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Front Pagearrow Congo ambush kills 9 Bangladeshi troops
Nine UN peacekeepers from Bangladesh were killed and 11 others wounded yesterday when two UN patrols were ambushed in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the UN mission in the country said.
 arrow Donors concerned over worsening governance
The development partners of Bangladesh rounded off a unique meeting in Washington yesterday expressing concern at the deteriorating governance situation and deciding to keep a close watch on how the government
 arrow Ahab men on the run, JMJB flouts ban
When leaders and diehard workers of Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) are going into hiding to avoid arrest, many Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh (JMJB) activists are still in action in Bagmaraflouting
 arrow BDR, BSF agree to a cease-fire after daylong border clash
Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) agreed to a cease-fire at 8:00 last night after daylong fierce firing near Boshalupara border in Atoari upazila.
 arrow Crossfire kills 3 more in Kushtia
Three alleged operatives of outlawed political outfits including a regional leader of Jashod Gono Bahini were killed in the district early yesterday in 'crossfire' between their accomplices and police
 arrow Saifur to join donors meet in Paris Mar 1
The World Bank sponsored four-day high profile Bangladesh development meeting begins in Paris on February 28 to help accelerate the pace of implementation of reforms and smooth disbursement and better
 arrow Chetia not freed, wants asylum in Europe
Anup Chetia, founder general secretary and commander in chief of the arms wing of the United Liberation Front of Assam (Ulfa) urged the government to hand him over to a 'neutral' country, preferably in
 arrow Three held for LC forgery
Motijheel police yesterday arrested three members of a cheating clique involved in LC (letter of credit) forgery in the city and seized Tk 9.5 lakh and fake bank drafts.
 arrow 500 IPH staff drawing salary without work
About 500 staff of the country's lone Institute of Public Health (IPH), most of them experts and laboratory support staff, are without any work for years in the absence of a government decision on utilising
 arrow Part of Dhanmondi Club playground rented out illegally
Dhanmondi Club authorities have illegally rented out a part of their playground to set up a large hoarding for a yearly rent of Tk 50,000.
 arrow Chief whip's son shoots at shopkeeper
A gang led by a son of Chief Whip Khondokar Delwar Hossain allegedly ransacked a phone-fax shop, beat up the shop owner and fired several rounds of bullet in the city's Armanitola area.
 arrow Book reading builds worthy citizens
Reading books is the best thing for man and the habit of reading good books builds good citizens and a good society.
 arrow Ship breaking industry remains largely ignored
Ship breaking industry fetches an annual revenue of Tk 900 crore for the government and directly employs around 40,000 people but lack of proper policy and unsafe working conditions are greatly affecting
 arrow Border fencing top priority, says Indian president
Indian President A P J Abdul Kalam yesterday said security along the country's border with Bangladesh is one of the priorities of the government.
 arrow President asks police to curb terrorism with firm hands
President Prof Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday expressed the hope that police would play a strong and firm role in curbing terrorism in the coming days.
 arrow Foundation of bridge over Tamru river laid
Communications Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda and visiting Myanmar Foreign Minister U Nyan Win yesterday laid the foundation stone of Gundom-Taungbro Bridge over Tamru river along Bangladesh-Myanmar border
 arrow Afghanistan keen to join Saarc: Karzai
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai said yesterday his war-ravaged country wanted to join the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) and become a link between the regional grouping and
 arrow Saarc summit postponed for nothing, says Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the Saarc summit was postponed for nothing and law and order has been excellent in the country for the last seven months.
 arrow Spain Socialists want democracy classes for Imams
Spain's ruling party has recommended stricter control over mosques and "democracy training" for Spanish-based imams in the wake of the March 11 bombings which killed 191 people in Madrid.
 arrow Section 144 at Jhitka Bazar due to simultaneous AL, JCD rallies
The Harirampur upazila administration yesterday imposed Section 144 at Jhitka Bazar and the surrounding areas in Manikganj to avoid any untoward incidents due to simultaneous meetings called by AwamiLeague
 arrow Vessels movement restricted in Bay for 6 hours today
Movement of all kinds of ships, craft and aircraft in and over some points of the Bay of Bengal will be restricted for six hours from 10:00am today during live firing by the Bangladesh Navy.
 arrow Mofazzel to be produced before court today
The former additional police super Mofazzel Hossain, accused in the case of bomb attack on journalist Dip Azad, will be brought to Khulna and produced before the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Atiqul
 arrow Police take 2 on 1-week remand
Maruf Mohammad Ishaque and Hafiz Kamrul Islam, arrested in connection with the Feb 20 grenade attack on Shah Dingir Mazar at Nawabbari in the district, have been taken on a weeklong remand.
 arrow Iran to welcome US help in nuclear talks
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Hassan Rowhani said here yesterday he would welcome US assistance in the talks over his country's controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Condolence meeting at the National Press Club...

Businessarrow Govt sits with shrimp exporters today to overcome export slide
In the wake of sharp decline in shrimp export the government will sit with exporters today to find possible ways to overcome the situation.
 arrow India allows 100pc FDI in construction sector
In another big-ticket economic reform, India in principle has given clearance to 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the booming construction sector through the automatic approval route.
 arrow Govt urged to allow import of 30-yr old vessels
Chittagong chamber has urged the government to allow procurement of coastal vessels up to thirty years old instead of existing twenty years and duty-free lighterage to ease crisis of ships and cut import
 arrow Dollar flat in Asian trade
The dollar was flat in Asian trade Friday, with the tone still cautious after the US unit was hit earlier in the week by concerns the massive US current account and budget deficits would prompt the region
 arrow MAS, SIA, SilkAir sign deal to boost air links
Malaysia and Singapore Thursday inked a deal to expand their air connectivity, just four months after leaders of the two nations voiced support for such an agreement.
 arrow Maple int'l organises training course
Maple International Limited, a marketing and distribution company of cellphone products, yesterday organised a two-day training course on 'selling skills and sales management' in Dhaka.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Feb 19-Feb 24, 2005
Local FX Market
US dollar got slightly stronger against BDT in this week. Dollar remained steady in the beginning of the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Rahman ton fails to topple Rajshahi
Golam Rahman celebrated his second century of the Sixth National Cricket League yesterday but his heroics were not quite enough for Sylhet to overhaul Rajshahi's first innings total at the Rajshahi Divisional
 arrow Cricket: No Waqar for India tour
Former Test captain Waqar Younis has failed to reach an agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his appointment as bowling coach for the national team.
 arrow Cricket: Streak ends strike
Former captain Heath Streak has signed a contract to play for his country again after a year-long exile, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) said in a statement on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: WI: In depths of despair
Just when you think things cannot get any worse for West Indies cricket, they do.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies aim to do it now
Some of the batsmen have been talking to a psychologist and a former Test player has called for the selectors to be sacked but New Zealand are denying any whiff of panic as Australia attempt Saturdayto
 arrow Football: Dipali knock Wari out
The first match of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup Football Tournament was decided in the tiebreaker with Dipali Jubo Sangha eliminating Wari Club at the Bir Shreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur
 arrow Football: Barca can afford to dream
FC Barcelona hasn't won a major trophy since 1999, but with the memories of a come-from-behind win over Chelsea in the Champions League and a visit to last-place Numancia in the Spanish league this weekend,
 arrow Football: Magpies, Boro keep English flag flying
Newcastle United and Middles-brough stormed to the rescue of England's battered football reputation on Thursday by reaching the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
 arrow Football: Milan brace for derby
AC Milan will be looking for their fifth consecutive Serie A victory when they face city rivals Inter Milan at the San Siro.
 arrow Football: United sniff something
Manchester United will be on a double mission in Saturday's Premiership clash with Portsmouth at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe A 256 for 8
Zimbabwe A were 256 for eight in their first innings shortly before stumps on the opening day of the third and the final four-day Test against Bangladesh A in Harare yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak fans crowd Indian visa office
Around 5,000 Pakistani cricket fans Friday obtained visa forms from a special counter set up by India, allowing them to watch the first tour across the border in six years.
 arrow Chess: Battle of GMs today
Grand Masters Niaz Murshed and Ziaur Rahman got off to winning starts when the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship began at the National Sports Council conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: S Africa 301-7
Solid batting down the order enabled South Africa to post a total of 301-7 in the first one-day international against Zimbabwe in Johannesburg on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Malik allowed to tour India
Pakistan will allow banned former captain Salim Malik, who is barred from travelling abroad, to visit India to watch the upcoming cricket series between the arch rivals, officials said Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova in last four
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will take on Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova for a place in the final of the 600,000-dollar WTA Qatar Open after both glamour girls came through their quarter-finals
 arrow Tennis: Federer survives a scare
World number one and defending champion Roger Federer produced his third escape act in a row to reach the quarterfinals of the one-million-dollar Dubai Open here on Thursday.
 arrow New BSJA body
Manjurul Haque of the Independent and Syed Mohammed Mamun of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) were elected unopposed president and general secretary of Bangladesh Sports Journalist Association (BSJA)
Nationalarrow Ban on two Islamist groups an eyewash
Awami League front ranking leaders and former ministers Mohammjad Nasim and Abdur Razzak have said the ban on Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) is an eyewash
 arrow Push-in bid foiled in Chuadanga, Meherpur
BDR has been put on 'alert' and reinforced in Chuadanga border following killing of a Bangladeshi and several push-in attempts by BSF on Wednesday and Thursday night.
 arrow Haripur oil well converted into gas well
Work to convert an oil well into gas well in the Haripur structure of Sylhet Gas Field Company Limited (SGFL) has been completed successfully.
 arrow Akhaura bypass rly line to be ready by December
Work on the Tk 35 crore Akhaura Bypass Link Rail Line Project along the Dhaka-Sylhet route is progresses satisfactorily and will be completed by December this year.
 arrow Barbed-wire fencing bid by BSF again
BDR, joined by local people, foiled an attempt by BSF again on Wednesday to raise barbed wire fence on the no man's land near border pillar No 2034 at Khernal in Kasba upazila.
 arrow Zia Fertiliser to resume production in a week
Ashuganj Zia Fertiliser Company Limited (ZFCL) is likely to resume its production within a week.
Production came to a halt here following damage in its Amonia plant by fire on Tuesday.

 arrow 11,000 acre khas lands grabbed in Padma shoals
There are eight lakh acres of government 'khas' lands in the northern and southern part of the country, according to a survey conducted by Samata, an NGO working for the landless.
 arrow Govt has lost people's confidence, says Amu
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Amir Hossain Amu on Thursday said the BNP-led Alliance government completely lost the people's confidence for failing to ensure their safety and security.
 arrow Tribal fair begins at Rangamati
A five -day Adibasi Sangskriti Mela, organised by Jhum Aesthetics Council (JAC), began here on Thursday with great enthusiasm.
 arrow AL-backed panel wins Rajbari Bar election
The Awami League (AL) supported panel won the Rajbari Bar Association election held in Rajbari on Thursday.
The panel won securing 10 out of 11 posts.

Point-Counterpointarrow What make Dhaka worst among cities?
Blinkered policies of the past that still continue have created nightmarish conditions in our cities.
Culturearrow Kakoli's portrayal of human strife and struggle
Fahamida Akhter Kakoli continues to be concerned about the socio economic problems that surround us in the city.
 arrow Neerey Tar Neel Dheu
'The unique element of drama serial Neerey Tar Neel Dheu is that it offers subtle and witty humour which is rare in today's comedy serials," said Abu Sufian, the scriptwriter and director of the
 arrow Delightful Japanese treat
What comes to mind while thinking of Japan? Technological excellence, a panoramic view of nature--the Fuji Mountain--kimonos, the living art of bonsai, the aesthetic appeal of Japanese dolls and toys,
 arrow A daylong cultural programme
The Shayannhika Theatre staged Munier Chowdhury's famous drama Kabar and Apni Ke on International Mother Language Day at Dania Club in Demra thana.
Generalarrow 'Anti-liberation forces out to capture state power'
Speakers at a publication ceremony yesterday called on the countrymen to continue the on-going non-violent movement, initiated by Asma Kibria, for the trial of the killers of former finance minister Shah
 arrow Social mobilisation needed for proper waste management
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called for social mobilisation to improve solid waste management in urban areas.
 arrow 'Agri policy plunges farmers into uncertainty'
The agricultural policy pursued by the alliance government has thrown the farmers and the farm workers into deep crisis, said speakers at the 7th congress of the Workers Party of Bangladesh on its second
 arrow Election with a difference
It could be a good example as well as a lesson for the country's mainstream politicians to know how to hold a election in a democratic atmosphere without denouncing one another.
 arrow Tele-link with Ctg snapped
The telecommunications between Chittagong and the rest of the country has remained snapped since the early hours of yesterday because of theft of fibre optic cable.
 arrow Forward Block team meet AL leaders
A delegation of All India Forward Block met Awami League leaders at the party office at Dhanmondi in the city.
 arrow 5th national debate festival begins today
The 5th national debate festival of the Bangladesh Debate Federation (BDF) begins in the city today.
 arrow 3 of a family burnt alive in Chakaria
Three members of a family were burnt alive in a fire that broke out at a house at Satdalia village in Badarkhali, Chakaria, yesterday.
Internationalarrow Security operation increased in Iraq
US forces pursued increased security operations throughout the Sunni Muslim rebel province of Al-Anbar where the military said another Marine had been killed the previous day.
 arrow Putin reaffirms commitment to democracy
Prodded by President Bush to reaffirm his country's commitment to democracy, Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted his government was not backsliding.
 arrow India to be most populous by 2030
India will surpass China as the world's most populous nation by 2030, the United Nations has said in a new study which forecasts that the global population will soar by 40 per cent to 9.1 billion by 2050.
 arrow Palestinian truce talks set for Cairo
Palestinian officials will meet militant leaders in Cairo on March 5 to discuss whether the factions will formalize their de facto truce with Israel, officials and militants said Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Ruling party abandoning the JS!
This is the height of quorum crisis, one that has basically made a mockery of elections to the 8th parliament.
 arrow Editorial: No warning system in launches
The admission by the launch masters that they rely only on their wisdom during storms or cyclones leaves us speechless.
 arrow The media rising above divides
Journalists, in my opinion, play an extremely important role in safeguarding not only the fabric of our society but also the waft and the weave that makes the nation function up to its expected values.
 arrow Has South Asian political climate worsened much of late?
Certain developments in the South Asian region in recent times has given rise to speculations whether the overall political climate has worsened causing some irritation in the area where the situation
Letters to Editorarrow Power sharing in BGMEA
At first, I thank and congratulate the BGMEA leaders who have created an example of power sharing at the BGMEA, the largest trade body of the country.
 arrow Don't cry for the criminals!
Actually we have a bad habit. Sometimes we become over emotional, we start talking about the human rights of the inhuman terrorists.
 arrow Are we independent?
The killing of innocent people, the latest being Mr Kibria, has shocked the nation. Typical reactions ranged from programme for downfall of the government to inviting FBI.
 arrow We, Bengalees
I am an Indian who was once based in Dhaka and used to subscribe to The Daily Star. Still read it, time permitting on the net.
 arrow Who is safe?
Your February 15 issue carried an eye-opening story from Rajshahi.
Literaturearrow Mrs Dutta of Jackson Heights
The smell of food being cooked for the wedding was all over the apartment building.
 arrow On the Hutch Crossword Book Award and Bruce King
Two very special visitors, the Hutch Crossword Book Award, several literary evenings at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2005 has got off to an eventful and memorable start.
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