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Front Pagearrow Govt finally cracks down on militants; Galib arrested
Waking up to the militants' threat, the government at last banned Islamist outfits Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) yesterday accusing them of a series
 arrow Eating own words
The government has finally eaten its own words by banning Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), an Islamist militant organisation led by Bangla Bhai.
 arrow JMJB, Jama'atul behind bomb attacks: Home ministry
The home ministry yesterday afternoon issued a press note announcing the ban of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) and Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) accusing them of a large number of bomb
 arrow Electoral balance makes BNP weak-kneed against militants
The BNP think-tank drags its feet in tackling the Islamist militancy spiralling across the country out of fear of hurting the electoral balance in the next polls, said sources close to the policy-making
 arrow JS session adjourned for quorum crisis
The speaker adjourned the parliament session on Tuesday for four days amid signs of an acute quorum crisis, as a large number of ruling BNP lawmakers started remaining absent from the parliamentary proceedings.
 arrow Rich tax-dodgers
He spends Tk 15 lakh a year on the education of his two sons at the American International School. He drives an expensive BMW car. And he is one of the top 20 richest persons of the country.
 arrow Washington meet begins
The donors yesterday started their meeting on Bangladesh at Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC to discuss their aid strategy against the backdrop of rising Islamist militancy, violation of human rights,
 arrow UN HR agency asks govt for information on grenade attacks
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has asked Bangladesh government to furnish information regarding the assassination of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina's
 arrow Islamist militancy is a propaganda by media: Saifur
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday dubbed the onset of Islamist militancy across the country as nothing but a 'foul propaganda' by a section of the media.
 arrow Inefficient committees, quorum crisis cripple JS
Quorum crisis and poor performance of parliamentary standing committees are the two major factors that hamstrung the Jatiya Sangsad last year, observed a Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) report.
 arrow Cops under pressure for political unrest
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said while the law and order situation is improving, extra pressure on police is being created through political unrest and sporadic subversive activities, hampering
 arrow Launch masters rely only on wisdom
The masters of passenger launches on various river routes say that the lack of a national emergency warning or weather forecasting system forces them to depend on their wisdom alone during storms or tornadoes.
 arrow Team goes to Myanmar for talks
A two-member team has left for Myanmar to take part in a two-day technical meeting begins today on a transnational gas pipeline from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh.
 arrow HC stays probe for 2 weeks
The High Court (HC) yesterday stayed for two weeks Bangladesh Bank's investigation into the fake bank accounts opened with Premier Bank Ltd and asked the central bank to submit its findings to the court.
 arrow 11 Iraqis, 2 Gis killed in attacks
Violence in Iraq killed two US soldiers and 11 Iraqis in a spate of insurgent attacks in the troubled north yesterday, police and the US army said.
 arrow Grave threat...

 arrow Terrorist Islamic organisations country's enemies: Shariah Council
Eleven Islamic thinkers and leaders of the Jatiya Shariah Council Bangladesh (JSCB) in a joint statement yesterday expressed their deep concern over the prevailing situation in the country, including killing,
 arrow Action too little, too late
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina's Political Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said the government's step to ban two extremist outfits is 'too little and too late to bring about any meaningful
 arrow JCD men beat up journos for reporting on gambling
Cadres of the ruling BNP's student front, Jatyiatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), yesterday beat up a journalist in Kushtia, demanding he leave the town within 12 hours or face 'dire consequences,' and also confined
 arrow Myanmar FM arrives
Bangladesh and Myanmar hold official talks here today on bilateral issues, including trade and economic cooperation, road communication and repatriation of Myanmar refugees.
 arrow AAG accused of bribery
An assistant attorney general was yesterday accused of demanding money in return for extending the tenure of an alleged criminal's bail.
 arrow Correction
A story run by The Daily Star yesterday under the headline 'BB nod to Premier Bank MD under question' mistakenly said 'Mazid was then working as the MD of NBL', which should read 'The Bangladesh Bankwarned
 arrow Clarification
The Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) Corporation, in clarification of a news item published in The Daily Star on February 19 under the headline "Biggest EPZ in Limbo," said it had never been approached
Businessarrow Good corporate governance leads to investment growth
Good corporate governance creates an environment conducive to investment, president of Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) said yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow DSE to set up branches in major cities this year
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will start setting up its branches in major cities this year to offer doorstep services to investors across the country, the exchange's new president said yesterday.
 arrow US for strong economic base of Bangladesh: Thomas
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas Jr yesterday said the US government always desires that Bangladesh's economic base becomes further strengthened in future through its increased internal andinternational
 arrow Dollar hits Tk63.70
Dollar price in the inter-bank foreign exchange market yesterday hit Tk 63.70 in the face of huge demand from importers.
The price was Tk63.65 on Tuesday.

 arrow Reserves for infrastructure may get India budget nod
India's budget next week may give the green light to a controversial plan that will allow the use of foreign exchange reserves to fund infrastructure projects, even though it may widen the fiscal deficit
 arrow Machine Tools Factory posts profit
Once a losing unit, Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory in Joydebpur made a profit of Tk 6.03 crore in the last four years under the management of Bangladesh Army.
 arrow Renault, Mahindra team up to build budget cars in India
French car maker Renault said Tuesday it had agreed to create a joint venture with Indian manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra to build and sell Logan cars, a low-cost model, in India from 2007.
 arrow ACME fruit juice hits market
ACME Agrovet & Beverages Ltd, a consumer product manufacturing subsidiary of pharmaceutical company ACME Laboratories, has recently launched ACME orange and mango juice in the market.
 arrow Toyota among ten most admired companies
Japan's Toyota Motor has been named as one of the world's top ten most admired companies, Fortune magazine said Wednesday.
Fortune's annual poll placed the Japanese automaker fifth in the rankings.

 arrow Eastland Camellia recommends 23pc dividend
The board of directors of Eastland Camellia Ltd in a meeting on Tuesday recommended a 23 percent dividend for the year 2004.
ASMO Subhan, chairman of the company, presided over the meeting.

 arrow EU trade chief to press China over texile exports
EU trade chief Peter Mandelson headed to China Wednesday to pursue the European bloc's push for a new strategic partnership with Beijing, amid increasing US suspicion of the links between the two.
 arrow Sylhet int'l trade fair now begins on March 10
The month long Sylhet International Trade Fair, which was scheduled to begin tomorrow, had been deferred.
 arrow Air France-KLM named airline of the year
European airline Air France-KLM, founded in May by Air France's merger with its Dutch rival KLM, has been named airline of 2005 by Air Transport World air industry magazine, for its "remarkable" transformation
Sportsarrow Cricket: Nahid blows Khulna away
Khaled Mahmud's youthful Dhaka crushed Khulna by ten wickets to storm to the top of the one-day table in the National Cricket League.
 arrow Football: Fed Cup from tomorrow
Domestic football for the year 2005 gets rolling tomorrow with the kick off of the 20th Federation Cup at the Bir Sheshthra Shaheed Mustafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur.
 arrow Cricket: BCB boys a-Paulled
Putting up a pathetic batting display in the face of hostile bowling by paceman Shiv Shankar Paul, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven were left facing the prospect of an innings defeat in their
 arrow Cricket: Wright hints at quitting
India's cricket coach John Wright on Wednesday hinted he wants to resign after the upcoming series against Pakistan, saying he was unlikely to commit himself for another two years.
 arrow Cricket: 'Pak tour not in danger'
Pakistan's cricket tour of India will go ahead as scheduled next month, Indian cricket chief Ranbir Singh Mahendra said on Wednesday, ending speculation the high-profile tour could be cancelled due to
 arrow Cricket: India bans national colours on kits
When India's cricketers clash with arch-rivals Pakistan at home next month they will not be allowed to wear their patriotism on their sleeves -- or gear.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden in doubt
Australia's opening batsman Matthew Hayden's long-awaited return to form has taken a blow with a shoulder injury putting him in doubt for Saturday's third one-day international in New Zealand, the team
 arrow Cricket: It's on Imran's advice
Imran Khan has admitted that he talked Shoaib Akhtar out of making himself available for the Indian tour.
 arrow Tennis: Tennis girl in cricket land
For long cricketers were the only sportspersons to get mobbed in India, but a petite teenager now enjoys similar star status.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan not so hopeful over Malik
Pakistan are resigned to the likelihood of not being able to use Shoaib Malik as a bowler on the tour of India.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni eyes a permanent Test place
India are facing a wicketkeeping dilemma ahead of the eagerly awaited series with Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: 'Glue yourselves to the pitches'
Former master batsman Zaheer Abbas Tuesday advised Pakistani players to stick to the crease at all costs if they want to put rival India under pressure in the opening Test at Mohali.
 arrow Hockey: Wanderers blank Bachelor
Dhaka Wanderers Club blanked Bachelor Sporting Club 4-0 in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
The winners led the first half 2-0.

 arrow Football: Gunners take a lesson
English Premiership champions Arsenal have a mountain to climb to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League after German powerhouse Bayern Munich triumphed 3-1 in the first leg of the last sixteen
 arrow Football: Advantage Reds
Liverpool's stop-start season clicked back into gear on Tuesday after a 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen left them firmly on course for a place in the last eight of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Helguera makes it Real's night
A glancing header from Ivan Helguera gave a dominant Real Madrid a slender 1-0 win over Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League knockout tie at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Alex gives PSV the edge
Brazilian Alex scored early on to earn dominating PSV Eindhoven a 1-0 Champions League home victory at the Philips Stadium over hapless Monaco who did well to keep down the winning scoreline on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: It's bending again
There are a few arguments over whether England captain David Beckham is actually the best taker of free kicks in the world but he is certainly the best known.
 arrow Football: Souness targets Owen
Newcastle manager Graeme Souness wants to play Alan Shearer alongside Michael Owen next season.
 arrow Football: Attitude rewarded
Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo put their 1-0 victory over Juventus down to the players' determined attitude and his own detailed preparation for the Champions League knockout round match.
Metropolitanarrow Five to die, seven others jailed for life
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced five people to death and seven others to life imprisonment for killing Asaduzzaman, a motor parts worker, in April 2002.
 arrow 520 mobile sets stolen from airport cargo complex
A total of 520 mobile sets have been stolen from the cargo complex of Zia International Airport.
 arrow PM urges Bangladeshi expats to project country's true picture
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday described every expatriate Bangladeshi as a 'goodwill ambassador' and hoped that they would project the true picture of the country across the world.
 arrow Govt plans to set up permanent public prosecution system
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday underscored the need for establishing a permanent public prosecution system and an independent investigation department in a bidto
 arrow 11 women killed a day: Mmc study
Most incidents of rape and repression of women and children in the country go unreported because of the intimidation by perpetrators and the fear of social stigma and trauma of medical tests, according
 arrow Awards to Rab men irk cops
Resentment is rife among police at awarding police medals to 19 army personnel serving under Rapid Action Battalion (Rab).
 arrow No election to 45 women's seats till Feb 23
The High Court (HC) yesterday extended for two weeks the effect of its order that stayed holding election to 45 reserved seats for women in the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) and ordered the Election Commission
 arrow Domestic help bullet-hit
A 13-year-old domestic help was bullet-hit by his employer's son at a house at Dhanmondi residential area in the city early yesterday.
 arrow Birth anniversary of Atish Dipankar celebrated
The Buddhist community yesterday celebrated the 1023rd birth anniversary of Atish Dipankar, a spiritual teacher, and the 96th birth anniversary of Mahasanghanayaka Visuddhananda in a befitting manner.
 arrow 1,696 more held
Police arrested 1,696 more people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
The law enforcers also recovered 14 firearms and 13 bullets.

Nationalarrow Dwindling shrimp production
Satkhira, known for producing the lion share of export- earner shrimps, may soon lose the identity.
 arrow UPDF a govt-backed armed body, Shantu Larma alleges
Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) chief Jotirindriya Bodhipriya Larma alias Shantu Larma yesterday claimed that the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), which opposes the CHT peace
 arrow Road accidents kill 5, injure 85 in Rangpur, Kushtia
Five persons were killed and 85 injured in two bus accidents in Kushtia and Rangpur yesterday and the day before.
 arrow CHT out of OMS of rice, appeal ignored
The government has excluded Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban hill districts from Open Market Sale (OMS) of rice, ignoring appeals from the administrations to introduce the programme for the ultra
 arrow Ban politics based on religion
Different political and cultural organisations in Jahangirnagar University (JU) in separate statements on Tuesday demanded immediate action against the 'religious extremists' arrested from a culturalprogram
 arrow Tribal cultural festival in Rangamati from today
A five-day Indigenous Cultural Festival will begin at the Tribal Cultural Institute here today.
 arrow 50 injured in B'baria clash
At least 50 persons were injured in a clash between two rival groups at Shaymogram village in Nabinagar upazila on Monday.
 arrow Fire at Zia Fertiliser stops production
Production at Ashuganj Zia fertiliser factory came to a halt following a fire incident Tuesday night.
The fire that lasted for half an hour damaged the factory's Amonia plant.

 arrow Indian enclaves in Dinajpur 'safe haven for criminals'
Indian enclaves in Dinajpur and Panchagarh districts are safe havens for criminals, who commit crimes and slip into Indian territories.
 arrow Ensure 5 pc tribal quota in higher edn instts
The Pahari Chhatra Parishad (PCP), a student body aligned with PCJSS (Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Parishad), brought out a procession in the town on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum to the education
 arrow Little headway in journalist Belal murder case
Police on Tuesday made little headway in the investigation of journalist Belal murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow New democratic system that may suit Bangladesh!
The Oxford dictionary meaning of democracy is -- "a system of government by all people of a country, usually through representatives whom they elect." But do all people participate in the election? No.
 arrow Studying social entrepreneurship
Bangladesh, with its high population density, widespread poverty, and susceptibility to natural disasters, is a challenging environment for development initiatives.
Culturearrow Charanrekha
What is the spirit of Ekushey? It is obviously not limited just to the practice of Bangla. The spirit of Ekushey has rather a very broad range of significance.
 arrow Meeting of musical minds
Those who believe "ne'er the twain shall meet" about Eastern and Western music, had only to listen to the mellifluous notes at a recent concert at the Goethe Institut auditorium.
 arrow Utpal Dutta: Portraying a gamut of emotions
It has been almost a decade since the legendary actor Utpal Dutta breathed his last.
 arrow Then there were two...
Who will be the first Indian Idol? This question is on the minds of everyone who has been viewing this popular show on Sony Entertainment Television over the last six months.
Generalarrow 54 policemen get gallantry awards
Fifty-four police personnel have been awarded gallantry medals in recognition of their professional excellence and courageous role in arresting the dreaded criminals.
 arrow Intensify agitation to oust govt : Menon
President of Bangladesh Workers Party Rashed Khan Menon yesterday called upon the people to intensify the ongoing agitation to overthrow the fanatic alliance government.
 arrow Militants issue death threat to AL leaders
Just banned Islamist militant group Jamaa't-ul-Mujahideen yesterday issued death threats to seven leaders of the Awami League and its front organisations in a letter sent to a local newspaper office in
 arrow One killed in Pabna clashes
One person was killed and 30 others were injured in clashes between two groups of villagers at Bera upazila in Pabna yesterday.
The clash first occurred on Tuesday night over the irrigation of land.

 arrow Case against OC, 230 others
A case was filed Tuesday against 231 people, including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Karimganj Police Station, in connection with the killing of an Awami League (AL) activist and injuring over 100 others.
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 '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 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 Badawi, Musharraf talk restructuring of OIC
Visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met President Pervez Musharraf and exchanged views on bilateral and regional matters and the restructuring of the Organisation of Islamic Conference
 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 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 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 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 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: Land subsidence jolt
The incident of land subsidence in Kapasia, 40km off Dhaka, on Tuesday left the local people in a state of panic and the entire country considerably baffled.
 arrow Editorial: We are deeply shocked
It is with great distress that we received the news of the 6.4 magnitude earthquake in southeast Iran that has killed more than 500 people and devastated villages, injuring thousands more.
 arrow Enhancing the privileges of the lawmakers
It is learnt from newspapers that the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Privileges in its meeting held on January 18, 2005 agreed that the privileges of the lawmakers would be increased through
 arrow Compulsions of peace
Here is a thought for the war lobby that must have surely begun planning how to sabotage the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus link scheduled to start from 7 April.
Letters to Editorarrow Ekushey observance
I shall never forget my first three 'Ekusheys' in Bangladesh.
 arrow Ashura and misconception
Before coming to Saudi Arabia and attending sermons in English on Fridays, I had the same perception on Ashura as it is reflected in editorials in today's newspapers and various write ups since yesterday
 arrow Avoid 'Banglish'
There are hundreds of words in Bangla language that came from other languages. English is dominating over those languages.
 arrow Can we get along?
As we have witnessed for the past 10-15 years, both the major parties have failed to come to any common ground to deal with the country's problems.
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