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Front Pagearrow Tight security plan for Amar Ekushey
The nation will tomorrow observe the Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day through paying homage to the Language Movement martyrs amid tight security in the Central Shaheed Minar and adjoining
 arrow Try killers of journos
Editors of all the leading newspapers yesterday took to the street in the capital in a unique protest against the unabated killings of journalists across Bangladesh and demanded that the culprits be tried
 arrow Markets go wild as policy body sleeps
A high-powered council to co-ordinate fiscal, monetary and exchange rate policies supposed to meet every quarter has failed to sit even for once since its formation in March 2003, although commodity prices
 arrow Face conspiracy with Ekushey spirit
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all patriotic citizens to come forward with the spirit of Ekushey to face an unholy nexus of conspiracy, terrorism, vandalism and false propaganda against Bangladesh.
 arrow Tk 25cr lost a year to bureaucratic sloth
A yearly earning of at least Tk 25 crore from exporting cattle bones and horns has been stalled since 2001, with the finance ministry putting off payment of only 15,000 euros to get a certificate clearing
 arrow AL protests attacks, price hike
Awami League (AL) leaders at a rally in the capital yesterday accused the alliance government of infringing on the most basic rights of people.
 arrow Man, nephew die in police action
A middle-aged man and his nephew, both with long criminal records, were killed in an 'encounter' with police in Keraniganj yesterday.
 arrow Space for liberal thoughts shrinking in Bangladesh
A wave of fundamentalism is sweeping the world, endangering fundamental rights and civil liberties, says Irene Khan, the chief of the rights watchdog Amnesty International.
 arrow 5 journalists threatened with death
Criminals yesterday threatened five journalists with death in letters sent to them by post in Abhoynagar upazila.
 arrow Toughing Out The Bleal Realities...

 arrow Safta meet cancelled
A key meeting on the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) pact, which is to come into effect by 2006, has been cancelled close on the heels of the postponement of the 13th Saarc summit.
 arrow Gusts lash Dhaka, dists
Dhaka and some other districts last night experienced light rain accompanied by gusty wind.
 arrow Killed for a meter
An electrician was beaten to death in front of his seven-year-old son in Khilgaon yesterday for failing to buy neighbours an electric meter.
 arrow Unesco website yet to add background
Although the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) declared February 21 as International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in recognition of 1952's Language Movement, it has
 arrow Dhaka deemed a role model of liberal democracy
The US administration considers Bangladesh as an important partner and a role model of liberal democracy in a moderate Muslim nation, foreign ministry's Advisor Reaz Rahman said yesterday on his return
 arrow 4 highway robbers 'lynched'
A mob lynched four highway robbers in Tarapur in Puthia upazila Friday night, according to police.
 arrow Ashura today
The holy Ashura, commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (R), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed today with due religious solemnity.
 arrow Bomb scare...

 arrow Outlaw link reported to govt last year
Two intelligence agencies in separate reports informed the government last year that the then additional superintendent of police of Khulna Mofazzel Hossain had close links with 12 top extremists andfive
 arrow IMF team due tomorrow
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission is due in the capital tomorrow to review the conditions for the fourth instalment of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) loan.
 arrow Police not planning to arrest Asadullah
Police say they have no immediate plans to arrest the controversial Rajshahi University teacher Dr Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib, citing 'lack of evidence,' but admitted they are maintaining close watch
 arrow UP member shot, hacked to death
Unidentified assailants shot and knifed a Union Parishad (UP) member to death and injured another in Agkolia village in Daulatpur upazila Friday night.
 arrow Jubo League man confesses to bomb attack on Dip Azad
An arrested former leader of Awami Jubo League yesterday confessed to hurling a bomb at daily Jugantor Khulna Bureau Chief Dip Azad on the night of January 4.
 arrow BCL threatens non-stop strike at DU
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday threatened to call an indefinite strike at Dhaka University (DU) if its leader Abu Abbas Bhuiyan is not released by February 22.
 arrow Bac staff yet to start working for ACC
The former staff of the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) did not start working at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday as they did not receive any official orders from the commission in linewith
 arrow 50,000 workers rally against govt decision
About 50 thousand bidi factory workers of Haragachh and its adjoining areas yesterday held a rally in Rangpur town and laid siege to the office of the deputy commissioner in protest against the government's
 arrow 5 to die, 6 get life for killing trader
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced five people including a father and his son to death and jailed six others for life for killing a trader, Ahsanullah, in Baunia Bazar in Uttara in 1998.
 arrow 5 AL leaders granted bail
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted ad interim bail to five leaders of the main opposition Awami League (AL) in a criminal case.
 arrow Arms haul at Rangamati
Two light guns and a foreign revolver were seized from the possession of a union parishad (UP) member at Kadamtali in Baghaichhari upazila yesterday.
 arrow Bilia for neutral investigation
Bangladesh Institute of Law and International Affairs (Bilia) yesterday called for an independent and transparent investigation into the January 27 grenade attack that left former finance minister Shah
Businessarrow Global Ins IPO eight times oversubscribed
The initial public offering (IPO) of Global Insurance Limited has received tremendous responses from investors, oversubscribing by around eight times.
 arrow Saifur asks donors to ensure adequate fund for the poor
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman urged world donor community to ensure adequate development funding for poor countries like Bangladesh for poverty alleviation and social uplift.
 arrow CITF to help promote local products
Organisers hope Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) 2005 will be an outstanding congregation of buyers and sellers from home and abroad that can help promote market of local products.
 arrow Iranian FM to visit India, gas imports seen as key topic
Iran's foreign minister is to begin a three-day visit to India Sunday for talks following New Delhi's decision to launch discussions on securing gas to fuel its energy-hungry economy.
 arrow WEF Asia roundtable from Apr 28 in S'pore
The World Economic Forum in partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on Friday announced its Asia roundtable that will be held in Singapore on April 28 and 29.
 arrow Air travel to Phuket falls
Phuket International Airport lost revenue of more than Bt100 million in the first two months of this year due to a sharp decline in the number of travellers after the tsunami, the airport director said
 arrow Britain invites India for July G-7 meet in Scotland
Britain has invited India for a summit of the Group of Seven industralised nations and Russia to be held in Scotland in July, a report said Saturday.

The meeting is to be held from July 6 to 8.

 arrow Singapore announces $792m in tax cuts
Singapore announced personal tax cuts and other financial breaks worth 1.3 billion Singapore dollars (792 million US) on Friday as it reported the budget would return to surplus in the next financialyear.
 arrow Inflation fears flare on surprise jump in US wholesale prices
Inflation moved to the front burner Friday after a report showing a surprisingly sharp increase in wholesale prices prompted a reassessment of the US economic outlook.
 arrow Pak economy to grow at 8pc in coming years: Aziz
Pakistan's economy is expected to achieve a growth rate of eight percent over the next several years, Prime Minister Shawkat Aziz said here Saturday.
 arrow US, Central American countries add green provisions to FTA
The United States and Central American nations on Friday added provisions aimed at protecting the environment in a seven-nation free trade agreement.
 arrow ECB ready to hold rates steady for now
With growth patchy, the European Central Bank is ready to hold interest rates low a while longer, even as it keeps a wary eye on inflationary risks from cheap money, ECB policymakers said Friday.
 arrow Oil prices climb back over $48
Oil prices rose Friday bolstered by expectations of possible OPEC production cuts and reversing a slide in the previous session that was triggered by hefty stock builds in the United States.
 arrow Hyundai projects new image as elegant sedan maker
Six years ago, US late-night talk show host Jay Leno compared Hyundai cars to luge sleds, saying you had to push to get them going and they only went downhill.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Little Mehrab's ton can't avoid draw
Young Mehrab Hossain hit his maiden first-class century but that was not enough for Dhaka to avoid a draw against Barisal at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dav wants performance
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore hoped that the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven would perform at a certain level in India's premier first-class competition the Duleep Trophy.
 arrow Cricket: McGrath deals death blow
Paceman Glenn McGrath led Australia to a 10-run win over New Zealand in a thrilling one-day cricket international here Saturday, as a late New Zealand charge faltered with the last three wickets falling
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan turn to Arshad
Off-spinner Arshad Khan was recalled after five years in the wilderness for Pakistan's tour of India on Saturday following fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar's withdrawal with hamstring trouble.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar loss pains them
Pakistan cricket greats expressed dismay on Saturday after top bowler Shoaib Akhtar pulled out of the upcoming Test tour of India with a hamstring injury.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo distracts Real!
Real Madrid coach Wanderley Luxemburgo believes the media interest surrounding Ronaldo's Valentine's Day engagement celebrations has damaged his team's preparations on the eve of crucial domestic andEuropean
 arrow Football: 'We're not supermen'
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho said his players were not supermen and he had little choice but to rest some of them at Newcastle on Sunday when they begin a busy week of football.
 arrow Football: Shevchenko happy with Italian job
European-footballer-of-the-year Andriy Shevchenko has ruled out ever moving to the Premiership.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin to play in Duleep Trophy
India's Sachin Tendulkar will return from a long-term elbow injury in a domestic four-day match starting on Tuesday, improving his chances of playing in the home series against Pakistan starting nextmonth.
 arrow Handball: Ctg zonal champs in Pepsi handball
Chittagong became zonal champions in the Pepsi 17th national handball championship when they beat Bandarban 24-21 in the final at the outer stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sonargaonís promotion
Sonargaon Cricketers earned their passage to the top flight of domestic leagues when they inflicted a 37-run defeat on Jatrabari Krira Chakra in their last match of the First Division Cricket League at
 arrow Cricket: Minnows' chance for WC place
Eight teams hope to take a step closer to the 2007 World Cup finals when they take part in the ICC World Cup Qualifying Series in Malaysia starting from Monday.
 arrow Football: Djorkaeff'sAmerican dream
Blackburn Rovers' former France striker Youri Djorkaeff announced Friday he was moving to New York to play for The MetroStars.
 arrow Football: France-Argentina friendly Aug 17
France will play a friendly against Argentina on August 17 in Stade de France, the French football federation (FFF) confirmed on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer reaches last four
World number one Roger Federer put down a Russian rebellion in the shape of journeyman Nikolay Davydenko here on Friday as a 7-5, 7-5 victory gave him a semifinal place in the Rotterdam Open.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Bachelors Sporting Club defeated Bangladesh Sporting Club 2-1 in the Green Delta Metropolis First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow 'Govt's inaction encourages killings'
Inaction of the government has encouraged the killings of pro-liberation forces including legislators, teachers and journalists, said the speakers at a memorial discussion yesterday.
 arrow People's body formed to probe grenade attacks
A National People's Inquiry Commission was formed yesterday to probe all the grenade and bomb attacks across the country.
 arrow Country to be brought under early disaster warning system
Bangladesh will be brought under an early disaster warning system in the wake of the recent tsunami that devastated South and South East Asia, said Disaster Management and Relief Minister Chowdhury Kamal
 arrow Int'l youth meet begins today
A three-day international youth summit begins in the city today, with young people of South Asia engaging in a joint search of issues of identity, diversity and active citizenship.
 arrow Nine houses gutted in Ctg
Nine houses were gutted in a devastating fire at Salimpur Pirbari in Faujdarhat yesterday.

An oven sparked off the fire at around 1.20pm, causing an estimated loss of Tk 10 lakh, sources said.

Nationalarrow A farewell to child labour
About 2,090 children were freed from the hazardous job at bidi factories here, at last.

They were freed following signing of a historical accord at a simple ceremony here on Thursday.

 arrow NGO workers call for security of life
Memoranda will be handed over to the deputy commissioner (DC) and the superintendent of police (SP) here by the Federation of NGOs, Bangladesh (FNB) here today.
 arrow Making women self-reliant thru' income generating activities
A two-day training workshop for women on Income Generating Activities (IGA) concluded at North Dharandi Government Primary School in Sadar upazila here on Thursday.
 arrow Reopening of railway route in Faridpur demanded
The business community and the people in general suffer a lot due to closure of the Panchuria-Faridpur railway route in 1988.
Point-Counterpointarrow The wider significance of 21st February in national life
21st February is more than a language movement.
 arrow The value and cost of emergency response
I have read the detailed chronology of the incredibly tragic events leading up to the death of SAMS Kibria as published in his family sponsored website www.kibria.org.
Culturearrow A poet of Language Movement
Poetry has always been a popular medium for expression of national events of Bangladesh especially the Language Movement of 1952 and the Liberation War of 1971.
 arrow A glimpse of Ekushey songs
I tried to catch a glimpse of the bright shimul tree at the crossroads of Tejgaon industrial area as our car sped by.
 arrow Should the martyrs be remembered only on special events?
"It has been 34 years but I still remember that ill-omened day vividly," says Sara Ara Mahmud, wife of Shaheed Altaf Mahmud who became a legend for composing the timeless song to venerate Ekushey February--Amar
 arrow Ekushey on T-shirts
"They were here.../They are lying here forever.../Let them sleep in peace./If you feel like, shed a tear for them.
Internationalarrow Clinton, Bush's tsunami tour begins in tears
Former US Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush began a tour of Asia's tsunami killing fields yesterday in a devastated Thai fishing village which offered tears and hope.
 arrow Bush refuses to rule out military strike on Iran
President Bush says speculation that the United States might attack Iran to end its nuclear programme is "just not the truth," although he refuses to rule out the possibility entirely.
 arrow Opposition brands Nepal a police state
Nepal under emergency rule has the face of a police state and King Gyanendra's forces are hounding politicians and potential opponents, not Maoist militants, with their sweeping powers, opposition leaders
 arrow Barrier not border for Palestinian state
The separation barrier Israel is building along the West Bank will not mark the definitive border of an eventual Palestinian state, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in an interview published in
 arrow Huge 'star-quake' rocks Milky Way
Astronomers say they have been stunned by the amount of energy released in a star explosion on the far side of our galaxy, 50,000 light-years away.
 arrow Iraq faces 'disaster' without reconciliation: Allawi
Iraq's interim prime minister Iyad Allawi has warned that his country faces disaster if it does not make firm moves toward national reconciliation and that it could fall under the influence of neighbouring
 arrow Lebanese opposition calls for uprising
The Lebanese opposition stepped up its campaign against the pro-Syrian government Friday, calling for a peaceful uprising to force the resignation of Prime Minister Omar Karami and the withdrawal of Syrian
 arrow Divided UN backs partial cloning ban
A bitterly divided UN committee approved a resolution calling on nations to ban all forms of human cloning incompatible with human dignity and the protection of human life.
 arrow Strong quake causes panic in Indonesia
A strong earthquake measuring 6.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ami Ki Bhulite Pari?
There can be no doubt of the centrality of February 21 to the Bangladeshi identity.
 arrow Editorial: Message of Ashura
Few episodes in history had such a profound impact on the events that followed as the tragedy of Karbala in which Imam Hossain (RA), the beloved grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (pbuh), embraced martyrdom
 arrow Faustian bargain with North Korea in the offing?
Once again like a recurring nightmare North Korean public acknowledgement that it possesses nuclear weapons and is pulling out of the six nation talks on denuclearization has put the world in a difficult
 arrow In language lies emancipation
After 24 years of bitter struggle, ignited and inspired by the language movement, Bangladesh emerged as a free nation.
Letters to Editorarrow Uncalled for
Deeply shocked, as we mourn the killing of a brilliant son of the soil we cannot but express our disappointment with the uncalled for advice of diplomats to our government.
 arrow Hartal and garments industry
Former finance minister SAMS Kibria was killed in a grenade attack on January 27. We all condemn this dastardly killing. The culprits should get exemplary punishment.
 arrow Saarc summit
The postponement of Saarc summit is no doubt a great shock for Bangladesh. This might create misunderstanding between the two neighbouring countries.
 arrow What brand of democracy?
I felt rather confused while reading Mr. M. Zamir's article of 12 Feb. captioned 'Iraq: election is just the beginning.' Midway into the article, Mr.
 arrow Norms and civility
Our esteemed political leaders, be in the government or in the opposition, have a sacred duty to teach better norms and civility to the countrymen.
 arrow Money transfer
I am writing to you in connection with the matters that happen when money is transferred from Australia to Bangladesh.

The Bangladeshi community in Australia is growing every day particularly in Sydney.

 arrow Dear readers
We have a new e-mail address for the Letters to the Editor page. Please send your letters to letters@thedailystar.
Star Healtharrow Preventing lung cancer
Lung cancer is the number one cause of cancer deaths in men and the second or third cause among women. In our country the prevalence of lung cancer is very high due to some precipitating factors.
 arrow Robotic heart surgery
Few months ago Ms Ellis Comfort (69), lived in Kentucky, USA, rushed to a hospital for chest tightness and breathlessness. It was diagnosed as a heart attack.
 arrow Queries on nutrition
Life moves at a fast pace these days. It is sometimes hard to fit all the pieces together to choose a healthy diet. Here goes some queries on nutritional factors.
 arrow Practice Save Delivery
During 1999-2000 the proportion of women attended by trained personnel during pregnancy was 33.7 per cent, deliveries attended by trained personnel 21.
 arrow Prevent osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, or soft bones, is a major public health threat, majority of whom are women.
 arrow Obesity bad for heart, even without disease
Just being obese - even if you don't have diabetes, heart disease or ailments - is still a heavy load on your heart, researchers said.
 arrow Sugary soft drinks raise risk of diabetes
Scientists said the spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels triggered by the sugary drinks may be at least partly to blame.
 arrow Notice
We are very encouraged by the support and feedback of our valued readers. Many readers have shown interest to send articles for publication in Star Health page.
Star Cityarrow Sorry, not enough room for aching hearts
The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar is facing an acute shortage of space in the coronary and post coronary care units.
 arrow 'Language Movement martyrs are ignoredí
The word 'father' meant only a photograph to him as he lost his father at the age of one. Nevertheless, father was his only inspiration in life.
 arrow Fair Ends on Enthusiastic Note

 arrow T&T connection made 'easy'
Nobody knows how long it could take to get a fixed line telephone connection of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) under the normal process.
 arrow Airport visitors agitated at lack of info screen
Monirul was flying off to Dubai. All at home were excited.
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