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Front Pagearrow 50 hurt as employees attack RU teachers
Some 50 persons, including teachers, officials and police, were injured at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday as the "controversial" 546 employees launched sporadic attacks on them and the vice chancellor's
 arrow IMF, WB to start talks today
International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) start today a series of discussions with Bangladesh to provide it technical assistance in preventing money laundering and terrorist financing.
 arrow 72 including 12 journos hurt as cops swoop on opposition march
At least 20 Awami League (AL) activists and 12 journalists were injured yesterday as police swooped on an AL procession supporting today's dawn-to-dusk hartal called by the 14-party opposition alliance.
 arrow 14kg explosives, jihadi books found in Bogra
The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday seized 14kg explosives, huge bomb-making materials, and over 2,000 books on jihad kept underground near the house of a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative's
 arrow Another legal war looms
Another spell of legal battle is set to ensue in a couple of days over the High Court's (HC) directives on voter list, making completion of the ongoing fieldwork for a fresh voter list even more difficult
 arrow Leaving warehouse from search creates puzzle
Thursday's 18-hour fiasco in Poradaho, expressly to catch the outlawed JMB top brass, put on yet another puzzle yesterday as sources said the law enforcement agencies avoided searching a large warehouse
 arrow 4 carjackers killed in 'shootout' with cops
Four carjackers were killed in a 'shootout' with police at Durgapur on the outskirts of the district town early yesterday.
 arrow Costly cranes lie idle at Ctg port
Four sophisticated gantry cranes imported from Japan have been lying idle at the Chittagong seaport for about four months due to lack of installation facilities and opposition from the stevedores andport
 arrow 5 lakh fake driving licences in use
Around half a million people are driving motor vehicles on roads across the country with fake licences thanks to corruption and poor manpower of the regulators who check them.
 arrow Hasina slates attack on AL workers
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday criticised the BNP-Jamaat alliance government for attacking opposition activists and said people will foil their plan to remain in power through vote rigging.
 arrow Charges pressed against 10 for killing journalist Goutam
Police yesterday pressed charges against 10 people for killing journalist Goutam Das, Faridpur bureau chief of the daily Samakal.
 arrow Mizan Chy still in coma
Elderly politician and noted Awami League leader Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury, 78, is still in a coma at intensive care unit (ICU) at Birdem Hospital in the capital.
 arrow US sees Iran facing growing isolation
The United States said Friday that Iran's move to transfer currency deposits away from Europe is a sign of growing isolation amid heightening tensions over its nuclear programme.
 arrow Nepalese protesters clash with police
Nepalese police rounded up yesterday hundreds of protesters and fired tear gas during running clashes in central Kathmandu with activists demonstrating against King Gyanendra.
 arrow US scrambles to defuse Japan beef row
The US is dispatching a team of experts to Japan to oversee US shipments of beef, in an effort to persuade Tokyo not to reimpose a total ban on beef imports.
 arrow Kosovo President Rugova dies
Kosovo President Ibrahim Rugova, the literary scholar turned politician who was the symbol of the fight for Kosovar self-rule, died of cancer yesterday, officials said. He was 61.
 arrow US Islamic NGO team in Iraq to free abducted US journo
A delegation of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, (Cair), a non-governmental organisation, went to Iraqi capital Baghdad to exert efforts for the release of the American female journalist, Jill
 arrow Time running out for Canadian PM
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin unleashed a last-ditch bid to save his job, shadowed by opinion polls predicting he will slump to a double-digit loss to opposition Conservatives in tomorrow's election.
Businessarrow Economy gets skewed
The country's economy is experiencing an asymmetrical structural transformation with a falling share of the real economic sectors and increasing contribution of the service sector, said economists.
 arrow Corporate-media ties key to responsible news coverage
Corporate houses at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for responsible media coverage of corporate affairs while journalists said news coverage is often influenced by the interest of the advertisers.
 arrow Motorola's global market share up 3pc
Motorola, the world's second largest cellular mobile handset maker, posted a record US$4.7 billion operating earning in 2005 and 47 percent ($2.2 billion) of this cash flow came from mobile handsets sales.
 arrow GP launches 'Business Solutions'
GrameenPhone Limited, the country's leading cellphone operator, yesterday launched a new service called 'Business Solutions' for corporate houses.
 arrow Asia Energy's new London based CEO
Asia Energy PLC has appointed Steve Bywater, a top mining executive from Australia, its new London-based Chief Executive Officer with a brief to take its US$ 2.
 arrow Prime Bank to offer real-time online banking services
Prime Bank Limited yesterday signed an agreement with Thakral Information System Pvt Limited, an IBM hardware solution provider, to ensure upgraded real-time online banking services and products for customers
 arrow US hopes for WTO progress in Davos
US Trade Representative Rob Portman expressed hope Friday that talks among trade powers in Switzerland next week would help get the WTO liberalisation drive back on track.
 arrow Gold hits new 25-year high
Gold strode to fresh 25-year highs in Europe on Friday as heightened geo-political concerns, firm oil prices and instability in currency markets sucked more money into the precious metal.
 arrow US waives import certificate requirement for India
The US Department of Commerce has announced the removal of import certificate requirement with respect to India and six other nations in eastern Europe.
 arrow WB lends $400m for Indian power project
The World Bank has approved a USD 400 million loan to the Power Grid Corporation of India which would help the country realise the goal of optimal utilisation of electricity resources and strengthenthe
 arrow Google case boosts furor over US privacy threats
A legal standoff between the US Justice Department and internet search giant Google has added fuel to an already heated debate over the government's right of access to potentially personal data.
 arrow India to be a beacon of light for developing world: Report
India and China will emerge as two economic powers that differ greatly economically and politically in the next two decades and New Delhi will become the "beacon of light for the developing world", according
 arrow S'pore sees more investment opportunities in Indonesia
Singapore after placing Indonesia as its fifth biggest trade partner in 2005, believed there are still many investment opportunities in Indonesia.
 arrow Malaysia Airlines hikes fuel surcharge
Malaysia Airlines on Saturday announced sharp increases in fuel surcharges starting next month, the carrier's fourth hike in half a year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashrafee returning
Injured paceman Mashrafee-Bin-Mortuza is set to return to action after a four-month lay-off.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan well placed
Dashing all-rounder Shahid Afridi and Inzamamul Haq plundered India's attack to help Pakistan wrest the initiative in the second Test here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis keeps rolling
Martina Hingis has quickly quieted her doubters.
 arrow Lee doesn't worry Moody
Sri Lanka are unfazed by the latest efforts of pace bowling sensation Brett Lee and will face Australia in Sunday's one-day triangular series match boosted by the return of opener Sanath Jayasuriya, coach
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Faruque hammered exactly one hundred as Kathalbagan scored a four-wicket victory over Cricket Coaching School (CCS) in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup soccer
Dhaka made a flying start in the final round of the Second JFA Cup U-16 football tournament when they blanked Rangamati 3-0 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Mido gives Egypt a winning start
Egypt striker Mido headed an early goal to set the hosts on their way to a 3-0 win over Libya in the opening game of the African Nations Cup on Friday.
 arrow Football: Gunners go down at Everton
James Beattie continued Everton's recent revival with the 13th-minute goal that ensured a fourth successive victory for David Moyes's side and dealt another blow to Arsenal's hopes of a return to theChampions
 arrow Cricket: Eng won't hurry Giles comeback
England will not push spinner Ashley Giles back into action in India unless his hip injury is fully recovered.
 arrow Cricket: Top teams far apart
Australia and South Africa may be the two best one-day cricket teams in the world but their current fortunes couldn't be further apart.
 arrow Chess: Zia still third
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman remained in the third position along with four others in the fourth Parsvnath International Open Chess tournament after the end of the ninth round in Delhi, India yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Aga Khan Gold Cup golf held
Arshi Haider clinched the men's title while M H Lim won the women's crown in the Aga Khan Gold Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club course on Saturday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l jr chess
A total of 26 players were sharing the lead in the BASIC Bank National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship at the end of the second round at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: India need a genuine fast bowler: Greg
Having transformed the Indian team into a winning unit, coach Greg Chappell rues the absence of a genuine fast bowler in the line-up who he believes will help his team bridge the gap with world champions
 arrow Cricket: Shabbir ban to stay
An independent bowling review group (BRG) has upheld Pakistan pace bowler Shabbir Ahmed's 12-month ban from international cricket after a hearing in Dubai.
 arrow Football: It can be Zidane only
Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said Friday that if he could pick one foreign player to feature in his World Cup squad it would be French superstar Zinedine Zidane.
 arrow Football: Rooney will star at WC: Bilardo
England's Wayne Rooney will be the revelation of the World Cup, says former Argentina coach Carlos Bilardo.
 arrow Football: Mourinho to follow Capello footsteps
Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho said Saturday he will one day follow the example of Juventus manager Fabio Capello who earlier this week announced he will retire from football in 2009.
Metropolitanarrow 9 killed, 75 injured in road accidents
At least nine people were killed and 75 injured in separate road accidents in Sirajganj, Jessre, Faridpur, Comilla, Manikganj and Bhola yesterday.
 arrow Expats' agitation at home, abroad soon
Expatriates threaten to launch a tougher agitation at home and abroad soon, if their demand for enlistment as voters remains unfulfilled.
 arrow 'Protect rivers, canals'
People with political influence have been encroaching the water bodies in Dhaka city, inviting environmental disaster, environmentalists said at a rally yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka not prepared for quake, tsunami disasters
Bangladesh is not necessarily prepared for earthquake and tsunami disasters although it is comparatively prepared to deal with some other natural disasters such as flood and cyclone, speakers at a seminar
 arrow Build children as worthy citizens
BNP Secretary General and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday called upon the guardians to take more care of their children to build them as worthy citizens of the country.
 arrow 10 injured as Jessore AL factions clash
At least 10 people including the district unit general secretary and vice-president were injured in a clash between two groups of Awami League (AL) in Jessore town yesterday.
 arrow Failure to bring perpetrators to justice leads to more violence
Amnesia and failure to bring the perpetrators of killings and repression to justice produce a feeling of resentment leading to more violence in the society, said academics and human rights activists at
 arrow Lost kid gets shelter
At last a lost kid has got a shelter.
 arrow Schoolgirl abducted by JCD leader
A gang of criminals allegedly led by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) General Secretary Mostafizur Rahman of Kalapara MB College abducted a student of class ten of Kalapara Girl's High School in Patuakhali
 arrow Resignation of CEC, 2 ECs demanded
General Secretary of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) at a meeting in the city demanded immediate resignation of two newly appointed election commissioners and the chief election commissioner (CEC)
 arrow Diarrhoea claims 8, affects many at Joypurhat
Diarrhoea that broke out in Panchbibi upazila claimed eight lives and affected many others during the last 20 days.
 arrow Ban on traffic movement around JS
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has imposed restrictions on traffic movement on certain routes around the Sangsad Bhaban for security reasons during the winter session of parliament beginning on January
 arrow Rab submits charge sheet against Ctg JMB commander
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday submitted a charge sheet against JMB Chittagong divisional commander Mohammad alias Javed Iqbal and Cox's Bazar commander Naimuzzaman alias Jafar in an armscase.
 arrow Shamokal editor Golam Sarwar resigns
Golam Sarwar, editor of the daily Shamokal, resigned yesterday. "I resigned as the editor of the Shamokal on January 21 for strictly personal reasons," he said in a press statement.
 arrow Indian held at Benapole check post
Bangladesh Rifles arrested an Indian citizen along with huge foreign currency at the Benapole check post on Friday.
 arrow 147 applications under Kha unit cancelled
The Dhaka University authorities cancelled application forms of 147 candidates as they did not fulfil the criteria set for admission test under 2005-2006 session.
 arrow Buet short course on 'Coastal Zone Management'
A four-day short course on 'Coastal Zone Management' under the framework of Buet-DUT cooperation in the field of Water Resources Engineering Phase-III began at Buet here yesterday.
 arrow Pakundia Samity executives
Former Prof of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) Momtaz Uddin Bhuiyan and Deputy Secretary of Ministry of Agriculture Dr SM Nazmul Islam have been elected as president and general
Nationalarrow Killings decline, robberies increase in Jhenidah
Incidents of murder marked a decline in six upazilas of Jhenidah district last year but those of abduction hovered around the previous year's figure, according to police, newspaper reports and other sources.
 arrow Punish killers of Niloy
Different socio-cultural, political and non-government organisations brought out a joint a procession in Salonga in Sirajganj district yesterday demanding trail of the killers of school boy Niloy.
 arrow Two more JMB men chargesheeted
Jhalakati police submitted a supplementary charge sheet accusing two more JMB (Jamaatul Mujahidine, Bangladesh) leaders in the judges' murder case, filed under he Explosives Act.
 arrow Jamaat 'bans' cultural activities in Jaldhaka!
Two businessmen of Jaldhaka are on the run as they filed a case against some Islami Chhatra Shibir activists allegedly for attacking and damaging their shops for playing music there ignoring Jamaat-e-Islami's
 arrow Killings by BSF up in southwestern border areas
The Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) killed at least 16 Bangladeshi citizens and injured over 100 at different border points in the southwestern region in four and a half months from August 17 to December
 arrow Shibir men assault college principal
Principal SM Abu Sayeed of Daulatpur Day and Night College is feeling insecure as he is being threatened by Islami Chatra Shibir activists for filing a general diary (GD) with Daulatpur thana on Thursday
 arrow JMB threat to blow up college in Khulna Another activist held in Bagerhat
JMB has threatened to blow up MM College in Phultala upazila in Khulna. Principal Abul Kalam Azad of the college received the threat over cell phone on Thursday.
 arrow BSF stops barbed-wire fencing in Akhaura border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Thursday stopped erection of illegal barbed-wire fencing on No Man's Land at Bautola village in Akhaura upazila after holding a flag meeting with the Bangladesh
Point-Counterpointarrow Immigrants: Riots, Asylum and Integration?
In Cairo, the other day, hundreds of policemen broke into the encampment of Sudanese refugees who were on a sit-in protest for many weeks, seeking asylum and a safe passage to Europe.
 arrow Dead white men
Reading is an intensely personal and some will say anti-social pastime, but one which never ceases to give pleasure and, if one chooses the right sort of book, challenge the mind.
 arrow Micro-credit: The way forward
The micro-finance industry in Bangladesh has achieved a lot over the years.
Culturearrow Recalling Alamgir Kabir -- the doyen of our films
Munira Morshed Munni's book, Chalachchitra Acharya Alamgir Kabir was launched on January 20, marking the death anniversary of the local film guru, Alamgir Kabir.
 arrow An undimmed passion for music
Artiste Asaf Khan's musical inclination can be traced to his childhood.
 arrow Just a Little Dream: A movie on child oppression
Most people dream of a better future. However, the tendency is to exclude the expectations of underprivileged children.
 arrow Redford looks back at Sundance legacy
The Sundance Film Festival opened on last Thursday with founder Robert Redford looking back on 25 years of independent film and recalling a time when he stood on street corners and begged people to come
Internationalarrow Lankan war inevitable if no progress made
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels will return to war unless progress is made soon in the island's deadlocked peace process, a senior rebel said just days ahead of a visit by Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim.
 arrow Hamas will hold talks with Israel
The Palestinian militant group Hamas recognises the existence of Israel and will go along with negotiations with the Jewish state, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said in an interviewpublished
 arrow UN warns of landslides in Pak quake zone
The harsh winter in Pakistan's northern mountains has been a major burden for millions recovering from a major earthquake victims.
 arrow Iraq braces for tough talks on future govt
Iraqi parties yesterday geared up for the start of tough negotiations on forming a national unity government after rebels launched concerted attacks in western Iraq to coincide with the release of election
 arrow Indian northeast rebels call for Republic Day boycott
Armed separatist groups in the restive northeastern region on Friday called for the boycott of next week's Republic Day celebrations and authorities said security in the area will be tightened.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Kushtia operation fiasco
The eighteen and a half hour anti-terror combing operation in Kushtia, that involved over 1,700 BDR, Rab, and local police personnel, and ended with not one JMB operative being apprehended, brings into
 arrow Editorial: Catching tax evaders
The National Board of Revenue seems set to bring buyers of pricey cattle during the last Eid under its probe network in its bid to raise tax collection.
 arrow How can AL win majority seats again?
This is a follow up to "Why BNP will be hard to defeat" published on January 15.
 arrow A Somalia notebook
How many guns make a warlord? 25 technicals, so about 250 armed men with Russian AK-47s and Belgian pistols make you a lord, and you can go up the hierarchy to viscount or marquis or earl or proper baron
Letters to Editorarrow Leaking Gulshan sewage
Thanks to FK Tanim for focusing on the deplorable sewerage condition south of Gulshan first circle (DS: 18 Jan).
 arrow Our airports
I would like to thank Mr. Shafiq Islam and Mr. Aziz Mallick for their valuable comments about Zia International Airport. I would like to add two instances of my personal experience in this regard.
 arrow Voter ID card and database
There are a lot of discussions going on about free and fair election. Some parties want changes in the caretaker government system; some parties want a strong Election Commission.
 arrow What's the point?
I'v seen a mobile phone ad on TV, advising the viewers to say everyday "ami Bangladesh ke valobashi". The advice was good! Everybody loves the country and that's a truth you can't deny.
 arrow Road accidents
The number of road accidents is increasing alarmingly day by day. But precious little is being done to keep the situation under control.
Star Healtharrow Bronchiolitis: A common respiratory illness in children in winter
A common viral, acute onset, self limited inflammation of the lowest respiratory tract (bronchioles) mostly caused by Respiratory Syncytial virus (RSV).
 arrow Electrical shock
The danger from an electrical shock depends on how high the voltage is, how the current traveled through the body, the person's overall health, and how quickly the person is treated.
 arrow Positive thinking: A skill for stress relief
Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question may reflect your outlook on life and whether you are optimistic or pessimistic.
 arrow New hope for thalassaemia is far away from us
The long waited once daily oral iron chelator Exjade, (also known as ICL670), has received US FDA approval on last November. Iron chelator is a type of drug that excretes iron from body.
 arrow Tips on peptic ulcer disease
  1. Ulcers are "sores" that frequently affect the stomach and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum).
  2. Bacterial infection is the most common cause of duodenal ulcers.

 arrow Clarification of the news on 'Doctor’s negligence costs a youth’s life' published in The Daily Star on December 23, 2005
I am a doctor and In-charge of the previous NHN Saleha Memorial (Diabetic) Centre (presently Gulshan Health Care Centre), an enterprise of the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh.
 arrow Notice
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Star Cityarrow Pollution, ignorance leads to infection
In a ward in Dhaka Shishu Hospital, a worried Parul looks down at her three-month old son, Tausil, who was lying on the bed beside her.
 arrow Recognising women's contributions to '71
As Bangalee women's multi-dimensional contributions to the country's Liberation War have been ignored in the last 34 years, Liberation War Museum has been holding a month-long exhibition titled "The Liberation
 arrow DU campus returns to normalcy
With the end of the 23-day winter, Christmas and Eid vacation, the Dhaka University (DU) campus area is gradually buzzing with students.
 arrow Hunting for Bees
The Small Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) or Shui Chora, a fairly tame bird is a rare sight in cities and usually seen in plenty in rural areas breeding in the open country with bushes.
 arrow Hazaribagh residents still facing heath hazards
Hajera Khatun, a resident of Hazaribagh, showed her hands and legs with numerous small black spots caused by bites of a type of flies that live in the foam-like effluents of tanneries.
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