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Front Pagearrow Biggest EPZ in limbo
The government without any express reason has refrained for the last three years from licensing the country's biggest and private Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) to operate, despite the fact that
 arrow 9 bombs recovered from Tangail ditch
Police yesterday recovered nine 'powerful' live bombs from a ditch in a village under Modhupur upazila of Tangail and a grenade from a pond in a village under Kurigram Sadar upazila.
 arrow Cops seize books from Abu Sayeed's house
Detective police yesterday confiscated a number of copies of two newly published books suspected to carry seditious contents written by Awami League leader and former state minister for information Prof
 arrow Ekushey In The Air...

 arrow Bush warns Syria, Iran
President George W. Bush has heightened warnings to Syria after the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, and Iran over US suspicions that Tehran is seeking to build nuclear arms.
 arrow Load-shedding dogs Chittagong city
An acute power crisis resulting from a massive shortfall in gas supply has been dogging the port city and the region since late January forcing in an average of two-hour load-shedding a day.
 arrow Outlawed party leader killed in shootout
A regional leader of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was killed in a shootout between police and outlaws at a bordering village in Chuadanga Sadar upazila last night.
 arrow 3 BNP leaders remanded
Three of the five local BNP leaders arrested in connection with January 27 Habiganj grenade attack were yesterday put on a seven-day remand for interrogation in another murder case.
 arrow Frequent hartals disrupt academic calendars
Frequent hartals would upset the academic calendars of all educational institutions, apprehend teachers, students and their guardians alike.
 arrow Dr Kamal demands a 'truly' independent probe commission
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded a truly independent national commission to conduct a neutral and credible inquiry into all the bomb and grenade attacks.
 arrow Bhuiyan condemns attacks on NGOs
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday condemned bomb attacks on Brac and Grameen Bank offices in different parts of the country.
 arrow Books, pens & papers are their arms
Third Bangladesh Mathematical Olympiad 2005 began at city's Saint Joseph High School and College yesterday with a resolve to establish an enlightened Bangladesh on the strength of knowledge and wisdom.
 arrow Free water bodies from grabbers
Different socio-cultural organisations and environmentalists yesterday formed a human chain at Shahbagh in the city demanding recovery of some 43 illegally encroached and filled up canals in the capital.
 arrow More about RU Islamist teacher's past
More 'misdeeds' of Rajshahi University teacher Dr Asadullah Al Galib and the extent of his political clout are coming to light after arrested Islamist revolutionaries in their statements last week had
 arrow Forum to Protect Journalists holds protest rallies today
Journalists today hold simultaneous protest rallies at all press clubs across the country demanding proper investigation into all newsmen killings and attacks on their colleagues and punishment to the
 arrow Attacks on NGOs deepening crisis: Hasina
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina has appealed to all patriotic citizens irrespective of their party allegiance and opinions to pledge to pull down the Khaleda-Nizami government, which she dubbed as patron
 arrow 'Hawks driving doves away from politics'
Noted journalist Obaidul Huq yesterday said the Jatiya Sangsad should take lessons of unity and solidarity from the National Press Club.
 arrow Anti-Shia attacks kill 27 in Baghdad
At least 27 people were killed and more than 40 wounded in three attacks against Shias in Baghdad yesterday while three US soldiers were killed in action in northern region as Iraq's majority community
 arrow Scouring the ground...

 arrow A number of cops of SW region under watch
A number of senior police officials including three superintendents of police (SP) in southwestern region are under watch for suspected close links to extremists.
 arrow Govt still sitting on education commission report
The government is yet to start implementation of the National Education Commission-2003 report and is still 'prioritising the recommendations' of the report submitted 11 months ago.
 arrow AL rally today
Main opposition Awami Legaue (AL) will hold a rally today on the Bangabandhu Avenue in the city protesting skyrocketing of prices of essentials and demanding trial of the perpetrators linked with bomb
 arrow 4 members of Islamist group held
Police on Thursday night arrested four members of Islamist militant group, Jam'atul Mujahidin, in the district town and at Laxmipur village in Sadar upazila.
Businessarrow Common panel makes clean sweep in BGMEA polls
All 27 candidates from the common panel won the biennial polls of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA).
 arrow Dhaka Travel Mart 2005 begins March 4
Travel and tourism service providers in Asia will gather in Dhaka next month to promote and explore the untapped potential of the industry in the region.
 arrow Global recovery to gain steam despite slow Japan: OECD
The global economic recovery is set to gather momentum despite problems in Japan, which is suffering stagnation rather than recession, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)said
 arrow India mulls laxity of banking norms to better textile sector
India mulls over easing of banking norms to attract larger investment in textile sector in the light of huge growth opportunities in quota-free international market.
 arrow ADB plans to set up $600m tsunami fund
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday it would set up a 600-million-dollar fund to deliver prompt emergency funding to Asian countries hit by the Indian Ocean tsunamis in December.
 arrow World oil prices rise as fears of Opec cut remain
World oil prices rose Friday as fears that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) might cut production outweighed strong US inventories data, analysts said.
 arrow WTO to rule on renewed EU challenge to US tax breaks
The World Trade Organisation on Thursday accepted to rule on a European Union complaint against new US legislation abolishing contested corporate tax breaks, a trade source said here.
 arrow Russia says it makes progress in WTO talks
Russia said Thursday it made progress in talks this week on its accession to the World Trade Organisation and that a bilateral accord with Washington on entry looked more likely by the end of the year.
 arrow Internet fraud threatens US economy
Internet fraudsters, motivated by money and armed with sophisticated technology, pose an increased economic threat as they steal private data from companies and individuals, the director of the US Secret
 arrow India picks bureaucrat as new chief of bourse regulator
Senior bureaucrat M Damodaran is to become new chief of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the stock market watchdog.
 arrow India's Jet Airways IPO sells out fast
Shares of India's biggest private airline, Jet Airways, were snapped up within minutes at the launch Friday of its initial public offering (IPO) as an upbeat sentiment prevailed over the country's aviation
 arrow Chinaís mobile handset output capacity to hit 500m in 2005
China's mobile phone production capacity, already the world's biggest, is set to rise from 300 million handsets in 2004 to 500 million this year as some 40 new producers begin manufacturing, the top economic
 arrow Dhaka Bank signs remittance deal with US co
Dhaka Bank Limited has signed a remittance arrangement agreement with a US company, Placid NK Corporation, on Wednesday.
 arrow Mitsubishi Tokyo, UFJ eye $9.5b net profit after merger
Mitsubishi Tokyo Financial Group and UFJ Holdings aim to post a net profit of one trillion yen (9.
 arrow Bottlenecks, labour shortage hinder Australian growth
The head of Australia's central bank warned Friday that a labour shortage and infrastructure bottlenecks were limiting exports and hindering the economy's growth prospects.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Feb 12-Feb 17, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar was on a stronger tone against BDT in this week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Wayaskarani waltz
Young fast bowler Wayaskarani Palash became a revelation on debut after destroying Sylhet with a six-wicket haul as Chittagong stormed to an innings and 64-run victory with a day to spare in their second
 arrow Cricket: Pakistanís tour on
Pakistan has agreed to play a one-day international in the riot-hit Indian city of Ahmedabad, ending a row over venues that threatened the team's first cricket tour of India in six years, an officialsaid
 arrow Cricket: Ashraful relishing captaincy
Bangladesh batting sensation Mohammad Ashraful is looking forward to his first stint as captain at any level when he leads a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven in the Duleep Trophy in India.
 arrow Cricket: 'Take your time Tendulkar'
Prolific Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar should skip the upcoming high-profile cricket series against Pakistan if he is not fully fit, according to legendary England opener Geoff Boycott.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib blow
Fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar pulled out of Pakistan's upcoming tour of India on Friday saying it would take him at least a month to recover from a hamstring injury.
 arrow Cricket: India seek tax relief for 2011 WC
India would bid to host cricket's World Cup in 2011 provided the sport's showpiece one-day event was exempt from government tax, a leading official said Friday.
 arrow Football: Owen might get a start
England striker Michael Owen may be handed a rare start for Real Madrid on Saturday after Brazilian World Cup winner Ronaldo returned from his high-profile Valentine's Day party in Paris with an injured
 arrow Football: First things first
Juventus midfielder Emerson has insisted he will not allow next week's mouth-watering Champions League tie against Real Madrid to distract him from Saturday's crunch league match away to Messina.
 arrow History Everton's worry
Everton may have beaten Manchester United in the FA Cup final 10 years ago but the memory of that match is unlikely to count for much when the teams meet in the fifth round of this season's competition
 arrow Cricket: Aus, NZ get serious today
After the light-hearted nature of the Twenty20 opener, the serious business in the New Zealand v Australia series begins on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Second Test from today
The visiting Bangladesh A team will face their Zimbabwean counterparts in the second Test starting in Bulawayo today.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Farashganj Sporting Club registered a 5-2 victory over Combined Sporting Club in yesterday's Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Shaheed Mintu Sangha defeated Huq Sporting Club by 74 runs in the opening match of the Econo First Division Cricket League at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball
Chittagong and Munshiganj confirmed their semifinal berths in Zone Three of the Pepsi 17th National Men's Handball Championship qualifiers yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis rested for Zim ODIs
South African batsman Jacques Kallis will be rested for the three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe, beginning on February 25 at Johannesburg.
 arrow Cricket: Harbhajan on target
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is likely to participate in the forthcoming series against Pakistan after a satisfactory stint with biome-chanical analysts at the University of Western Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Cricket Coaching Centre defeated GKSP by 42 runs in the First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer in qtrs
World number one Roger Federer handed out a resounding tennis lesson to teenage Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory to reach the last eight at the 782,250-euro Rotterdam
 arrow Football: Argentine legend passes away
Former European Footballer of the Year Omar Sivori, who played for both Argentina and Italy, has died from cancer of the pancreas, sources at the hospital where he was being treated said on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow Robbers stab doctor
A doctor was stabbed by a gang of robbers who stormed into his house in the city's Mohammadpur area yesterday.
The victim Fazle Elahi Chowdhury was admitted to Suhrawardy Hospital in a critical condition.

 arrow Bomb threat at BNP rally
A threat to bomb a BNP rally at Bakolia in the port city sent a wave of panic among the people yesterday evening.
Bakolia police received a phone call from an unknown person at around 5.

 arrow JCD beat four more BCL workers at JU
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists assaulted four more Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) workers on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus in the last two days as they requested the teachers
 arrow Sawmill gutted in N'ganj
A sawmill was gutted in a fire at Madanpur in Naranyanganj on Thursday night.
An electrical short circuit sparked off the fire, causing an estimated loss of Tk 5 lakh.

Nationalarrow Hundreds line up to resist move to shift gas plant from Ashuganj
Hundreds of people came down the Dhaka-Sylhet highway here on Wednesday to protest a decision to shift the NGL Fractionation Plant of Rupantarito Natural Gas Company from Ashuganj here to Koilastila in
 arrow 'Reopen Indian transit route thru' Chilahati'
Closure of Holdibari Land Customs Checkpoint in Kutchbihar by India has created lots of problems for hundreds of Bangladeshi passport holders intending to visit India for treatment or for reunion with
 arrow BSF bid to erect barbed-wire fence along Akhaura border foiled
Two attempts by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to erect barbed wire fence along the 'No Man's Land' near Anwarpur and Kashinagar border in Akhaura upazila was foiled jointly by the BangladeshRifles
 arrow 140 operated upon for free by Dutch plastic surgeons
About 140 patients were operated upon and over 400 patients treated at a week-long plastic surgery camp which concluded here on Tuesday.
 arrow 8 JCD leaders sued in Gaibandha
Eight Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders were sued on Wednesday for threatening Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Tributes paid to Osmani
A discussion meeting was held here on Wednesday to mark the 21st anniversary of death of General MAG Osmani, Commander-in-Chief of Bangladesh forces during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971.
 arrow Teachers' Day observed at RU
The Rajshahi University authorities yesterday observed Shaheed Dr Shamsuzzoha Day on the campus as Teachers' Day in a befitting manner.
 arrow Tk 40 cr project for rehabilitation of the handicapped
A Tk 40 crore project has been undertaken for development and rehabilitation of handicapped people of Charfassion upazila in Bhola.
 arrow Part of Dhaka-Sylhet highway unfit for use of vehicles
Part of the Dhaka-Sylhet highway stretching from Jagadishpur to Sherpur through Srimongal and Moulvibazar towns has become a death trap to passengers.
Point-Counterpointarrow The great martyrdom
The tenth of Muharram is a red letter day in the annals of history.
 arrow Ahmadiyya issue
Bangladesh has more than its share of problems and issues than it deserves. It is tragic for a small country burdened with a large population of 140 million and with no notable resource for consolation.
 arrow The teachings of Ashura
The 10th day of the lunar month of Muharram, that is, "Ashura" reminds us the supreme sacrifice made by Hazrat Imam Hussain (A), the grand-son of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him) for a just
 arrow Iraqi elections may not be what they seem
Judging by the jubilation and self-congratulation of the Bush administration in the aftermath of the January 31 Iraqi elections, one can be forgiven for thinking that the Iraqis had just endorsed theAmerican
Culturearrow Ekushey on artists' canvas
Among the people in the world of art and culture, Bangladeshi artists took a leading role in the die-hard struggle of establishing Bangla as the state language of the then East Pakistan," art critic Abul
 arrow Dialogues sans words
Mime is undoubtedly one of the most neglected sectors in the cultural arena of our country.
 arrow They are "differently abled"
It was back in 1977 when a few anxious parents with the help of professionals founded the Society for the Welfare of the Intellectually Disabled, Bangladesh (SWID, Bangladesh) on humanitarian grounds.
 arrow Pancakes with an altruistic cause
February is celebrated as the pancake-month in Europe and North America.
Generalarrow 'Political change needed to protect workers' interests'
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said a radical political change is needed to protect the interests of the workers.
 arrow Call to protect biodiversity of Sundarbans
Indifferent attitude of the government and over-commercial attitude of businessmen have put the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the world, under threat through destruction of its biodiversity,
 arrow Drilling of a relief well to be delayed
Drilling of a relief well at Tengratila gas field to seal off its main well, which was severely damaged in a fire on January 7, will be delayed further as preparatory work will take a few more weeks to
 arrow RU dining hall staffs begin strike
The dining hall workers of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday began an indefinite work abstention to realise the demand for confirmation of their jobs as university employees.
 arrow Jhenidah Sadar UP office ransacked
A gang of armed hoodlums attacked Jhenidah sadar upazila parishad office in early yesterday and destroyed valuable papers after breaking open different rooms.
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair opens
An 11-day-long Ekushey Book Fair was kicked off at DC Hill Park in the port city yesterday with a call to build a prosperous country being imbued with the spirit of the Language Movement.
 arrow 3 journalists receive ERF awards
The Economic Reporters' Forum (ERF) yesterday distributed awards among three reporters for their excellence in reporting.
Internationalarrow Nepal faces int'l military aid cut, says US, UK
Nepal faces a freeze in international military aid if its king, who has seized absolute power, does not restore fundamental rights to the people within the coming weeks, the United States and United Kingdom
 arrow US army files detail prison abuse cases
An Iraqi prisoner stated US forces beat him with a baseball bat, broke his nose and dislocated his arms, then coerced him to drop an abuse claim to gain his release, Army files made public yesterday showed.
 arrow 'Jihadis to come to power if Musharraf is removed'
Top US intelligence officials have said that "extremist Islamic politicians would gain greater influence" in Pakistan if Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf is assassinated or replaced.
 arrow Shias take reins of power
Intense political wrangling gathered pace in Iraq after certified election results put Shias in power for the first time and the country was wracked by continued killings and fears of more kidnapping.
 arrow Iran has no nukes, says Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said yesterday that recent moves by Iran showed it did not possess nuclear weapons and he said Moscow would continue nuclear cooperation with the Islamic Republic.
 arrow Badawi, Musharraf talk restructuring of OIC
According to Online, the Malaysian premier supported Pakistan on its Kashmir stand and welcomed peace talks between Pakistan and India.
 arrow Palestinian deportees allowed to go home
Israel allowed 16 Palestinians expelled from the West Bank during the uprising to return to their homes and concluded that demolishing the homes of Palestinian suicide bombers and gunmen does not deter
 arrow Tigers reject UN charges over child soldiers
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said yesterday a United Nations report saying that the guerrilla movement had recruited more than 4,700 children since 2001 was false.
 arrow Cocktail parties behind bars land Indian MP in Tihar Jail
A parliament member is being shifted from a provincial prison to India's maximum-security one yesterday to put a stop to lavish luxuries he enjoyed behind bars in the lawless state of Bihar, jail officials
 arrow '1,000 Afghan children feared dead in cold snap'
Aid workers in Afghanistan said yesterday they feared up to 1,000 children may have died from cold and malnutrition during severe winter weather affecting the west of the war-shattered country.
 arrow Protester throws shoe at former Pentagon adviser
Howard Dean, the newly minted leader of the Democratic Party, and former Pentagon adviser Richard Perle made clear their opposing views on the war in Iraq during a debate marred by a protester who tossed
 arrow 2 Sunni rebels blow themselves up in Pakistan
Two Sunni Muslim militants blew themselves to bits with a hand grenade after a gunbattle with Pakistani police, while 50 suspects were arrested in a separate incident, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Landmark Kyoto treaty in operation
Even though an incomplete Kyoto Protocol to the self-willed exclusion of the USA, the largest carbon monoxide producer in the world, and Australia, with her wide-ranging coal mines, has taken effect,there
 arrow Editorial: Post Hariri scenario
The spontaneous outpourings of public outrage and grief at the funeral of the slain former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri have been a measure of the high esteem in which he was held by his people.
 arrow No other alternative but SAARC
The postponing of the 13th SAARC Summit has exposed once again the fragile foundation on which South Asian unity is trying to build its edifice.
 arrow Second Bush term: The economic agenda
Few can doubt the economic agenda of the Second Bush Administration. It is to take forward Globalisation and make it prevail everywhere, in all its major aspects.
Letters to Editorarrow Heading towards an uncivilized country?
For the last few years Bangladesh has been experiencing a series of bomb and grenade attacks on cultural functions, political gatherings, cinema halls, mosque and recently on NGO offices.
 arrow "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil"
Jameel Musa in his rejoinder of January 14, 2004, accuses me of devaluing Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina for stating "the main reason these two ladies find themselves at the top of the political ladder
 arrow Feeling from Kolkata
I am an Indian who was once based in Dhaka and used to subscribe to The Daily Star. I still read it, time permitting, on the net.
 arrow SAARC Summit
India's eleventh hour decision not to attend the SAARC Summit in Dhaka came as a bolt from the blue! Had there been any security lapses, India could communicate her concerns for necessary redress farbefore.
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Literaturearrow A Few Pages From An Unknown Diary
20 February, '52
...People standing on the street seem strangely lifeless. A little while back students on a horse-driven cart had ridden through the streets announcing tomorrow's hartal.

 arrow February 23rd
After the burial of the martyrs was completed there was
nobody left to rescue them from the clutches of the
professional feast-revellers.

 arrow Ekushey
Great and noble Twentyfirst, the blood-hued
Twentyfirst February.

 arrow On Ekushey Book Fair
We met late in the day at the book fair
The book looks great; my, how nice,
What a fantastic cover--who drew it,
Qayyum Chowdhury, or somebody else?
And even though the title sounds offbeat,

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