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Front Pagearrow Rail link snapped as freight trains collide
A collision between two freight trains at Pubail in Gazipur yesterday morning left a man killed and snapped the rail link to Chittagong, Sylhet and Mymensingh for over 12 hours.
 arrow Hasina to talk terrorism at Madrid meet
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she is going to Spain to attend an international seminar against terrorism to mobilse world opinion against alliance government patronised grenade
 arrow Lady doctor, maid slaughtered at Dhanmondi
Unknown assailants slaughtered a female doctor and her domestic help at Central Road in Dhanmondi yesterday.
 arrow Crackdown not linked to Islamist militants
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzman Babar yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government's ongoing crackdown is not related to Islamic fundamentalism, rather it is to make an overall improvement
 arrow Ctg RMG units face market loss over power outage
About 40 percent of 512 Readymade Garment (RMG) factories in Chittagong are facing shipment schedule problem and fearing loss of markets due to erratic power supply for the last three days.
 arrow Donors to adopt result-based policy
The development partners at the Paris aid conference have agreed to the need for changing the outdated aid policy and adopt result-based strategy instead of imposing "so-called" conditions.
 arrow Int'l Women's Day today
International Women's Day will be observed in Bangladesh today, as elsewhere around the world, with numerous women's rights groups and international organisations staging a series of elaborate programmes
 arrow Borders under watch to catch Bangla Bhai
Law enforcement agencies beefed up vigilance along the border with India in Rajshahi, Chapainawabganj and Naogaon districts, and denied reports that Bangla Bhai has slipped into India.
 arrow Tullow strikes gas in Bhangura
Tullow Oil Plc has discovered about half a trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas at Bhangura in the block 9.
However, the Irish oil company will disclose the commercial prospect later.

 arrow Rab seizes 140kg explosives from bus
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday morning seized 140 kg of explosive substances, 90 bottles phensidyl, 64 cans of Indian pesticide and arrested one person from a Kuakata-bound bus near Jhenidah Police
 arrow Saudi prince Aziz due Mar 15
Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, a business tycoon of Saudi Arabia, will arrive here on March 15 on a one-day visit to explore investment potentialities in Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka, Yangon to exchange 200 prisoners
Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to exchange about 200 prisoners.
 arrow PM to visit Singapore March 20
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will set out for Singapore on a three-day official visit on March 20 at the invitation of her Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.
 arrow PM okays body for tri-nation gas pipeline
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has approved a proposal to form an inter-ministerial committee to finalise conditions for India for the proposed tri-nation gas pipeline from Myanmar to India through Bangladesh.
 arrow Chief whip's son detained
The government yesterday detained the chief whip's son Khondaker Akhter Hamid Paban, an arrestee in an attempted murder case, after he obtained bail.
 arrow SEC wants issue manager's information
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday asked Equity Partners Limited (EPL), issue manager of Premier Bank's initial public offering (IPO), to send particulars of four officials of thecompany
 arrow Investigator showcaused for charging 5yr girl
A Dhaka court yesterday issued a show-cause notice on an investigation officer (IO) of a criminal case for pressing charge against a five-year-old girl.
 arrow Qatar PM arrives April 17
Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani will arrive on April 17 on a one-day official visit to Bangladesh at the invitation of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow More changes in admin
The government yesterday brought further changes at different levels of the administration and made fresh appointments.
 arrow Mirpur arrestee remanded
A man arrested from Mirpur on Sunday, after making comments and opinions that law enforcers deemed harmful to Islam and other religions, was remanded yesterday.
 arrow 75 injured in clash in Tungipara
At least 75 people were injured, 24 of them critically, in a clash between two groups in Kushli village in Tungipara upazila yesterday.
 arrow Body formed to implement report
The cabinet yesterday formed a five-member body to formulate guidelines for implementing the recommendations made by the pay commission from January 1 this year.
 arrow Top outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
Top outlawed leader Abdus Samad Tikka was killed in a 'crossfire' between his accomplices and police at village Dahkula in Sadar upazila in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Missions asked to boost trade
The foreign ministry has directed Bangladeshi missions abroad to boost trade, investment and manpower export in line with the government's policy emphasising economic diplomacy.
 arrow JU students barricade road as boy killed in accident
Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Paturia highway remained suspended for three hours yesterday as Jahangirnagar University (JU) students barricaded the highway protesting the death of a boy in an accident.
 arrow Arrested Khulna Addl SP accused of killing trader
Former additional superintendent of Khulna police Mofazzel Hossain was named prime accused in a case filed with the Cognisable Court of Dakop upazila yesterday for killing prominent businessman and shrimp
 arrow Bigots plan to besiege Ahmadiyyas
Activists of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh announced to besiege the Ahmadiyya establishment here on March 11 at a meeting held on Al-Falha Madrasa premises yesterday.
Businessarrow Remittance clocks 11pc growth in 8 months
As the recent devaluation of local currency encouraged non-resident Bangladeshis (NRBs) to send money back home, remittance flow grew by around 11 percent during July-February period of the current financial
 arrow Transit facility for landlocked states tops WTO talks in Kenya
Trade ministers from WTO member countries stressed the need for providing landlocked countries with transit facilities through other countries to transport goods and improve trade, Commerce Minister Altaf
 arrow Experts blast Rajuk for poor performance
Urban planning experts at a seminar yesterday blasted the Rajdhani Unnayan Kartipakkha (Rajuk), saying the state-run urban planning and development organisation is performing poorly.
 arrow ICT-backed education key to boosting business
Business in Bangladesh will not be competitive unless modern education is supported by information and communication technology, Harry K Thomas, US ambassador in Dhaka, told a function yesterday.
 arrow Pre-feasibility study on Tata's $2b investment almost ready
Within five months of signing an expression of interest with the authorities here, Tata, the Indian industrial giant, is almost ready with a pre-feasibility study for investing nearly US$2 billion in
 arrow Boeing CEO forced out of office
Boeing said Monday that president and chief executive Harry Stonecipher was quitting after the discovery of a "personal relationship" with a female executive at the aerospace giant.
 arrow Muhaimin-led panel reelected
All twenty-nine candidates belonging to incumbent President MA Muhaimin Saleh-led panel were elected unopposed in the biennial polls of Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab).
 arrow Galaxy Holidays made GSA of Hyatt Regency Kolkata
Hyatt Regency of Kolkata, a five-star chain hotel, has appointed Galaxy Holidays, a local travel operator, its general sales agent in Bangladesh to promote its hospitality services.
 arrow Emirates ups cargo flight to Gothenburg, Hong Kong
Emirates Skycargo has announced additional freighter services on its Dubai-Gothenburg and Dubai-Hong Kong routes from March 29, 2005.
 arrow Navana CNG, StanChart launch joint campaign
Navana CNG Ltd, a concern of Navana Group, has recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Standard Chartered Bank to launch a joint business promotional campaign.
 arrow Global growth still on course
Top central bankers said on Monday their forecast for growth in the world economy was unchanged, but urged greater transparency from oil markets despite expectations of a fall in prices.
 arrow Novartis to launch new drug
Sandoz Business Unit of Novartis (Bangladesh) Ltd will soon launch a new anti-hypersensitive drug- Mitosan- for the treatment of blood pressure and some other co-existing diseases.
 arrow Qatar Airways to fly to Tunis, Algiers from May
Qatar Airways has announced a new flight schedule to North African cities of Tunis and Algiers from May 2.
 arrow Tokyo to start FTA talks with Jakarta
Japan and Indonesia are likely to agree to start free trade talks next month, a mass-circulation daily said Monday.
 arrow Sony brings in American boss to battle slump
Japanese icon Sony on Monday named a former American television journalist knighted by Queen Elizabeth II as its first foreign head in a bid to turn around a dramatic slump in the company that brought
Sportsarrow Cricket: All roads lead to Mohali
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq said Monday India would plan to capitalise on the absence of his key paceman Shoaib Akhtar by preparing a fast track for the opening Test here.
 arrow Cricket: Emphatic win for Ctg
Despite struggling in the one-day table, limited-overs champions Chittagong kept up their quest for the first-class title when they romped to a nine-wicket win over Khulna in the fourth round of the Ispahani
 arrow Cricket: The unresolved puzzle
The great Indian rope trick may have belonged to the realm of imagination, but not the spin trick which still puzzles and bewilders visiting batsmen.
 arrow Cricket: Home away from home
Fatima Bibi, 67, has come from Pakistan not to watch cricket in the high-profile series in India, but to cash in on the opportunity to revive old memories.
 arrow Football: BFF goes Argentine
Hoping to inject some desperately needed enterprise to revive the game in the country, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) has decided to go for Latin American inspiration.
 arrow Cricket: Lara crosses his fingers
The immediate future of the seven West Indian players, including Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan, who have been dropped over a sponsorship dispute, depends on a high-level meeting later Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Sami raring to go
Pakistan's Mohammad Sami said Monday he is relishing bowling in the first Test against India on a seaming pitch -- conditions he believes will help him atone for last year's series loss.
 arrow Football: Adriano breaks duck
Inter Milan beat Lecce 2-1 on a late penalty kick by Brazilian Adriano, and Sampdoria downed Chievo 1-0 on a lucky deflection by Andrea Gasbarroni on Sunday to stay near the top of the Serie A standings.
 arrow Football: England against Europe
A week of misery lies in store for English football if AC Milan, Barcelona and Bayern Munich have their way in this week's Champions League first knockout round.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho predicts English doom
Barcelona striker Ronaldinho claims all four English clubs will be eliminated from the Champions League this week.
 arrow Football: Independence Day soccer deferred
The Independence Day Gold Cup Football Tournament has been deferred by a week as the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS) was not ready to hold local matches.
 arrow Cricket: Murali might miss NZ tour
Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is set to miss the upcoming Test series in New Zealand due to slow recovery of his injured shoulder, team physiotherapist CJ Clarke said on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Zia increases his lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman widened the gap at the top of the table when the champion defeated Fide Master Khondokar Aminul Islam in the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship at the NSC conference
 arrow Table Tennis: Rumi Smriti TT
Bangladesh Biman and Wari Club became respective group champions in the Rumi Smriti Open Table Tennis Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Iran to stage Eves' Islamic Games
A six-member Bangladesh team, comprising four athletes will take part in the Fourth Women Islamic Games in Iran next September.
 arrow SL seek to hold SAF Games in April 2006
Sri Lanka wants to stage the 10th South Asian Games, the biggest sports extravaganza in South Asia, from April 18-28 next year.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo is the best, says coach
Ronaldo earned himself a pat on the back from coach Wanderley Luxemburgo after the Brazilian World Cup winner spectacularly ended his two-month goal drought for Real Madrid.
Metropolitanarrow Historic March 7 observed
The historic March 7 was observed yesterday in a befitting manner across the country.
 arrow One murdered, woman's body recovered
Hoodlums stabbed a youth to death and injured his mother and friend, while the body of a woman was recovered from a hotel room in the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Include govt's resignation in women's movement'
Speakers at a meeting yesterday said the demand for resignation of the government of 'communal forces' should be incorporated into the women's movement on a priority basis.
Nationalarrow Gas pipeline costs environment in Lawachhara Reserve Forest
Despite protests by local people and environmentalists, trees are being felled in large scale and hills cut for laying a gas pipeline and building a road through Lawachhara Reserve Forest, home to rare
 arrow 2 Khulna Jamaat MPs face death threat from extremists
Khulna City Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Mia Golam Parwar MP and party central leader Shah Mohammod Ruhul Quddus MP were threatened with death by extremists over call phones.
 arrow Manhunt in Bagerhat for 3 Bangla Bhai cadres
Bagerhat police launched a special combing operation on Saturday to track down three cadres of Bangla Bhai Siddiqur Rahman, a ringleader of outlawed Jagrato Muslim Janata Banglades (JMJB) and Jamaatul
 arrow Udichi Tragedy Day observed in Jessore
Different socio-cultural bodies, political organisations and NGOs observed the Udichi Tragedy Day here yesterday through various programmes demanding speedy trial of the persons responsible for the gruesome
 arrow IRCB sues former DG's son, IBBL officials
Islamic Relief Committee Bangla-desh (IRCB), an affiliated organisation of Patiya Al Jameya Al Islamia, on Sunday filed a case accusing its former Director General's (DG) son Hossain M Yunus and IBBLbank
 arrow 2 cops among 50 hurt in B'baria clash
Two police constables among 50 persons were injured, four of them critically, in a clash over teasing schoolgirls at Kautoly on Sunday.
 arrow No exchange of fire took place in Akhaura border BDR commander tells Star
Akhaura-Koshba border is peaceful and there was no exchange of fire between BDR and BSF on Sunday, as reported in some national dailies, Maj.
 arrow MPO of 'best' college in Magura held up
Unbelievable though, MPO (monthly pay order) of a college, adjudged the 'best' in the district last year, has been held up by the Secondary and Higher Education Directorate for 'nil' pass percentage.
 arrow 10 tribal youths surrender to army with arms
Ten indigenous youths, having links with a 'foreign gang', have surrendered to the local army camp along with arms in the last few days, army sources told The Daily Star on Sunday.
 arrow Orientation course for Patuakhali UP leaders
A three-day orientation course for Union Parishad chairmen began at Patuakhali Deputy Commissioner's (DC) conference room on Sunday.
Culturearrow Slings and arrows in women artists' existence
There is a polarity of opinion on the subject of International Women's Day. For some there is very little to celebrate at a time when women are struggling to find a place in the sun.
 arrow Runa Laila: Taking a stand for the underprivileged
Runa has firm views about the position of women in Bangladesh. As she says, " The women's cause is important.
 arrow Women face a long and winding road
"A person of many hats" is how Catherine describes herself. Trueshe is film producer, director, script writer and editor.
 arrow Kranti: A film about here and beyond
Kranti is a film with a difference. This is a serious feature film and also an advocacy film.
Generalarrow 4,195 fell victim to rape in 4 years
A total of 4,195 women and children fell victim to rape across the country in the last four years, according to a report by Odhikar, a human rights organisation.
 arrow UN urged to ensure humanitarian aid in strife-torn regions
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the United Nations (UN) to play a pivotal role in distributing humanitarian aid in strife-torn regions to save human lives.
 arrow Play more acceptable, impartial role
A delegation of Jatiya Sangbadik Sangstha called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban in the city yesterday.
 arrow Suspect placed on remand
One more suspect, arrested in connection with the August 21 grenade attack case on Saturday, was placed on a five-day remand yesterday for interrogation.
 arrow 'Platform for men' launched to protest violence against women
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a 'platform for men' yesterday on the eve of the International Women's Day to protest violence against women.
 arrow Housewife 'hits domestic help with curved knife'
A housewife allegedly hit her 12-year-old domestic help with a boti, a curved knife, at her house at Karwan Bazar in the city yesterday.
 arrow DU plans to build hall after the name of Khaleda
Dhaka University authorities have taken an initiative to build a new hall for female students, which will be named after Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow 12 awarded Deshbandhu CR Das gold medal
Deshbandhu CR Das Research Council has selected 12 distinguished personalities for its gold medal awards for 2002, 2003 and 2004.
 arrow Rob, family members implicated in false case
A senior officer of security cell of police headquarters in Dhaka visited Jessore on Sunday to investigate the cause behind lodging the FIR on Wednesday night with Kotwali Police Station naming a six-year
 arrow DMC Computer Club's executives
Nurul Islam Hasib and Samiul Islam Tapan were elected president and general secretary respectively of the Computer Club of Dhaka Medical College (DMC) yesterday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Syria, Lebanon announce partial pullout date
The presidents of Syria and Lebanon announced yesterday that Syrian troops will pull back to Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley by March 31, but a complete troop withdrawal will be deferred until later negotiations.
 arrow Donors want Nepal king to end emergency rule
Nepal's international donors want King Gyanendra to end emergency rule in the aid-dependent kingdom before promising continued development support, the finance minister said yesterday.
 arrow US faces crossroads in ties with Islamic world
US policy towards the Middle East has unwittingly made Osama bin Laden nearly the most popular figure in the region, according to a respected Asian scholar whose new book has triggered debate on why Muslims
 arrow Tens of thousands raped in Congo
Government soldiers and rebels have raped tens of thousands of women and children in eastern Congo and are going unpunished as conflict simmers in the lawless region, a leading rights group said yesterday.
 arrow Italy honours slain intelligence officer
Hundreds of people flocked to a Rome church yesterday to pay their last respects to an Italian intelligence officer shot and killed by American troops in Iraq while escorting an ex-hostage to freedom.
 arrow Bolivian president quits
Bolivian President Carlos Mesa said on Sunday he was resigning after 17 months in office as new protests spread through South America's poorest nation and threatened the important oil and gas sector.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Water supply crunch
The WASA, in its bid to collect ground water, seems set to install a large number of tubewells with a depth of 1000 feet in the city.
 arrow Editorial: Inaction on narcotics
We are shocked to learn that the National Narcotics Control Board (NNCB) the apex body which is supposed to provide policy direction to the Department of Narcotics Control (DNC) has not even convenedin
 arrow It's all in the fraternity!
In the middle of the last month Europe witnessed the biggest ever Nazi demonstration in decades marching through the city of Dresden to observe the 60thanniversary of their second world war destruction.
 arrow Enhancing powers of parliamentary standing committees
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) presented its report titled Parliament Watch at a press conference at the National Press Club, Dhaka on March 1, 2005.
Letters to Editorarrow Weekly holiday
I fully endorse the letter from Khondoker Ali Imam and his views on weekly holiday published on February 5.
Imagine the coming day long hartal on 27 March.

 arrow Crime and appeasement
If your staff correspondent's front-page report (DS: 06 March) is to be believed, it beggars the imagination.
 arrow Launch disasters and the ministry
The recent news in the national dailies regarding bribery in the shipping department has pushed us one step to find out one of the root causes of launch disasters in Bangladesh.
 arrow Educated, yet prejudiced
In an ordinary morning I was rushing to my college at Karotia. But unexpectedly I got a nasty feeling on the day. A tempo passenger, who was just behind me, uttered the word 'unholy'.
 arrow Islamic militants
When the law-enforcers arrested Dr.Asadullah Al Galib and his associates, the image of Bangladesh had already suffered a big blow for the existence of Islamic militant groups on Bangladeshi soil.
 arrow "When can their glory fade?"
The day was again 25th and this time the month was February. The nation was just catching its breath after the mourning on 21st.
Featurearrow Origins of International Women's Day
Over the years, International Women's Day (IWD) has taken to the streets, sparked off a revolution, met cosily at luncheons and concerts, rubbed shoulders with Premiers, Prime Ministers and Mayors, demonstrated
 arrow The status of our women
The whole world observers International Women's Day on March 8 every year with a view to raising awareness of women; making themselves aware of their rights and enhancing their empowerment.
 arrow Empowering women through ICT
TODAY (March 08) is the 96th International Women's Day (IWD).
 arrow Will a Muslim woman ever be more than what she wears?
Shabina Begum, a 16-year-old Muslim schoolgirl who won the right on Wednesday to wear a jilbab to her school in the British town of Luton told the British newspaper The Guardian that she felt like
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