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Front Pagearrow Fuel prices set to rise again
The government is going to raise the oil prices very soon in keeping with the steep oil price hike on the global market and also to get the fifth tranche of Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) loan
 arrow EU for EC free from PMO's authority
The visiting European Union troika yesterday strongly advocated for an Election Commission (EC) free from the "authority" of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) to ensure free, fair and credible parliamentary
 arrow Country down with unusual power crisis
The country is facing an unusual winter-time power load shedding of 300 to 500 megawatt every day mainly because of maintenance work in a large number of power generation units and also due to shortfall
 arrow Protest on against police atrocities
The situation in Kansat in Chapainawabganj remained volatile yesterday as people continued to barricade Chapainawabganj-Sonamasjid road in protest against police atrocities on people demanding electricity
 arrow EC to appeal when listing nearly ends
The Election Commission (EC) will file an appeal against the January 4 High Court (HC) directives on voter list next week, a day or two before the deadline for completing the field-level work of the controversial
 arrow Arrestee is not Abdur Rahman
West Bengal police yesterday confirmed that they had not arrested Shaekh Abdur Rahman, the chief of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), as the issue remained the talk of the country for thelast
 arrow Get more organised to resist bombers
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the members of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party (VDP) to be more organised to resist the bombers.
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 arrow BCIC in cash crunch as finance sits on subsidy
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) is facing a severe liquidity crisis because the finance ministry failed to pay over Tk 1,000 crore of outstanding subsidy due to the corporation thathas
 arrow Hasina accuses govt of faking attempt to nab militants
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina has said while the Islamist militants don't get killed in crossfire, the snatchers are not being spared from such killing.
 arrow Biswa Ijtema begins on friday....

 arrow 2 burnt alive in 2 fire incidents
Two persons including a schoolboy were burnt to death in as many fire incidents in the capital and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow NBR to go for survey to net more taxpayers
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) decided to conduct a survey across the country to bring more people under tax net to generate more revenue, said Khairuzzaman Chowdhury, chairman of the board yesterday.
 arrow RU halts on teacher strike
Academic and administrative activities came to a standstill at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday following the simultaneous work abstention programmes of the teachers and the officers demanding cancellation
 arrow Reshuffle of secys
The government yesterday transferred five secretaries and two additional secretaries.
 arrow CEC sick, his meeting with EU troika cancelled
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz's meeting with the visiting European Union (EU) team has been cancelled as the CEC fell sick and was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in Rab 'crossfire'
Two armed cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddha faction were killed during an encounter between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and their associates yesterday in Khulna.
 arrow Dollar prices rising again
Dollar prices have started to climb once again. In the foreign exchange market yesterday the price of a dollar rose to Tk 66.55, up by Tk 0.10 from Monday's.
 arrow Grafts can be halved in a year: ACC chief
Identifying political will as the key to address the issue of corruption, Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Justice Sultan Hossain Khan yesterday said corruption in the country can come down
 arrow 2 die, 10 fall ill after eating puffer fish
Two children died and 10 others became critically ill after eating poisonous puffer fish at South Gohira in Anwara upazila on Monday night. The dead are Shamima Akhtar, 7, and Forkan, 10.
 arrow 8 killed in twin Iran blasts
Eight people were killed and dozens more injured in a double bomb attack yesterday in the restive city of Ahvaz in southwest Iran where a scheduled visit by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was cancelled
 arrow 3 boys hurt as bomb goes off at school
Three schoolboys were injured in a bomb explosion at a school in Sreenagar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow HC rule on govt to explain police action
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule upon the government to explain why the police action taking over the house of Sheikh Rehana should not be declared to have been made without lawful authority.
 arrow PBCP men shot AL leader dead
An Awami League (AL) leader was shot dead by a gang of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj yesterday evening.
Businessarrow Exports grow 12.73pc in five months
Export earning reached US$ 4.010 billion in the first five months of the current fiscal year, posting a 12.73 percent growth, thanks to good performance by knitwear, leather and textile fabrics.
 arrow SEC launches guidelines on corporate governance
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has launched guidelines on corporate governance for listed companies to establish corporate accountability and transparency.
 arrow IDB to boost trade finance for private sector
Islamic Development Bank (IDB) will boost its trade finance role, particularly for the private sector entities, to contribute more to Bangladesh's economic development.
 arrow Give loans to thrust sectors at 5pc interest
Leaders of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) yesterday requested Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman to give loans to thrust sectors at a rate of 5 percent interest.
 arrow US firm eager to construct sky rail line in Bangladesh
A US private transport company has expressed its eagerness to set up sky rail lines from Narayanganj to Joydevpur and Sadarghat to Savar at a cost of over Tk 5,000 crore to facilitate transportation system
 arrow Atab launches computerised billing settlement plan
The Association of Travel Agents of Bangladesh (Atab) yesterday launched the operation of a computerised billing settlement plan.
 arrow Bangladesh trade show in Lanka fetches Tk48.09cr spot orders
Bangladesh received spot orders of various products worth Tk 48.09 crore as the first-ever Single Country Bangladesh Trade Show in Sri Lanka concluded Monday.
 arrow STS Holdings signs issue management deal with IDLC
STS Holdings Limited has signed an issue management agreement with Industrial Development Leasing Company (IDLC) of Bangladesh Limited for its forthcoming initial public offering (IPO) to fund the Apollo
 arrow Emirates carries measles vaccine for Bangladeshi children
Emirates, one of the fastest growing international airlines in the world, recently carried a shipment of measles vaccine from Bombay to Dhaka for Bangladeshi children.
 arrow Oil prices fall
World oil prices fell on Tuesday following an offer by Saudi Arabia to supply the market with extra crude owing to global supply concerns, analysts said.
 arrow Airbus mulls A320 assembly line in China
Airbus said Tuesday it was close to a decision on whether to build an assembly line for its medium-range A320 jets in China.
 arrow Global economic growth fails to dent unemployment: ILO
The number of people out of work worldwide climbed to new heights in 2005, as economic growth failed to offset a rise in the total seeking jobs, the International Labour Organisation said Tuesday.
 arrow Thailand sets rice export targets
The Thai Ministry of Commerce has set an export target of 7.5 million tons of rice this year, up 200,000 tons from that of last year, Foreign Trade Department Director-General Rachane Potjanasuntorn said.
 arrow MBA Club's 3rd interactive business meet Sunday
MBA Club Ltd in Bangladesh as part of its new project -- sharing of knowledge by current business and community leaders with young professionals -- will hold its third session at 7pm on Sunday on club
 arrow Malaysia launches billion dollar debt plan
Malaysia's Bank Pembangunan Tuesday launched the largest ever debt securities programme in the country worth about seven billion ringgit (1.87 billion dollars).
Sportsarrow Cricket: 2nd Test heading for draw
The second cricket Test between Pakistan and India moved towards a tame draw on Tuesday as the bat continued to dominate the ball on a heartbreaking pitch for bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas win a thriller
South Africa clawed their way to a tense nine-run victory over Sri Lanka on Tuesday to keep their hopes alive in the triangular limited-overs series, although they may have paid a heavy price.
 arrow Cricket: India deny Champs Trophy withdrawal
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday denied withdrawing from future editions of the Champions Trophy but said it would discuss its concerns about the tournament with the ICC.
 arrow Tennis: Double blow for Davenport
Top seed Lindsay Davenport lost her number one ranking after being knocked out of the Australian Open quarterfinals on Tuesday by Justine Henin-Hardenne.
 arrow Cricket: Edgar John Barlow ... retired hurt
It took me a while to reconcile to the fact that when I am next in the United Kingdom, I will not be hearing Eddie's cheerful voice at the other end of the phone line.
 arrow Cricket: U-19s beat UAE again
Bangladesh under-19 cricket team made full use of their practice match ahead of the World Cup when they handed the visiting United Arab Emirates a 95-run defeat in their second day-night match at theShaheed
 arrow Cricket: Young Tigers get sponsor
Consistent success in the recent past has earned the Bangladesh under-19 cricket team a sponsor for the first time in the country.
 arrow Cricket: ACC wants to hold Asia Cup in September
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has asked the region's four Test-playing countries to advise it of their availability for the Asia Cup which is now provisionally scheduled for September.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Jatrabari Krira Chakra managed an exciting two-run victory against Surjo Tarun Club in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Chess: National women's chess from Jan 30
The first round of the 27th national women chess championship will start on January 30 at the federation hall room.
 arrow Chess: Five lead jr chess
Five players were leading the table at the end of the fourth round of the BASIC Bank 27th National Junior (under-20) Chess Championship at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Indira brighten their chances
Indira Road Krira Chakra registered a 30-run victory over Orient Sporting Club in the first relegation match of the Aktel Premier Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Super Eagles off the mark
Nigeria defeated arch-rivals Ghana 1-0 thanks to a late Taye Taiwo goal in the opening match of Group D of the African Nations Cup here Monday.
 arrow Football: Eriksson to go after WC
Guus Hiddink emerged Tuesday as the favourite to replace Sven Goran Eriksson as England coach following the announcement that the Swede will step down after the World Cup in Germany in June and July.
 arrow Football: Desailly denies doping claim
Former Marseille midfielder Marcel Desailly on Tuesday strongly refuted accusations of doping before their 1993 European Cup final victory, revealed by a former player.
 arrow Football: Henry Barca's next season?
Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has reached a verbal agreement with Barcelona to join the Spanish champions next season, Catalonian newspaper Sport reported on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: No Scholes this season
Manchester United's season took another turn for the worse on Tuesday when the club revealed that Paul Scholes is unlikely to play again this season because of a mystery eye problem.
 arrow Football: Five-star Juve
Serie A leaders Juventus have picked up five of the top awards at the annual Italian football "Oscars", which are based on the votes of their fellow footballers.
 arrow Cricket: Indian, Pakistani captains warned
India captain Rahul Dravid and Pakistan's stand-in captain Younis Khan on Monday were summoned by Ranjan Madugalle, the match referee, over the verbal volleys exchanged by the players on the third day
 arrow Football: Tangail storm into JFA Cup semifinals
Four-goal Syed Rafique helped Tangail thrash Kurigram 6-0 to reach the semifinals of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt appoints 2 more ECs to resolve crisis: Moudud
The government has appointed two more election commissioners with a view to resolving the crisis over the Election Commission (EC), said Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Spirit of Liberation War helps women achieve empowerment
The country has achieved independence after a nine-month war in 1971, but it took a long time to recognise women's contribution to the liberation war, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow Niko wants talks with govt to end disputes over compensation
Niko Resources (Bangladesh) Ltd. has expressed keen interest to hold talks with the government to resolve the disputes over the compensation and bank guarantee for the blowouts at Tengratila gas field.
 arrow Oust govt to hold trial of Kibria killing: Jalil
The BNP-led four-party alliance government would not hold the trial of the murder of Shah AMS Kibria, former Awami League (AL) leader and finance minister, during its tenure, said the speakers at adiscussion
 arrow Global campaign to ensure healthcare for all emphasised
Doctors of Bangladesh and the UK yesterday stressed the need for accelerating the global campaign to ensure healthcare services for all.
 arrow Desco inks agreement with 2 US cos
Desco signed a multilateral partnership agreement with two US based utility companies aiming to improve its client service and performance through exchange of information and experience.
 arrow Two killed as minibus hits autorickshaw in city
Two people were killed and three others injured when a minibus hit an autorickshaw in which they were travelling at Bijoy Sarani in the city yesterday.
 arrow C' nawabganj killings condemned
Different political parties and organisations yesterday condemned the killing of seven people in police firing in Chapainawabganj and demanded immediate punishment to those responsible for the killing.
 arrow Six killed in road accidents
At least six people were killed and several others injured in separate road accidents in Chittagong, Comilla, Bogra and Pirojpur yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal discusses situation with Hasina
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday discussed country's overall situation and the programmes of combined opposition parties with Awami League President Sheikh Hasina in a meeting at herSudhasadan
 arrow Mass killing day observed in Chittagong
Different organisations here yesterday demanded immediate arrest and punishment to the culprits to mark the 18th anniversary of Chittagong Mass Killing.
 arrow 11 women journalists awarded
A total of 11 women journalists were awarded for their contribution to journalism at a reception yesterday.
 arrow Expat Bangladeshi donates city land, 5-storied building to Ahsania Mission
Syed Kamal Uddin Haider, a Bangladeshi Pharmaceutical Chemist living in the United Kingdom, has donated a five-storied building along with 2.
 arrow Brac wins CGAP Financial Transparency Award 2005
Brac has been declared the winner of the prestigious Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) Financial Transparency Award 2005, says a press release.
 arrow Seat plan for Kha unit
Admission test for Kha unit of Dhaka University will be held at 10:00am on Friday, says a press release. This year a total of 16306 candidates will sit for the test.
 arrow BARACA workshop
With a view to making a common treatment process, which will bring a positive attitude on drug addiction and rehabilitation, Bangladesh Rehabilitation and Association Centre of Addicts (BARACA) organised
Nationalarrow JMB planned a 'major' bomb attack in Gaibandha
Arrested JMB 'regional commander' and suicide squad member Reaz confessed to police yesterday that the Isamist militant outfit had a plan for a 'major' bomb attack in Gaibandha.
 arrow 10 doctors against 33 posts, 5 available
Treatment of patients is being greatly hampered at Patuakhali General Hospital due to shortage of doctors and other facilities.
 arrow BDR proposes joint drive with BSF in Sundarbans
Law enforcers are yet to recover the arms and ammunition looted by pirates from Haldibunia forest department camp in the Sundarbans on the night of December 16.
 arrow PM opens BGFCL head office in B'baria today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the newly constructed head office of Bangladesh Gas Field Company Limited (BGFCL) in Brahmanbaria today. BGFCL is an organisation of Petrobangla.
 arrow 'Mastermind' Jamaat leader dropped from case in Satkhira
Police have filed a case under the Speedy Trial Act accusing a man who was engaged to hurl bombs at the Prime Minister's public meeting scheduled for January 8 at Kalaroa, dropping the name of a Jamaat-e-Islami
 arrow Court accepts supplementary charge sheet
The Barisal Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal yesterday accepted the supplementary charge sheet filed earlier in the Jhalakathi judges' murder case.
Point-Counterpointarrow Election Commission's credibility at stake
Some recent developments in the Bangladesh Election Commission specially regarding the registration of voters and non-compliance of the High Court's directives in this respect have eroded the credibility
 arrow Muslims and America
I once praised a client in a property purchase on his large down-payment.
 arrow Political rivalry: People the ultimate loser
The bitter rivalry, between the two major political parties of Bangladesh, has brought about much evil effects for the whole society.
 arrow Who is 'containing' whom?
In the competition for global energy resources, India is being repeatedly outsmarted by China.
Culturearrow Of symbols and moving messages
Anwar Jamal a filmmaker and jury member from India, in his brief parley with The Daily Star at the Dhaka Club, said," Coming from New Delhi, my entry Swaraj or The Little Republic, had been included
 arrow "Sometimes I am over suspicious"
-- Dr Enamul Haque

Dr Enamul Haque is a noted theatre activist in the country. He is an actor-director-playwright.
Internationalarrow Nepal's talks offer fails to dampen protests
Nepali riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters in the capital for a fourth consecutive day yesterday, firing tear gas, using water cannon and employing baton charges to beat back hundreds of
 arrow Pak PM warns against arms race in Asia
Surrounded by giants India and China and amid concerns over neighbouring Iran's nuclear ambitions, Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has warned against an arms race in the region.
 arrow Lanka asks Norway to arrange early talks
Sri Lanka's president yesterday asked peace broker Norway to arrange early talks with Tamil Tiger rebels and help stem the latest wave of violence that has killed at least 151 people, officials said.
 arrow India, Saudi Arabia to boost defence ties
Terrorism, bilateral trade, energy and defence cooperation will top talks agenda of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud in India.
 arrow Factions pledge calm for Palestinian vote
The main armed factions pledged yesterday to ensure the second Palestinian general election passes off peacefully as security forces prepared to take up positions around polling stations.
 arrow Montenegro train crash kills 45
The death toll in Montenegro from its worst rail accidents ever climbed to 45 yesterday, with nearly 200 people injured, after the train crashed into a rocky ravine in the mountainous Balkan state, officials
 arrow Saddam trial postponed until Sunday
The high-profile trial of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity, which was to resume yesterday after a month's delay, was again postponed until Sunday.
 arrow US exported torture via Europe
A European investigator said yesterday there was convincing evidence that Washington sent detainees to third countries to be tortured but no "irrefutable evidence" of the existence of secret CIA prisons
 arrow 3 Iraqis, 7 GIs killed in Iraq
Seven US soldiers were killed on Monday in attacks while gunmen wearing uniforms of a Shia-led security force swept into a Sunni Arab neighbourhood in central Baghdad before dawn Monday, killing three
Editorialarrow Editorial: Death in police firing
It is not only regrettable but also reprehensible that seven people were killed in police firing on a crowd that was expressing their grievances against rural electrification service in a certain area.
 arrow Editorial: ACC's consultative meetings welcome
The embattled Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) may have given itself a sense of self-esteem after taking a brunt of public criticism for being a non-starter, painfully long enough.
 arrow Does our foreign policy meet the challenges of the time?
Foreign policy is never static. It has to adjust with the changing situation of domestic and external factors.
 arrow Who's really lifting the economy ?
While the NGOs gets all the attention in the international development field in Dhaka, there is a group of people who are more reliable than the politicians who make the right noises and the businesses
 arrow The appalling state of the office of the CEC
I have been closely following the unfolding of events at the office of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). The more I probe into it the more agitated I become.
Letters to Editorarrow Inclement winter
We are Bangladeshi and we know that Bangladesh is a developing country. But most of the people are poverty stricken. Some are also helpless and landless.
 arrow Time to rethink about hartal
I was going to my office this morning which was a so called 'hartal day'. I was fortunate enough to hire a taxi at some doubled rent than usual (!).
 arrow Human trafficking in Bangladesh
Human trafficking is a 'social evil' that seems to be growing at an alarming rate throughout the world.
 arrow Iran, the next target?
The US is again playing a drum for another war with Iran; so called 'Axis of Evil'. Before starting Iraq invasion the US-UK allies made an excuse of Iraq having a lot of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
 arrow Freedom of journalists
How could a journalist write without fear of favour when in Bangladesh so many reporters, and all kinds of journalists have been victims of violence; their bones broken, their blood spilled, and their
 arrow Rab operations
People welcomed Rab . But their record is not satisfactory. So many people have been killed in crossfire. We have heard that some innocent civilians were also killed.
 arrow The F-21 analysis
I am really impressed with Shahriar Robin's analysis of Leepu's unparalleled ingenuity to create the F-21. He had almost no resources whatsoever.
 arrow Choosing a university
After finishing HSC/ A level, students of our country face a problem of choosing university. There are two type of universities in Bangladesh. They are public and private university.
 arrow Why we talk so much?
I was returning home from abroad, the big aircraft was filled with passengers, except a few Bangla speaking people, all were from different countries.
 arrow Attractive figures
The bell is tolling in the data processing temple at the specialists' level.
 arrow Development of Chittagong
Chittagong is the commercial capital of Bangladesh. Our export and import trade depends on the port of Chittagong. It's also the darling child of nature.
 arrow The bitter truth
S. A.
 arrow Free call
I, as a student, and user of free call, think that it is better to talk with girlfriends or with friends than going to bars or taking drugs.
 arrow Failed society
BRTC's recent decision to bar mobile phone service providers from offering 'no charge periods' is not short of total immaturity.
Star Chittagongarrow Filling of ponds, waterbodies continues unabated
Filling of the ponds and other waterbodies in Chittagong city and adjoining areas goes on unabated, causing environmental degradation.
 arrow A noble gesture
When Roksana, Al-Amin and Priya Dutta were born their parents were the happiest ones like others.
Star Cityarrow A danger to public health
Medical organisations like hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres are constantly polluting the environment and endangering public health with a wide range of medical waste.
 arrow Law against welding on streets ignored
Welding has been a common practice in the roadside workshops and under-construction buildings in the city despite the fact that existing laws restrict such activities in the public places and residential
 arrow Swindling the innocent
A good number of fake savings and credit organisations in the city are cheating thousands of poor and unlettered people with the assurance of high interest against their deposits.
 arrow Where misnamed species mislead visitors
If you are visiting Dhaka Zoo to acquaint yourself with wildlife, be warned. For, in many cases the zoo authorities themselves are confused, unaware or may be they simply don't care about wildlife.
 arrow No sign of donor's nod yet
Uncertainty hovers over the Maghbazar-Mouchak flyover project, as the potential financier -- Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) has not yet given a go-ahead signal.
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