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Front Pagearrow Plagued by pollution
About 2 lakh people of 12 villages around the Savar Export Processing Zone (EPZ) face serious health risks due to tremendous pollution, as industries here dump their untreated liquid waste into surrounding
 arrow Faulty launches sail on bribery
Instead of building a launch based on government-approved design, a section of launch owners builds their vessels first and then secures approval for the design through allegedly underhanded dealing,said
 arrow 6 realtors, others grab 200-acre Dhaka land
Six housing companies, Bangladesh Navy co-operative housing society and five individuals have grabbed about 200 acres of public land in suburban Savar, Gazipur and Kaliakair, alleged three governmentoffices.
 arrow Galib's top aides brought to Dhaka
Members of the intelligence agencies now grilling militant kingpin Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib in the joint interrogation cell (JIC) are examining his statements and checking the records of the people
 arrow ADP projects get new rules Mar 27
A new guideline aimed at speeding and easing up development project implementation comes into force on March 27, cutting down the preparatory time by half.
 arrow Poor governance impedes growth of Bangladesh
Donald Camp, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia, has said Bangladesh's significant problems with corruption, increase in violent political attacks, poor governance and hartal
 arrow 200 Bangladeshis return from KL
About 200 Bangladeshis who took shelter at Kuala Lumpur airport since Monday following expiry of an amnesty announced by the Malaysian government for illegal foreign workers returned home last night.
 arrow Speaker, MPs unhappy over distribution
The speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad and a number of lawmakers yesterday drew attention of Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami about the irregularities in distribution of fertilisers among farmers in
 arrow 'Crossfire' kills 22, scares away 25
'Crossfire' death has scared away most of the local listed top terrors into hiding or shelters at home and abroad.
 arrow Quit for failure to deliver
Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the government should step down immediately for its 'failure to deliver'.
 arrow Foreign currency worth Tk 1.57cr seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) Wednesday night seized foreign currencies worth about Tk 1.57 crore hidden in the luggage of an outgoing passenger.
 arrow Govt confirms arrest of 3 Bangladeshis
The government has confirmed the arrest of three Bangladeshis in Malaysia since a crackdown on illegal foreign workers began this month.
 arrow Chief whip's son sent to jail
Akhter Hamid alias Paban, son of Chief Whip Khondoker Delwar Hossain, who was arrested in connection with an attempt-to-murder case, was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail after rejection of his bail petition
 arrow Charges pressed against 5 cops
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) pressed charges against five out of 14 police personnel accused in a much talked about gang rape case in Chuadanga.
 arrow PM opens waterway around Dhaka
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday inaugurated the 26.
 arrow China blast kills 20 school children
A dynamite explosion in a north China village killed 20 primary schoolchildren when their classroom collapsed on top of them, state media said on Thursday.
 arrow Hasina leaves for Spain Mar 7
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina will go to Spain on March 7 to attend an international conference of the former heads of states and governments.
 arrow Tata firm on investing $2b
Tata, India's industrial giant, will go ahead with its plan to invest in Bangladesh, as several projects involving an initial capital of about $2 billion remained under study.
 arrow Embezzlement of dredging money alleged
The circular waterway from Sadarghat to Ashulia would have no use in dry season as the project officials had allegedly misappropriated huge sums of money meant for dredging and dikes.
 arrow Teachers hold token hunger strike
The Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Associations yesterday observed a three-hour token hunger strike at the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital protesting the killing of prominent teachers,
 arrow Jamaat serves legal notice on Prof Sayeed
Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh yesterday served a legal notice on Awami League leader Prof Abu Sayeed for making 'derogatory and disparaging remarks and unfounded allegations' in his book 'Aghoshito Juddher
 arrow Abbas, Hamas to hold talks in Yemen
Yemen plans to host talks this month between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the exiled leader of the militant group Hamas on a ceasefire with Israel, the Yemeni state news agency SABA has reported.
 arrow Indigenous woman raped
Fatikchhari police rescued an indigenous woman, abducted and violated by miscreants, from a remote place close to border yesterday afternoon.
Police arrested two suspects.

 arrow BNP men
The house of a Krishak League leader was looted and damaged and his family members were injured allegedly by the activists of ruling BNP and its front organisations Wednesday night.
 arrow BDR foils bid to fencing border
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) foiled Indian Border Security Forces' (BSF) attempts to fence the border at two points in Ramgar on Wednesday and Thursday.
 arrow Chinese PM arrives on April 7
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao will pay a two-day official visit to Bangladesh on April 7-8, said an official yesterday.
 arrow Notice
The Daily Star pulishes the full report of the Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association Enquiry Committee, which probed the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on an Awami League public meeting, on page 4in
Businessarrow Make use of forward trade to ease pressure on forex
Bangladesh Bank yesterday asked fund managers of different commercial banks to take advantage of forward trade to ease pressure on foreign exchange.
 arrow Commerce ministry to seek PMO aid to set up API plant
The Ministry of Commerce will soon request the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to take urgent initiatives to set up an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) plant so that Bangladesh can get maximum benefit
 arrow Regulatory risks mar Asia's power investment: ADB
There is only one way for Asia's poor countries to avoid looming widespread blackouts: they must keep improving their regulatory framework, a senior official at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Wednesday.
 arrow Tk650cr project taken up to set up CNG re-fuelling stations
The government has taken up a Tk 650 crore project to set up CNG re-fuelling stations across the country, state minister for Energy and Mineral Resources said yesterday.
The project, to be implemented

 arrow China's textile industry to adopt price controls
China's textile manufacturers are expected to adopt self-imposed price controls to prevent exports from flooding international markets, state press reported Thursday.
 arrow IT firm Kyliptix Solutions to hit local market soon
A US-based ICT company is going to introduce a wide range of latest wireless products and other IT solutions in local market.
 arrow British co to set up composite textile factory in Comilla EPZ
An investor from British Virgin Island is going to establish a composite textile factory in Comilla Export Processing Zone at a cost of US$ 5.246 million.
 arrow SEDF to work on Unilever's sales automation project
SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility, a multi-donor-funded facility managed by International Finance Corporation, will work on the national roll out of a sales automation programme, Project Durbin,
 arrow World Bank chief eyes successor
Outgoing World Bank chief James Wolfensohn said Thursday his successor must be "passionate" about fighting poverty -- and denied that Deputy US Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was running for the post.
 arrow Janata Ins' new vice chairman
The board of directors of Janata Insurance Company Ltd elected Rubel Aziz vice chairman of the company on Sunday.
 arrow Oil prices could hit $80 in next 2 years: Opec
Prices of crude oil could surge to as high as 80 dollars a barrel within the next two years but such a level would not last long, Opec's acting secretary general was quoted as saying Thursday.
 arrow US economy sound but Fed worries about budget
The US economy is on a good footing and inflation is stable, but the country's large budget deficit and low savings rate are significant problems that must be addressed, Federal Reserve officials said
 arrow World trade talks open under north-south cloud in Kenya
UK Ministers and senior officials from 33 nations met here Thursday in a bid to overcome a bitter north-south rift over world commerce and jumpstart efforts to seal a global trade accord by 2006.
 arrow India, Africa launch major initiative to boost trade
Hundreds of business people and government officials from India and Africa opened a three-day conference Wednesday that marks the largest-ever attempt at boosting trade between the two regions.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka's run ends
Rajshahi overcame high-flying Dhaka, Sylhet made a mockery of a formidable Barisal total while Chittagong were outplayed by Khulna in yesterday's one-day fixtures of the National Cricket League.
 arrow Cricket: BCB look down the barrel
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Eleven were spared the embarrassment of following on but their agony in the second Duleep Trophy match against Central Zone mounted on the penultimate day at the Karnail
 arrow Cricket: Chalk & cheese captains
When India captain Sourav Ganguly bared his chest at Lord's to celebrate his team's rare win against England in the NatWest Trophy one-day final in 2002, the purists frowned.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan's faulty start
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq had little to cheer about on his birthday as his batsman floundered against pace in a practice match ahead of a Test series against India here on Thursday.
 arrow Harbhajan in the clear
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has had his action effectively 'cleared' by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body announced Wednesday.
 arrow Football: F'pool in Fed Cup finals
Youngmen's Club Fakirerpool became the first side to reach the final round of the Tibet 20th Federation Cup when they edged Agrani Bank by a solitary goal yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Independence Day hockey in March
Bangladesh Hockey Federation will organise the Independence Day hockey tournament in Dhaka from March 18-25.
 arrow Chess: Reefat draws with Shakil
International Master Reefat Bin Sattar shared point with FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil in the adjourned first-round match of the Mercantile 31st National Chess Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mohammedan school cricket
Three matches of the Mohammedan Dhaka Metropolitan inter-school cricket tournament were held yesterday at different city venues.
 arrow Akhtar may return for 3rd Test
Fiery Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Thursday he was recovering fast from a hamstring injury and hopes to play in the final Test against India at Bangalore later this month.
 arrow Cricket: Streak heroics go awry
South Africa completed a clean sweep despite an impressive return to international cricket by former Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak in the third and final limited-overs international at St George's Park
 arrow Football: Total football's father no more
Rinus Michels, the coach who invented the total football played with such verve by Ajax Amsterdam and Holland, has died aged 77.
 arrow Football: Spurs cruise to last eight
Tottenham Hotspur secured the last remaining quarter-final place in this season's FA Cup with a 3-0 fifth round replay win away to Championship strugglers Nottingham Forest at the City Ground here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Real ease past Betis
Michael Owen hit his ninth goal of the season while Roberto Carlos hammered a perfect response to the Spanish terrace racists as Real Madrid beat Real Betis 3-1 on Wednesday to reignite their title dream.
 arrow Football: Four-star Pizarro
Peruvian international striker Claudio Pizarro scored four goals as Bayern Munich crushed ten-man SC Freiburg 7-0 on Wednesday to book a place in the semi-finals of the German Cup.
 arrow Football: 'Don't be a bully'
English football's senior manager, Sir Bobby Robson, has told Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to learn some humility.
 arrow Football: Luxemburgo hits back
Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo came to the defence of Ronaldo after the Brazilian striker was jeered by fans during his side's 3-1 victory at home to Real Betis on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Serena crawls into last 8
Serena Williams overcame an early scare in windy conditions to beat Russia's Elena Bovina in three sets to reach the last eight of the Dubai Open here on Wednesday.
 arrow Davis Cup begins today
Spain captain Jordi Arrese has surprisingly chosen Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco, instead of Rafael Nadal, to open their defence of the Davis Cup against Slovakia.
Culturearrow A touch of humour
Abdul Quader is a well sought after name. Directors and viewers looking for humour on the small screen are inclined towards this actor.
 arrow A sense of rhythm and aesthetics
"An idea of rhythm, aesthetic sense and physical fitness: a combination of these three qualities makes a person a good dancer," maintains Tamanna Rahman, a talented Manipuri dancer who has been practicing
 arrow Happy coexistence of man and nature
Man and nature were the central motif of Golam Farouqe Bebul, in his recent exhibition at Chitrak. The paintings were a little bigger than post-cards. The acrylics had the grandeur of oil paintings.
Generalarrow 'Practise morality for positive changes in society'
Everybody must practise morality at the personal level in order to bring about positive changes in society, speakers at the 10th general conference of the Bangladesh Philosophical Association said yesterday.
 arrow Power generation viable option in waste management
Power generation by recycling waste garbage could be a viable option in waste management, said the experts at a discussion on Wednesday.
 arrow Ex-ASP Mofazzel sent to jail
Former additional police super Mofazzel Hossain was sent to Khulna district jail yesterday after his three-day remand ended on Wednesday.
 arrow Charge sheet submitted to CMM
Police submitted the charge sheet in journalist Harun-or-Rashid murder case to the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) yesterday.
 arrow Case against 5 Jubo Dal men
A case has been filed against five Jubo Dal leaders and activists yesterday on charge of assaulting a journalist at Debhata.
 arrow Six abductors get10 years' RI
District and Sessions Judge here sentenced six people to 10 years' Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) each for kidnapping a businessman.
 arrow 'Conserve nature to ensure sustainable economic dev'
Former director of UN-ESCAP and chief of environment and development of ADB Dr Kazi Farhad Jalal underscored the need for conservation of the nature for ensuring sustainable economic development.
 arrow "Pancho Pandober Charon Bhumi" launched
"Pancho Pandober Charon Bhumi" by Mahbubar Rahman was launched at a ceremony at Novera Auditorium of the National Museum recently, says a press release.
 arrow Ensure rights of sex workers
Speakers at a seminar here called for formulating a national policy to ensure the rights of sex workers and recognise their profession.
 arrow Saiful elected MFA chairperson
Syed Saiful Haque, chairman of Welfare Association of Repatriated Bangladeshi Employees (Warbe), has been elected chairperson of Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) for the year of 2005-06 at the forum's executive
Editorialarrow Editorial: Still a non-starter ACC!
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), the setting up of which was a long-awaited move, has yet to become operational, thanks to a host of inhibitory factors.
 arrow Editorial: Accusing children of crime
We were simply shocked to learn that children, aged between three months and four years, were made accused by the police in a criminal case.
 arrow Demanding better
In my column last week I posed the question: what would it take for people to abandon their long-held tribal allegiance to one party or another.
 arrow Flame of fame
In 1972, Linda Lovelace and Harry Reems became household names. One was the leading lady, and another was the male lead in the classic pornographic film Deep Throat.
 arrow Bangladesh gets emotionally hurt by visit decision
It has already been reported in the media that the prime minister of Japan will be visiting India and Pakistan as part of his four-nation tour in April.
Letters to Editorarrow Future of AL
According to some newspapers reports, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia declared in a public meeting held in Trishal that the Awami League would never be allowed to return to power.
 arrow Rab
Extra judicial killings by Rab has ignited much debate. Killing should always be condemned and law enforcement should be enough to prevent the government from forming such a wing to protect its citizens.
 arrow Launch disasters
This is a reply to Mr. Badal Hasib's "Uncensored photographs.
 arrow US and human rights
With the US invasion of Iraq being responsible for the deaths of over one hundred thousand Iraqi civilian men, women and children and maiming of several hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people, it is
 arrow Bio-diesel in Bangladesh
This important Star Business Report (DS: 28 Feb) is a significant and extremely interesting news item. It speaks of the ingenuity and pioneering role of this Japan-Bangladesh joint venture.
 arrow Tribute to Abdul Latif
With the death of Abdul Latif, the country has lost its leading music composer, folk singer, and lyricist.
 arrow Burning issue
If you have a good leader, you are a lucky person. But our political leaders… oh, no and politics is a dirty game. You see it on TV. You listen to it in the news.
 arrow Driver at 14!
I have just learnt that a pupil of mine who is 14 has a driving licence.
 arrow Fish sellers or murderers?
Fish has always been a favourite food to us, all the Bengalees.
 arrow Coaching centre or trap?
Coaching business has become the easiest way of making money in a very short time for some people.
Like private university owners, the coaching centre moderators have gift of the gab.

 arrow Good article
Thanks to Mr Rashid for his very good article "Bottom Line: The rise of Islamic extremism in Bangladesh".
I wrote to you with the same message on an earlier occasion.

 arrow BCS exams
BCS is very important to the candidates aspiring for government service. So everybody expects that the 25th BCS exams would be held in a fair and transparent manner.
 arrow Gujarat, 2002 , forgotten?
In 2002, this month arrived in Gujarat in the garb of an evil as it sparked, one of the deadliest communal terrors against the Muslims of that very region.
 arrow Islamic militants
Recently, there has been an alarming rise in militant activities in the name of Islam in Bangladesh.
 arrow Traffic jam in old airport area
As far as I can guess, the main objective of constructing the Mohakhali flyover was to minimise traffic jam in the Mohakhali rail crossing area for the convenience of the people travelling throughZia
August 21, 2004 Grenade Attackarrow Full Text of the SCBA Enquiry Committee Report
Part I

Worldarrow South Asia: Pakistan 'gang rape' accused acquitted
A Pakistani court Thursday overturned the convictions of five men sentenced to death in 2002 for raping a woman on the orders of a tribal council for her brother's alleged affair, officials said.
 arrow South Asia: Blast hits Pakistan-Iran rail link
Suspected tribal militants in Pakistan's troubled southwest blew up a key railway track linking the country with neighbouring Iran, officials said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Torrential rains kill 14 in Quetta
At least 14 people were killed and more than 25,000 driven from their homes as torrential rains lashed southwestern Pakistan, still recovering from last month's devastating floods, officials said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Nepal braces for more Maoist blockades
Nepal's pro-royal government said Thursday it was stockpiling food and fuel as it braced for more protests by Maoist rebels and tightened security, asking citizens to carry identity cards.
 arrow South Asia: Manmohan wants stronger ties with China
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday emphasised the need for strengthening ties between India and China as both the developing countries faced similar problems.
 arrow South Asia: Donors failed to keep tsunami aid promises
International donors who outbid each other to pledge tsunami relief to Sri Lanka have failed to deliver and the island has received only a fraction of the promised cash, a top official said Thursday.
 arrow Cleric jailed over Bali bombings
Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, accused of leading an Al-Qaeda-linked group blamed for attacks across Asia, was jailed for two-and-a-half-years Thursday for involvement in the Bali bombings.
 arrow Car bombs kill five Iraqi policemen
Two car bombs exploded near Iraq's Interior Ministry in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least five policemen and wounding several in violence that threatened to overshadow efforts to form a new government.
 arrow N Korea ends missile-test moratorium
North Korea Thursday ended a self-imposed moratorium on testing long-range missiles and said "hostile" US policy was forcing it to develop its nuclear arsenal, prompting immediate condemnation from Japan.
 arrow Naples police arrest 42 in anti-Mafia sweep
Naples police began a massive anti-Mafia sweep at dawn on Thursday, making 42 arrests amid a bloody clan war that has claimed dozens of lives, Italian security forces said.
 arrow Iraq extends emergency laws for 30 more days
Iraq said Thursday it has extended the state of emergency for another 30 days from February 28, giving the government the right to impose curfews and restrict movement around the country.
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