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Front Pagearrow Curb terror finance, militancy to skirt US sanctions
The US yesterday asked Bangladesh to take several steps including curbing militancy and terror financing so that it does not face sanctions under the US Terrorist Financing Act.
 arrow Project plunges into deep crisis for mine builder's inefficiency
The Tk 1,275-crore Madhyapara hard rock mining project is in a deep crisis as it can neither start production nor overcome its manifold technical problems caused due to incompetence of the project's North
 arrow Mastermind remains unknown
The mastermind behind the assassination of veteran Awami League leader and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria remains untraced even after one year into the grisly grenade attack that also killedfour
 arrow Alis face alienation
Election commissioners M Munsef Ali and AK Mohammad Ali are being sidelined in the Election Commission (EC) for their staunch opposition to preparing a fresh voter list unilaterally decided by the chief
 arrow SAMS Kibria's first death anniversary today
The nation today pays tribute to former finance minister and Awami League lawmaker Shah AMS Kibria, who was assassinated in a grisly grenade attack in his hometown in Habiganj on this day last year.
 arrow Fuel dearer in dists as dealers create artificial crisis
Fuelled by rumour of price hike, the filling stations in most districts yesterday stopped selling diesel, kerosene and petrol that may seriously affect boro cultivation.
 arrow Bangladesh model for Muslim world to fight AIDS
Bangladesh can be a role model for other Muslim nations in involving religious leaders for creating awareness on taboos like HIV and AIDS, Dr Nafis Sadik, special adviser to the UN secretary general,said.
 arrow Equipment dearth makes claim over maritime boundary difficult
Meeting the provisions in the United Nation's (UN) maritime charter to establish the country's claim over maritime boundary faces difficulties for lack of equipment and coordination between the ministries
 arrow Protesters snap road link with land port
Angry protesters in Kansat yesterday broke a culvert snapping road communication with Sonamasjid land port as they continued agitation against the police action against the rural power subscribers demanding
 arrow Bush hopes polls to be held on time
US President George W Bush hopes that the next general elections in Bangladesh will be held on schedule with participation of all the way it was held in the past, terming Bangladesh a vibrant democracy.
 arrow Biswa Ijtema begins today
The three-day Biswa Ijtema begins today at Tongi with more than two million devotees from across the country and abroad thronging on the bank of the Turag river to attend the grand congregation of
 arrow 378 officials promoted to DS rank
The prime minister last night approved the promotion of 378 senior assistant secretaries (AS) to the rank of deputy secretary (DS).
 arrow 'Sick' CEC off-limits to media
The Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) authorities yesterday imposed a restriction on the media, preventing journalists from entering the hospital's cabin block where the chief
 arrow Mobile phone operators get 2-month deadline
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has asked the mobile phone operators to complete the registration of personal details of the existing subscribers within two months.
 arrow HC rejects bail prayer of Galib
The High Court (HC) yesterday rejected three bail petitions filed by Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah-al Galib in arms and explosives cases.
 arrow Hamas posts shock win in Palestinian polls
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas was to ask Hamas to form a new government yesterday after its stunning election victory plunged the stalled Middle East peace process into fresh turmoil.
 arrow China backs Russian compromise plan
China yesterday backed a plan to have Iran's uranium enriched in Russia, as the Islamic republic's top security envoy met with Chinese officials in Beijing for talks on his nation's nuclear programme.
 arrow Boucher to replace Rocca
Richard A Boucher will soon replace Christina B Rocca, currently visiting Bangladesh, as the US assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs while the White House has nominated Patricia A Butenis
 arrow Handover of Ctg airport to Thai Airways postponed for 3 months
The management of Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport is not being handed over to Thai Airways on February 2 as scheduled in an agreement with the Bangladesh government.
 arrow Udichi blast case hearing postponed
The hearing date of the Udichi bomb blast case was postponed till February 8 following petition from the lawyers of the defendants yesterday.
 arrow Govt petition not heard as it was not on cause-list
A Dhaka court yesterday fixed March 20 for the hearing on the government petition to withdraw the bomb blast case filed against ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu.
 arrow Two killed in road crashes
One person was killed and 50 were injured in a road accident in Ashulia, while two groups of transport workers clashed and vandalised several buses in Gabtoli yesterday as a driver was killed in another
 arrow Judges' body to draw up agitation plan now Feb 12
The Bangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA) has shifted its scheduled extended meeting from January 29 to February 12 for discussion to press home their 11-point demand.
 arrow Interpol issues red notices for Benazir, Zardari
Interpol has issued international notices following a request by Pakistan for the arrest of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and her husband on corruption charges, officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow BB mulls global standard guideline for banks by '07
Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed yesterday urged bankers to take adequate preparations for adopting a global standard guideline as the BB is likely to introduce it by 2007 for the country's banking
 arrow GP reaches 6m subscribers
GrameenPhone, the country's largest telecommunications service provider, has reached yet another milestone as it crossed 6 million subscribers' base.
 arrow 'Strategic planning key to boosting business'
International business consultancy firm MTI Consulting's global chief executive officer has stressed the need for effective strategic planning to boost business.
 arrow SEC okays purchase of 1m shares of Apex Weaving by HK firm
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the purchase of one million shares of Apex Weaving by Dynamic World Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong-based company, within the next 30 working days through
 arrow 2nd int'l motor show in April
The 2nd Bangladesh International Motor Show organised by Bangladesh Automobiles Distributors Association (Bada) will be held on April 24-27 at the Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani picks 2 rookies
Coach Diego Cruciani has picked two new faces for the national camp for Bangladesh's coming Asian Cup qualifier against Uzbekistan.
 arrow Tennis: It's Amelie vs Justine
Two more different players couldn't be lining up for the Australian Open women's final than Amelie Mauresmo and Justine Henin-Hardenne.
 arrow Tennis: Cypriot wonder for final
Young Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis capped an extraordinary Australian Open by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a stirring five-set fightback victory over Argentina's David Nalbandian Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Off-colour Aussie win
Sri Lanka's hopes of replacing Australia at the head of the triangular series table were scuttled Thursday but only after off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan gave the hosts a few heart flutters at the Adelaide
 arrow Cricket: Heated on field, cool off it: Inzy
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has said that the relationship between his players and the touring Indians remained cordial despite the war of words in the drawn second Test here.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee's busy return in A team victory
Mashrafee Bin Mortuza made a decent return to competitive cricket after a five-month lay-off due to injury when the national paceman took two wickets and made a 15-ball 11 in Bangladesh A's rousing 114-run
 arrow Cricket: Agrani stay alive, Orient go down
Half centuries by Jamal Faisal and Nazmus Sadat kept Agrani Bank alive in the race to keep their Premiership at the cost of Orient Sporting Club yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: BKSP tennis
Henry Prithul Mondol of Bangladesh and Hung of Taipei reached the boys' doubles final of the BKSP International Junior Tennis Tournament defeating Korean pair Chol and Jeong 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals
 arrow Cricket: Four-member Aussie team due Jan 30
A four-member team from Cricket Australia and Australia Cricket Association will arrive in Dhaka on January 30 as a pre-tour visit for Australia cricket team's tour of Bangladesh.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova doesn't like it
Russian starlet Maria Sharapova lashed out at the media Thursday for focusing too much on her grunting and what she is wearing and not enough on her tennis.
 arrow Football: Eto'o oversees Togo exit
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, who will be watching the World Cup on television in June, struck his fourth African Nations Cup goal in two games on Wednesday to eliminate Germany-bound Togo.
 arrow Football: Back to the drawing board for Africa's WC minnows
World Cup finalists Angola and Togo are going back to the drawing board after poor performances at the African Nations Cup finals.
 arrow Football: MU, Milan and Madrid win
Several of Europe's big clubs were involved in domestic Cup ties on Wednesday night.
 arrow Football: Tangail in semifinals
Tangail moved into the semifinal of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament after defeating Narayanganj 2-0 in the last match of the final round in Group-B at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mexico beats Norway in friendly
Luis Perez struck late on to give Mexico a 2-1 win over Norway in an international friendly on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Arsenal out to keep Henry
Arsenal have made a lucrative offer to star striker Thierry Henry in their bid to hold on to the Frenchman, chairman Peter Hill-Wood has said.
 arrow Boxing: Junior boxing from today
The 3-day Apan-Jewelers 18th National Junior Boxing Champion-ship will begin at the Mohammad Ali Boxing Stadium today.
 arrow Table Tennis: BTTF polls postponed
The Election Commission on Thursday postponed the next polls of Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation (BTTF) for an indefinite period.
Metropolitanarrow Collective, coordinated efforts a must to fight HIV/AIDS
Describing HIV/AIDS as a global development crisis, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to come up with collective and coordinated efforts at local, national, regional and international levels
 arrow Get united for free, fair polls
The business leaders yesterday called on the political parties to get united in order to hold the national election in a free and fair manner.
 arrow Set up one English medium school in each dist: Khaleda
The Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday asked the Education Minister to take initiatives to gradually set up one English medium school in each district, which will have a common curriculum, including
 arrow Vow to wage united agitation
Leaders of 14-party opposition combine of Chittagong Division yesterday vowed to launch united and tougher agitation to oust the BNP-Jamaat-led coalition government from power.
 arrow No election under present CEC
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday reiterated that the 14-party opposition combine would not allow any election to be held under the present chief election commissioner (CEC).
 arrow Independent recruitment body if AL voted to power
Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday said if her party is voted to power in the next election, they would form an independent recruitment commission for teachers, formulate a new policy to raise
 arrow 5m children affected by rickets
Due to calcium deficiency, around five million children are affected by rickets which results in physical deformities specially in legs, said the speakers at a conference yesterday.
 arrow 6 killed in road accidents
At least six people were killed and 35 others were injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Chittagong and Bhairab yesterday.
 arrow Call to resist imperialism
Criticising the visit of Christina Rocca, assistant secretary for South Asian Affairs of US State Department, the speakers at a seminar yesterday called for stronger agitation to resist imperialism around
 arrow Huda-led BJAF holds special meeting
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda-led Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (BJAF) held a special meeting on the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) premises to strengthen its organisational activities.
 arrow Foreign interference in nat'l polls won’t be allowed: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has said foreign interference in the national polls will not be allowed.
 arrow Hartal observed at Ullapara
A half-day hartal was observed peacefully at Ullapara in Sirajganj yesterday in protest against the killing of Awami League leader Saiful Islam.
 arrow RU okays process of recruiting 50 teachers
The Rajshahi University (RU) authorities at a meeting last night decided to okay the process of recruiting 50 teachers for 29 departments amid serious protest by 546 'controversial' employees.
 arrow Salma Sobhan fellows complete training
The first batch of 32 Salma Sobhan Fellows has successfully completed a one-year fellowship programme in journalism, a joint initiative undertaken by the Brac and Pratichi Trust.
Culturearrow Bauls songs
Baul songs have attracted widespread attention for their mystic approach to humanism as well as their marvelous tunes.
 arrow Of shattered bliss...
Based on the first work of fiction by noted author Humayun Ahmed, Nondito Norok-e, directed by Belal Ahmed opens on the big screen today.
 arrow Tune to Sisimpur this Friday
Sisimpur is a Bangla adaptation of the popular children's television programme called Sesame Street.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Frequent shuffling in top bureaucracy
It has become a regular feature for the administration to shuffle around key civil servants through inter-ministerial and departmental transfers and postings galore.
 arrow Editorial: Taxing foreign charity initiative?
The ordeal faced by an American charity group in the clearance and delivery of some medical equipment brought in by a team of surgeons for their use in collaboration with the Department of Reconstructive
 arrow 'None of the above'
Both the incumbent four-party alliance and the main fourteen-party opposition are now more or less in full pre-election mode.
 arrow The dog and pony show
Last week, our country was in the grip of what could be described as referred pain.
 arrow Nepal scenario: Crises deepening
Nepal, facing the twin crises of political unrest and Maoist insurgency, cearly suffers a setback.
Letters to Editorarrow Don't call him 'Bangla Bhai'
I know it might be a little late to make the request, but I am tired of hearing you calling him 'Bangla Bhai' who is one of the most wanted terrorists in our country.
 arrow Political bluffing
Both AL and BNP are bluffing the millions of voters. AL's PR (public relations) philosophy is a mystery to the students of PR; and BNP is banking on opportunism.
 arrow Reading newspaper
There is no denying that in this age of science and marvelous technological development, the newspaper, one of the best gifts of modern civilisation, plays a vital role in making the common people living
 arrow Necessity of religious education
Bangladesh, our beloved country, is facing the militancy problem. The JMB suicide bombers have been brainwashed and made to understand that launching such attacks is part of their religious duty.
 arrow Steps to prevent the stampede
We are shocked and feeling very sad by the news of the pilgrims being killed in building collapse and stampede in Mecca.
 arrow Masjide-Taqwah
Masjide-Taqwah, situated on the outskirts of Dhanmondi Lake, is a beautiful mosque, built artistically.
 arrow Tipaimukh Dam
Thank you for publishing Mr. Altaf Ahmed Choudhury's letter of January 16 captioned "Tipaimukh Dam". Mr. Altaf braved to pen the miseries the proposed Tipaimukh Dam will pose for Bangladesh.
 arrow Paternity leave
For giving financial support to family many housewives are working.
 arrow Discrimination against minorities
The religious minorities in Bangladesh are the most silent minorities in the Indian subcontinent.
 arrow Satanic acts
A group destroyed the pride symbol of the superpower in a misguided act.
 arrow Insurgency
There are insurgencies all over the world and Bangladesh is no exception. The political parties are blaming each other for insurgency.
 arrow Civilised brutes?
We, humans, have made tremendous progress in the field of science & life is more sophisticated than it once was.
 arrow Why this discrimination?
Why a nun can be covered from head to toe and she's respected for devoting herself to God, but when a Muslim woman does that, she's considered 'oppressed'?
Why a Jew can grow a beard and he's just

 arrow No newspaper!
The newspaper arrived after three days of no newspapers with an announcement on the inconvenience to its readers for not publishing pages like Star Literature, Star Tech and Law & Our Rights.
 arrow "Pure food"
The "Star City" issue of 16-Jan runs an alarming head-line: "Mobile court drive set to end"- so, is this supposed to mean that our need for pure food is over? The drives against adulterated and sub-standard
In Memoriamarrow Shah A.M.S. Kibria: A son's tribute
Although it has been a year since the assassination of my father Shah AMS Kibria, MP, in a grenade attack in his constituency in northeastern Bangladesh, it is still difficult for me to fully come togrips
 arrow Letter from New York
Dear Mrs. Kibria,
It is with great sadness that we remember your late husband and our dear former colleague at the United Nations, Shah AMS Kibria, almost a year after his untimely and tragic assassination on 27 January 2005.

 arrow Why has justice not been served?
There are two questions that the nation deserves answers to.
 arrow Unforgettable Kibria
I knew about Mr. Shah AMS Kibria long before I met him face to face and came to know him personally. In course of time he and I came fairly close to each other.
 arrow A great son of the soil
In paying a warm hearted tribute to a great patriot and in writing about a successful finance minister, the first thing that comes to mind about Late Shah Abu Mohammed Shamsul Kibria (Shah AMS Kibria)
 arrow To all our friends and well-wishers
This past year has been an exceedingly difficult one for our family.
 arrow Unforgettable Kibria
I know about Mr. Shah AMS Kibria long before I met him face to face and came to know him personally. In course of time he and I come fairly close to each other.
Urbanarrow Advance knowledge of an 'impending' disaster
Earthquakes can shake the earth, cause harbour wave (Tsunami in Japanese), kill and maim people, level cities and towns, render inhabitants homeless, set off fire, destroy service lines, and above all,
 arrow Seismicity and seismic design


Worldarrow South Asia: Blasts, strike mark Indian Republic Day
Maoist rebels ushered in India's Republic Day yesterday with a series of attacks across the east of the country which killed two people, but the rest of the nation marked the occasion peacefully.
 arrow South Asia: Grasp the moment
President Pervez Musharraf called yesterday on India to join Pakistan in working out a mould-breaking solution to their Kashmir dispute that could lead to self-governance and make the Line of Control"irrelevant.
 arrow South Asia: US, UN hail Lankan peace breakthrough
The United States and United Nations welcomed an agreement by the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tiger rebels to resume peace talks and urged them to take immediate action to prevent violence.
 arrow South Asia: Empty streets in Nepal as strike bites
Baton-wielding riot police guarded key government buildings and patrolled deserted streets across Nepal, as a nationwide strike began yesterday against municipal elections and King Gyanendra.
 arrow South Asia: Veteran Pak politician Wali Khan no more
Veteran Pakistani politician and nationalist ethnic Pashtun leader Abdul Wali Khan, who had close ties with Moscow and New Delhi, died yesterday, his party said. He was 89.
 arrow Israel in shock over Hamas victory
Israel was in shock yesterday over the likely Palestinian electoral victory of radical Islamist group Hamas, which has killed hundreds of Israelis and advocates the destruction of the Jewish state.
 arrow Palestinian vote fair
Former US president Jimmy Carter, heading a team of international election observers, said yesterday that the Palestinian vote had been conducted fairly and without violence.
 arrow Saddam wants to sue Bush, Blair: Lawyer
Saddam Hussein's chief lawyer said Thursday that the deposed Iraqi president wants President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair tried on allegations of committing war crimes.
 arrow US forces set free 400 Iraqis
More than 400 detainees being held in Iraqi and US-run prisons, including five women, were released yesterday in a move which could help free abducted US reporter Jill Carroll.
 arrow Millions wasted in Iraq rebuilding
Millions of dollars of US money intended for the reconstruction of Iraq were wasted and mismanaged by the US-run government in Iraq between 2003 and 2004, a military watchdog said in a new report.
 
   
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