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Front Pagearrow BDR, BSF trade heavy fire over fencing
After a few days' lull, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) exchanged several thousands bullets in two skirmishes over construction of fences along the border at Singimari in
 arrow Exports nosedive as RMG stumbles
Bangladesh felt the sting of the quota-phase out just one month after it passed in January, with export earnings plummeting at an alarming rate and indicating a bleak performance in the coming months.
 arrow 50 hurt as BCL, JCD clash with Shibir
More than 50 students were injured, 15 of them critically, in a triangular clash between Islami Chattra Shibir on one side and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the
 arrow Evening power ban on shopping malls
As the country continues to suffer from all-time high load shedding, which shoots up to 900 megawatts every day, the government yesterday decided to restrict power use at shopping malls and super markets
 arrow Galib put on 10-day remand
A Gaibandha court yesterday put Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah Al-Galib on a 10-day police remand in connection with two bomb blasts, while a Rajshahi court gave police 15 daysto
 arrow $7.5m WB loan for rehabilitation of rickshaw-pullers
The World Bank (WB) will give a $7.5 million soft loan for a project to rehabilitate the evicted rickshaw-pullers from the city roads as part of a government plan to ease traffic congestion in the capital.
 arrow BB for action against MD
A central bank investigation into the Premier Bank public floating scam strongly recommended taking legal action against the managing director and concerned branch managers of the bank under the BankCompany
 arrow Outlaw, JCD cadre killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of outlawed Jashod Gono Bahini and an alleged armed cadre of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were killed in 'crossfire' between their associates and police in Kushtia and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow ACC in dilemma over Bac cases
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) does not know whether it has jurisdiction to run 4,000 under-trial cases filed earlier by the now defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac).
 arrow Govt to resume canal-digging project
The government will resume the canal-digging project to develop irrigation and maintain navigation of rivers previously undertaken during the first BNP government of Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow SSC exams begin today
The Secondary School Certificate (SSC), Dakhil and SSC Vocational examinations under nine education boards begin today with the English first paper.
 arrow Bus terminal operators owe DCC Tk 4.5cr
Authorities of Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) are in quagmire as the private operators of three city bus terminals, reportedly controlled by ruling party quarters, are showing utter reluctance to pay dues
 arrow India start strongly
Opener Virender Sehwag hit a chancy 95 not out to lead India's strong response against Pakistan on a rain-hit second day of the first Test on Wednesday.
 arrow Waking up to pests, DMCH does away with 100 cats
The Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) authorities since Tuesday have rounded up more than 100 cats from the hospital compound and abandoned them in an empty land at Aminbazar on the northwestern
 arrow Nature puts on new leaves...

 arrow Bigots besiege Ahmadiyya base tomorrow
Activists of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement will besiege the Ahmadiyya base in Sutrapur in the town tomorrow in demand for declaring the community non-Muslim.
 arrow PM, ministry differ on finishing date
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said Bangladesh will have submarine cable connection in July-August this year while the post and telecommunications ministry said setting up the cable will be completed
 arrow Three accused surrender to court
Three accused in the sensational Chittagong arms haul case yesterday surrendered to a court, 11 months after the huge cache of arms and ammunition was seized on April 2 last year.
 arrow 6-year-old boy gets bail
Six-year-old boy Imon was granted bail in the March 2 rape and riot case recorded with the Jessore Kotwali Police Station after his surrender on Tuesday to the court of First Class Magistrate Abdur Rob.
 arrow Kibria's chehlum tomorrow
The chehlum of slain Awami League lawmaker and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria will be held at his Dhanmondi house after Juma prayers tomorrow.
 arrow Suicide bomb rattles Baghdad
A suicide bomber in a garbage truck packed with explosives killed two policemen near a Baghdad hotel Wednesday and police found 41 corpses, shot or decapitated, in the heartland of Iraq's insurgency.
 arrow AL, allies may form human wall around capital
The main opposition Awami League (AL) and its left allies are considering to form a human wall around the capital on March 13 to demonstrate no-confidence in the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition.
 arrow Govt is killing people in crossfire
Eminent lawyer and Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said the government is killing people in crossfire in a show of improving law and order.
 arrow Petrobangla asked to take action against Bapex MD
Petrobangla has been asked to take administrative action against Managing Director (MD) of Bapex MA Based for Tangratila blowout.
Businessarrow 6 new cos join CDS March 23
Six new companies are going to join the central depository system (CDS) for electronic trade settlement on the bourses on March 23.
 arrow 4th int'l poultry show kicks off today
An international poultry show begins today in Dhaka with a call to apply scientific method in farming domestic birds to increase production and make business profitable.
 arrow Ministry moves to bail sick textile mills out of crisis
The Ministry of Textiles will put forward a proposal to the Ministry of Finance for writing off the overdue interests of bank loans of sick textile mills to make them viable.
 arrow India tourism to woo $22b investment in next decade
The booming Indian travel and tourism industry is expected to attract a capital investment of nearly $22 billion in the next decade, says a study conducted by World Travel and Tourism Council.
 arrow China may use tax relief to help banks bring down non-performing loans
China may use tax relief to improve the health of its largest banks, Finance Minister Jin Renqing said Wednesday, also suggesting the country's huge foreign exchange reserves could be mobilized for the
 arrow Tea auction witnesses strong demand
The penultimate tea auction of the season here in the port city on Tuesday witnessed strong demand with blenders and loose tea traders lending good support.
 arrow ACI to market Haldiram products
ACI Limited has been appointed the Bangladesh distributor of snacks and sweetmeats of Haldiram, a consumer goods manufacturer of India.
 arrow 2nd plane joins Best Air fleet
Best Air, a local air cargo service provider, has added a second plane to its fleet.
 arrow Novartis on list of Fortune's best companies
Novartis is named one of the 'World's Most Admired Companies' by Fortune magazine.
 arrow Japan Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs
Asia's biggest airline Japan Airlines (JAL) plans to cut 6,000 jobs in the next two years under a new business revival plan, the Sankei Shimbun newspaper said Wednesday.
 arrow China's exchange rate at reasonable level
China's exchange rate is at a reasonable level and is "in line" with the country's current conditions, Finance Minister Jin Renqing said Wednesday.
 arrow IMF calls on ECB not to raise rates: Report
The International Monetary Fund believes that the European Central Bank should not raise its key interest rates while economic growth in the 12-country eurozone remains so anaemic, the Financial Times
 arrow Mitsubishi to compensate DaimlerChrysler
Mitsubishi Motors, the scandal-hit Japanese carmaker, has agreed to pay compensation worth some billion yen (762 million dollars) to DaimlerChrysler for losses on its investment in the Mitsubishi Fuso
Sportsarrow Cricket: Sehwag shines in rain
Virender Sehwag put Pakistan's attack to the sword with a rapid and unbeaten 95 to strengthen India's position in the opening Test here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Khokon rescues Brothers
An 85th minute strike by Saiful Islam Khokon helped Brothers Union salvage something in a dour 1-1 draw in their AFC Cup debut against Turkmenistan's Nisa FC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers' delight in Zim plight
Calls to strip Zimbabwe of Test status may finally have taken the pressure off Bangladesh, who yearn to gain respect as a cricket team.
 arrow Football: East Bengal survive Mukti fright
East Bengal survived anxious moments before finishing goalless with Muktijoddha Sangsad of Bangladesh in their opening AFC Cup match here today.
 arrow Cricket: India inviting Musharraf
India on Wednesday said it would be happy if Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf came to this country to watch any of the matches of the current series.
"It is a friendly visit...

 arrow Chess: Zia keeps nat'l title
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman retained his national chess title when he beat Hasan Imam in the 12th round at the NSC Conference Room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag sounds ominous for Pakistan
Swashbuckling Indian opener Virender Sehwag Wednesday sounded a warning to Pakistan, saying he would continue to bat in the same attacking vein to put his team in a winning position in the first Testhere.
 arrow Cricket: 'Indian seamers' show inspires us'
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer Wednesday took heart from the Indian seamers' performance on a grassy track in the first Test here, saying his side also had fast bowlers to exploit the conditions.
 arrow Cricket: Richardson slams WICB
Richie Richardson, the former West Indies captain, has slammed the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for failing to resolve the ongoing sponsorship dispute and said it was time for business-minded individuals
 arrow Cricket: 'Pom-mel the Convicts'
Ian Botham, England's greatest Aussie basher, has urged England to thrash the 'convicts' and win the Ashes this summer.
 arrow Cricket: Lee likely to comeback
Australia are considering bringing back express paceman Brett Lee for the first Test against New Zealand in Christchurch which starts on Thursday.
 arrow Hockey: Easy sail for BSC
Leaders Bangladesh Sporting Club (BSC) launched their campaign in the super-four of the Green Delta First Division Hockey League with a 3-0 whitewash of Muktibihanga Tarun Sangha at the Maulana Bhashani
 arrow Cricket: MSC cricket
Wills Little Flower School inflicted a nine-wicket defeat on Mary Gold Child Academy in the Moha-mmedan Dhaka Metropolitan Inter-school Cricket Tournament at the East End Club ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Zondeki, Nel called back
Monde Zondeki and Andre Nel have been recalled to the South African attack in place of rested strike duo Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini for the second Test against Zimba-bwe starting at Centurion onFriday.
 arrow Table Tennis: A title for Mostafa at last
Mostafa lifted the men's singles title of the Rumi Smriti Open Table Tennis Competition, which ended at the Woodenfloor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: BJMC, Ansar reach final
BJMC and Bangladesh Ansar romped into the final of the Pepsi 17th National Women's Handball Championship beating their respective rivals at the Dampara Police Line ground in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Football: Last laugh Chelsea's
John Terry headed Chelsea into the last eight of the Champions League with the crucial goal in an epic 4-2 victory over Barcelona.
 arrow Football: Crespo spells United's doom
Manchester United were knocked out of the Champions League here Tuesday after losing 1-0 to AC Milan in front of a 69,000 sell-out San Siro crowd.
 arrow Football: Barca boys incensed
Chelsea's dramatic Champions League win over Barcelona has been marred by claims by Barcelona's Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o he was called a "monkey" by a Chelsea steward in angry skirmishes after the
 arrow Football: Lyon massacre Bremen
French champions Lyon advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-2 hammering of German league title-holders Werder Bremen in their first round knockout phase second leg tie here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: A master of tactics
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti possesses the political skills essential for an employee of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Nationalarrow A gross violation of medical ethics
A local NGO has operated upon 942 eye patients in a year by well-utilising the free treatment facilities provided by an international organisation named Sight Savers International (SSI).
 arrow Micro-credits change poor women's lot
A little economic assistance has changed the lot of poor enterprising women here in two years.
Twenty-six-year-old Rina Begum is one of the women who became self-reliant making good use of the assistance.

 arrow 'Greater media role can ensure food security'
Participants at a seminar held in Rangamati stressed on stronger partnership among media professionals and development partners to promote food security for the ultra-poor.
 arrow 'Skill development needed for safe migration'
Skill development and information availability are needed to ensure safe migration of the female migrant workers, said the experts at a seminar in Narsingdi recently.
 arrow Erratum
In a story titled, "Grameen Bank client 'beaten,'' published on the National page of The Daily Star on Wednesday, the version of the Principal Officer of Grameen Bank Zonal Office Sahadat Hossain wasmistakenly
Point-Counterpointarrow Landmines: Another weapon of mass destruction
To the casual reader, a small bit of news appearing in the national dailies a few days ago, stating the completion of destruction of all but 15,000 anti-personnel mines may have conveyed very little and
Culturearrow Empowerment of women
Over the years, International Women's Day has taken to the streets, sparked off a revolution, met cozily at luncheons and concerts, rubbed shoulders with Prime Ministers and Mayors, demonstrated at the
 arrow Faces that stir up the mind
The works of Arham ul Haq Chowdhury, a PhD student in anthropology, have been visible for the last 10 years. We have seen his art furniture, hand painted pottery, Bangla calligraphy and Bonsai.
 arrow Prachyanat stages Koinna
With the rhythm of chimta (typical tongs used by pirs) and dhol, legendary Koinna Pir transforms his soul to his companion Bahurupi, who lives in a pond as a fish.
 arrow Kirstie Alley: Liberated by new show
Kristie Ally, the star of popular TV shows such as North and South and Cheers is the star of a new reality-comedy series - Fat Actress.
 arrow Keanu setting sail for "Sinbad"
Keanu Reeves is in talks to feature in Columbia Pictures' long-gestating Sinbad picture, The 8th Voyage of Sinbad.
 arrow 117th birth anniversary of Sree Sree Thakur Anukul Chandra

Generalarrow Mayor sacks his APS for corruption
The mayor of Dhaka City Corporation has sacked his assistant private secretary on charges of massive corruption and involvement in personal scandals.
 arrow Bail prayer of Rab man rejected, sent to jail
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) member, arrested on Tuesday while taking bribe from a businessman at Gopibagh in the city, was sued under Speedy Trial (Law and Order Disruption) Act yesterday.
 arrow Shops looted, 25 injured in Patuakhali
At least 25 persons were seriously injured, nine of them bullet-hit, during a daring robbery at Kanakdia Bazaar under Bauphal upazila in the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Robbers stab ex-railway DG
Robbers stabbed a former director general of Bangladesh Railways (BR) and looted cash and valuables from his residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow Bangladeshi- born American sworn in as DAG of New Jersey
Dewan Sharmin Arefin, a Bangladeshi-born American, was sworn in as Deputy Attorney General (DAG) of the State of New Jersey, USA, a Community press release said yesterday.
 arrow Workshop on Aids prevention info for school
PIACT Bangladesh organised a divisional workshop on 'Review of draft text materials on HIV/Aids prevention information for Secondary and Higher Secondary School' in Mymensingh recently, says a press release.
 arrow KU VC resigns
Vice-Chancellor of Khulna University Prof Dr M Abdul Kadir Bhuiyan resigned yesterday.
He submitted his resignation letter to the chancellor without mentioning any reason.

 arrow ISD awarded second int'l accreditation
The International School Dhaka (ISD) was awarded a Certificate of Accreditation by Richard Tangye, executive director of the Council of International Schools (CIS), yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow NU admission test tomorrow
Admission test for first year honours course under arts, science and commerce of the National University will be held tomorrow.
The date was rescheduled after deferring twice.

 arrow Prize giving ceremony of Uttara School
The annual prize giving ceremony and cultural function of Uttara High School was held on Monday.
 arrow 1,372 more held
Police arrested 1,372 more people, including three identified criminals, on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Mashiuddin Miah, a freedom fighter and Awami League (AL) leader of Gopalganj district, passed away due to old-age complications yesterday at the age of 82,says a press release.
Internationalarrow Baghdad wakes up to death, destruction
"A suicide bomber just blew himself up in Baghdad," blurted out the radio from a car stuck in traffic off Al-Andalus Square not far from a massive attack Wednesday on the agriculture ministry and a hotel.
 arrow Syrian army evacuates bases in Lebanon
Syrian soldiers flashed victory signs and waved automatic rifles as they drove eastward through Lebanon's mountains on Wednesday, pressing ahead with their evacuation of positions they have held for almost
 arrow Nepal students defy emergency
Hundreds of students in Kathm-andu defied a ban on public rallies Wednesday and protested against King Gyanendra's power grab in one of the largest shows of dissent since the monarch's sacking of government,
 arrow UNGA bans all types of cloning
A divided UN General Assembly adopted a non-binding declaration banning all types of cloning, including for therapeutic purposes, but those, who opposed it, said they would go ahead with the research.
 arrow Four wounded in Afghanistan bomb blasts
Four people were wounded after two bombs exploded Tuesday within minutes of each other near an aid organization's guest house in the northern Afghanistan province of Faryab, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Chechen rebels vow to fight on
Chechen rebels vowed Wednesday to pursue and expand their fight for independence from Russia, calling the killing of rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov a fleeting coup for the Kremlin that obliterated any hope
 arrow Israelis to leave WB towns
Israel has agreed in talks to cede control of two West Bank towns - Jericho and Tulkarm - to Palestinian forces in the coming days.
 arrow China prosecutes 30,788 officials for corruption in 2004
China said Wednesday it prosecuted 30,788 officials for corruption last year, as it steps up efforts to fight a scourge that threatens the Communist Party's legitimacy.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rab's action against errant members
It is welcome news that some internal monitoring and weeding out operations are taking place within Rab, the elite anti-crime force.
 arrow Editorial: Fresh onslaught on Ahmadiyyas imminent
The anti-Ahmadiyya bigots are once again on the move and March 11 has been slated as the day for action.
 arrow Foreign ministry and the image of the country
It is reported that the govern-ment policymakers are considering in taking steps to recast the structure of the foreign ministry for its diplomatic "failure" in handling the poor Bangladesh image abroad.
 arrow Anti-Iraq war campaign mounting up
Last February 19 to 21, more than 500 representatives from United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the country's largest anti Iraq War coalition, met in St.
Letters to Editorarrow Mohakhali Flyover
When the construction of Mohakhali Flyover started, our hearts became filled with the hope that we would not be stuck on the road any more.
 arrow Question leakage
We are well informed about the recent question leakage in the 25th╩BCS exams, thanks to reports carried by the press. This is agonising as well as alarming. It has become a culture.
 arrow Quorum crisis
It is common news that there is quorum crisis in our parliament. May I remind our honourable MPs that we, the voters, have elected them to represent us in the parliament.
 arrow 'Attacks on NGOs'
Mr Firoz Alam, in his article on 'Attacks on NGOs' (The Daily Star, 5 March 2005), has pointed out the role played by the NGOs in the country by "creating a group of critically aware civil society, empowering
 arrow Indo-Pak cricket
The matches between India and Pakistan always generate a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. Cricket fans are looking forward to some thrilling matches this time around also.
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