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Front Pagearrow Only level playing field will give winners legitimacy
The visiting US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca yesterday termed the next elections critical for Bangladesh and called for a 'level playing field' and free, fair polls
 arrow Fuel prices shoot up in N-dists
Fuel prices in northern districts shot up suddenly as the region nearly ran out of its fuel reserves.
 arrow Ijtema begins
Thousands of people came streaming to the bank of river Turag for Biswa Ijtema with delivery of sermons going on in full swing on the first day of the second largest congregation of Muslims yesterday.
 arrow Fire kills 4 of a family at Pallabi
Four members of a family were burnt alive in a fire at a camp of the stranded Pakistanis at Morapara in the capital's Pallabi area early yesterday.
 arrow Too tender to feel the loss
The fate of the two boys became uncertain with the death of their single parent mother who was burnt alive in a fire at the Bihari Camp in the city's Pallabi early yesterday.
 arrow Specialists scant to handle situation
Burn injury patients in the country often do not get timely and proper treatment as there are only 10 burn specialists against a demand for at least 400, said experts at Dhaka Medical College Hospital
 arrow Foreign help alone can't weed out militancy
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said international assistance for combating militancy in the country would not bring any result unless the government makes sincere efforts to resolvethe
 arrow Displaced families afraid of going back to houses
More than 500 people of about 90 families displaced due to the blowouts in Tengratila gas field in Sunamganj last year are still afraid of returning to their houses because of continued spewing of gas
 arrow Potential for more JMB violence considered serious
A US State Department communiqué has said the security situation in Bangladesh is volatile, mentioning that a terrorist bombing campaign and threats to US and Western interests have led to increased security
 arrow Shibganj goes on strike indefinitely
People enforced an indefinite strike at Shibganj upazila from yesterday protesting the killing of eight people in police firing at Kansat and demanding the release of arrested leaders who conducted movement
 arrow Indians should protest Delhi's injustices to neighbours
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the Indian citizens to raise their voice against their government's injustices to neighbouring countries, especially towards Bangladesh.
 arrow Rocca discusses JMB, other issues with Jamaat
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca met Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami at Jamaat central office yesterday and discussed issues of Jama'atul
 arrow Family demands UN probe as Rocca visits residence
Family members of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday demanded UN investigation into the killing when US State Department Assistant Secretary for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca
 arrow People, parties pay tribute to Kibria
The first death anniversary of former finance minister and Awami League (AL) lawmaker SAMS Kibria was observed yesterday.
 arrow A lawmaker's brutality
A ruling BNP lawmaker assaulted a businessman yesterday and a party worker on Thursday for hanging up and distributing calendars containing the picture of a rival candidate for BNP nomination in the coming
 arrow 4 killed, 17 hurt in Gaibandha road crash
Four people died and 17 others were injured in a road accident on the Bogra-Rangpur highway yesterday.
 arrow Arrest warrants against Salman Rahman and six others
A Dhaka court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against industrialist and Deputy Chairman of Beximco Group Salman F Rahman and six others in a case filed with Dohar Police Station.
 arrow Hamas under pressure to pursue peace
Hamas was under mounting pressure to renounce violence Friday after its shock election win as Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas prepared to task the radical group with forming a new government.
 arrow World powers haggle over nuke resolution
Western powers want the UN Security Council to call on Iran to suspend its nuclear fuel work, according to a draft resolution being refined while the United States and its allies pursue diplomatic efforts.
 arrow 13 Myanmar nationals held at Ijtema
Law enforcers yesterday held 13 Myanmar nationals from the Biswa Ijtema ground at Tongi for entering Bangladesh territory without legal papers but released them later.
 arrow Six Bangladeshi smugglers arrested in West Tripura
The Border Security Force (BSF) has arrested six Bangladeshi nationals, including a forest staffer, as they were allegedly trying to smuggle out tree logs from Indian territory into Bangladesh through
 arrow Human sea...

Businessarrow Vegetable export needs freightage cut, testing
High freight cost, lack of testing laboratories and other infrastructural facilities are some of the hindrances that are holding back Bangladesh's potential of becoming a major frozen vegetable exporting
 arrow DCCI decries central bank's credit contraction move
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) decried Bangladesh Bank (BB) initiative to control inflation by way of cutting down credit flow to 3.
 arrow India plans to liberalise textile machinery import
India is planning to liberalise imports of textile machinery and encourage joint ventures for domestic manufacturing to meet shortfall in demand.
 arrow Nokia still leads mobile phone market
Nokia Corporation, the world's largest mobile phone maker, has shipped a record volume of 265.
 arrow 2-day ICT, development fair begins today
D.Net, a development research network, will celebrate its fifth anniversary today through a two-day ‘Development and ICT Fair’ at BRAC Center Inn at Mahakhali in Dhaka.
 arrow Thailand to take part as partner country
Thailand will participate as partner country in the 14th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) scheduled to begin February 15.
 arrow India unveils reform package to attract FDI
India unveiled a slew of big-ticket reforms to attract foreign direct investment with a first step towards partially opening the retail market to investors from abroad.
 arrow Oil prices climb above $67
Tension in leading oil producers Nigeria and Iran pushed prices back above US$67 a barrel on Friday as high stockpiles in the United States failed to calm investor nerves.
 arrow Janata Jute Mills declares 30pc dividend, 100pc bonus share
Janata Jute Mills Ltd has declared a 30 percent dividend and 100 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the fiscal year 2004-05.
 arrow Nepal's trade deficit widens by 51pc
Surge in imports and less than expected performance of major exportable commodities in the international market have widened the Nepal's trade deficit by 51 percent during the first four months of 2005/06
 arrow Five-day week for Malaysian banks
The Malaysian banks will implement a five-day working week from Feb 1 in a bid to encourage electronic banking and give bank employees more time off.
 arrow US urges WTO nations to take risks for trade deal
The United States on Thursday urged its trading partners to take risks and push for a balanced deal in struggling global trade talks, ahead of a meeting of WTO nations in Switzerland.
 arrow New BAIRA office bearers
MAH Selim and Ali Haidar Chowdhury have been elected president and secretary general of the executive committee of the Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (BAIRA) for 2006-08.
 arrow Dhaka Sheraton opens 'Model Room' at Parjatan's training institute
In a bid to help the trainees of tourism industry get better and practical knowledge about a five-star hotel, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel has recently opened a 'Model Room' at the National Hotel and TourismTraining
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Jan 22-Jan 26, 2006
Local FX Market

Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Karachi promises a lot
The focus has shifted from the players to the pitch as India and Pakistan attempt to salvage their Test series after two high-scoring draws that drew widespread criticism.
 arrow Cricket: BD A complete UAE whitewash
Bangladesh A completed the whitewash of United Arab Emirates cricket team with a five-wicket victory in the back-to-back limited-overs game at the Khulna Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer makes it thrice
Roger Federer reached his third consecutive Grand Slam final Friday with an easy win over Nicolas Kiefer at the Australian Open, to set up an intriguing clash with new star Marcos Baghdatis.
 arrow Cricket: Eng to fight fire with fire
Monty Panesar was called up Friday to fill the vacant spin berth for England's forthcoming three-Test tour of India.
 arrow Cricket: Jayasuriya boost for Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya is expected to resume his place in the team for Sunday's vital triangular series clash with Australia in Perth after recovering from a thigh strain.
 arrow Cricket: Much-talked BCB meeting today
Despite confusions over his invitation, Reazuddin Al Mamun was determined to join the much-talked Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) executive committee meeting to be held at a five-star hotel today in the
 arrow Football: Clubs say 'no' to BFF
Bangladesh Football Federation's bid to hold a single-leg Premier Football League this year got a blow when the top clubs opposed the idea.
 arrow Football: Tunisia, Guinea thru'
Classy Tunisia defeated South Africa 2-0 here at the Harras El-Hedod Stadium Thursday to join Guinea in the quarterfinals of the 2006 African Nations Cup.
 arrow Football: Livorno next for rejuvenated Roma
Serie A's most improved side AS Roma host fifth-placed Livorno at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday as the race for Champions League places hots up.
 arrow Football: France pitted against Italy
The draw for Euro 2008 made here on Thursday pitted the continent's traditional powerhouses France up against Italy while England under new management go into unknown territory.
 arrow Football: Real out to prove a point
Real Madrid have 13 points to make up on league leaders Barcelona but the Spanish giants feel confident that they can still snatch the championship from under the noses of their bitter rivals.
 arrow Football: Barca, Juve shocked
Barcelona may be almost invincible in the Primera Liga but the Catalan giants suffered a hiccup in their quest to land this season's Spanish Cup as they lost their quarterfinal first leg at Real Zaragoza
 arrow Cricket: Beginning of the end of Tendulkar?
The Faisalabad Test will go down in the annals of history as another run-feast.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis in mixed doubles final
Martina Hingis continued her impressive comeback Friday by reaching the final of the mixed doubles at the Australian Open.
 arrow Tennis: Sino duo lifts doubles crown
China's Yan Zi and Zheng Jie won the country's first-ever Grand Slam title Friday, grinding down top seeds Lisa Raymond and Samantha Stosur to take the Australian Open women's doubles title.
 arrow Chess: Sagar keeps winning
Minhazuddin Ahmed Sagar continued his winning spree to keep the solo lead in the BASIC Bank 27th National Junior (Under-20) Chess Championship at the end of the seventh round at the federation hall-room
 arrow BSWA awards
Mohammad Rafique and Mohammad Ashraful were awarded sportsman of the year for 2003 and 2004 respectively by Bangladesh Sports Writers Association (BSWA) on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Prithul makes hosts proud
Henry Prithul Mondol kept one prestigious medal for hosts Bangladesh when the BKSP student won the boys' doubles title in the SBSL-BKSP International Junior Tennis Tournament yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Donald changes heart
Former South African paceman Allan Donald has withdrawn his application for the post of England bowling coach and will remain involved with his country's high performance coaching progra-mme.
 arrow Football: JFA Cup first semi today
The first semifinal of the Second JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament between Dhaka and Satkhira will be held today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium. The match will kick off at 4pm.
 arrow Football: Prantik, Kadamtala split points
Prantik Krira Chakra shared points with Kadamtala Sangsad in a 1-1 draw yesterday's Rahman Foundation Second Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur onFriday.
Metropolitanarrow Move to amend Absorption Rules worries BCS teachers
The government is going to amend the existing Absorption Rules 2000 to allow non-cadre teachers of government colleges to enjoy senior rank facilities although they don't have adequate job experience,
 arrow Create massive awareness to combat HIV/AIDS
The Second Sub-regional South Asian Parliamentary Seminar on HIV/AIDS ended in the city yesterday with a call for creating massive public awareness to combat the deadly disease.
 arrow Machine-readable passport to be introduced by August
The government will introduce Machine Readable Passport (MRP) by August to prevent passport forgery and the use of fake passport for illegal migration and trafficking in women and children.
 arrow US embassy officials to sit with Americans on Feb 6
Top officials of the US embassy will sit with the American citizens living in Bangladesh on February 6 to discuss security issues of the past few months here.
 arrow Implement int'l action plan to save migratory birds
Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) has urged the government to immediately implement the international action plan as per the Convention of Migratory Species (CMS) of Wild Animals to save the migratory
 arrow Sylhet Samity gives winter clothes to poor
Sylhet Samity, Uttara, a community association of people from Sylhet living in Uttara in the city, yesterday distributed winter clothes and cash assistance among over 500 poverty-stricken men, women and
 arrow Robbers loot valuables from bus passengers, stab three
Highway robbers looted valuables of the passengers of a bus and stabbed the driver and two others on Dhaka-Aricha highway on Thursday night.
 arrow Fugitive convict arrested
The members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested a fugitive convict, who was sentenced to death in a sensational case of five murders, from near his house at Bagra village in Srinagar upazila on Wednesday.
 arrow Bush resists changing law on domestic spying
President George W.
 arrow Poet Helal Hafiz wins literary award
Poet Helal Hafiz has been selected for Khalequedad Chowdhury Literary Award-1412 for his contribution to Bangla poetry.
 arrow 4 policemen, 3 ansars closed for snatching money in Ctg
Four policemen and three ansars of Chandanaish thana were closed yesterday on charge of snatching Tk 50,000 from homebound day-labourers.
 arrow Prothom Alo editor's mother Lutfunnesa passes away
Lutfunnesa, mother of Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, passed away at Birdem Hospital at 9:30pm yesterday at the age of 82. She had been suffering from old-age complications.
 arrow Jubo Dal emergency meeting Jan 30
An emergency meeting of the central executive committee of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal will be held at its central office here on January 30.
 arrow Jute, textile workers begin fast unto death tomorrow
Jute and textile workers will begin a 'fast unto death' programme at Muktangon in the city at 10:00am tomorrow to press for their 10-point demand.
 arrow Zakaria elected president, Nazmul general secy of ERF
Zakaria Kajol of the daily Inqilab and Nazmul Ahsan of the New Age have been elected president and general secretary of the Economic Reporters' Forum (ERF).
 arrow Ershad leaves for S Arabia today
Former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad will fly to Saudi Arabia today on a seven-day visit.
During his visit, he will undergo medical check-up at the King Faisal Hospital in Riyadh.

 arrow National flag procession protests fanaticism
A national flag procession was brought out by Bikkhubdha Deshbasi (aggrieved countrymen) in the city yesterday to protest fundamentalism, communalism and militancy across the country.
 arrow New JU BCL body formed
A 28-member committee of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was formed at the Jahangirnagar University (JU).
 arrow Benazir rejects corruption charges
Launching her defence against charges levelled against her, Pakistan s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto said on Thursday that there could not be any warrant issued against her as no court in Pakistan
 arrow Davos forum launches multi-billion dollar fight against TB
Britain, Nigeria and US software tycoon Bill Gates unveiled an ambitious 56-billion-dollar plan here Friday to prevent 14 million tuberculosis deaths over the next decade.
 arrow Microbiology deptt opens at JU
Jahangirnagar University has opened microbiology department under the biological science faculty.
With this, the total number of departments in the university stood at 25.

 arrow Justice N K Chakraborty passes away
Justice N K Chakraborty, former law secretary and judge of the High Court, died of cardiac arrest at a clinic in Dhaka on Thursday night at the age of 61.
He is survived by one son and two daughters.

 arrow Sakauddin Khan
Sakauddin Khan alias Sona Mian, a noted soccer player and sports organiser, died of old-age complications at his Chairgram village home here yesterday morning at the age of 87.
Nationalarrow Two JMB 'ehsar'members arrested in Gaibandha
Two more Jama'atul Mujahideen of Bangladesh (JMB) 'ehsar' members were arrested Thursday night by the Bogra unit of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), following a drive conducted near Gaibandha Bus Terminal.
 arrow Plan Int'l changes lifestyle in villages
'Plan International workers have radically changed our lifestyle.
 arrow JMB commander held in Bogra to be quizzed in Nilphamari
Nilphamari police will bring an arrested JMB (Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh) commander to Nilphamari from Sherpur in Bogra for interrogation in connection with the August 17 serial bombings last year.
Point-Counterpointarrow Love in the time of cell phones
Last week, the government launched another mini-salvo in their war against free speech.
 arrow Are YOU getting the message?
The age of blatant commercialization has arrived in full splendour. Or so it seemed to me when I came out of the Zia International Airport.
 arrow Why Goldman Sachs may be right about Bangladesh
Two recent lists show just how wide the gap is between Bangladesh's promise and its performance.
 arrow The long history of violence behind Hizb ut-Tahrir
The bearded and elegantly attired supporters of Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), the fundamentalist Muslim group, like to emphasise the non-violent nature of their party.
Culturearrow An introspective Swapan Chowdhury
Swapan Cowdhury, whose exhibition of watercolour and mixed media titled Introspection, is on at the Bengal Gallery, says, "I came into the field of fine arts on my own volition, but I did get the
 arrow Moving messages in Madur and Maqbool
Madur and Maqbool were both screened at the 9th Internationa Film Festival Dhaka recently.
 arrow Oprah rips author into A Million Little Pieces
Last Thursday author James Frey admitted he lied and embellished events about himself and other characters in his best-selling book about substance abuse and recovery.
Generalarrow Nepal debates whether it needs a king
As violence and protests mount against Nepal's monarchy, the streets of this crowded capital city are resounding with a question: Does this Himalayan kingdom still need a king?
 arrow Fruit, vegetables cut stroke risk: Study
Eating more than the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day can further reduce the odds of suffering a stroke, researchers said yesterday.
 arrow 70 countries to meet in London to renew Afghan support
Afghanistan's international partners gather in London next week to renew their support for the strategic but destitute country as it battles an insurgency, drugs and corruption following 25 years of war.
Internationalarrow Arabs urge Hamas to take peace path
Arab leaders yesterday urged Hamas -- dedicated to destroying Israel -- to talk peace with the Jewish state after the Islamist group redrew the political map with its shock Palestinian election victory.
 arrow India has hard choices on US nuke deal: Rice
India has "difficult choices" to make on a controversial civil nuclear cooperation agreement with the United States before the deal can be completed, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Thursday.
 arrow Opposition denounces 'farcical' Nepal polls
Municipal polls planned by Nepal's King Gyanendra as part of his pledge to restore democracy look set to fail, opposition parties said yesterday after figures showed a lack of candidates.
 arrow Tigers, troops accuse each other of attacks
Sri Lanka's military and Tamil Tiger rebels accused each other of new attacks on Thursday, a day after agreeing to peace talks that international truce monitors warned could be prevented by the violence.
 arrow Muslims plead for better understanding of Islam
With Muslim extremists blamed for fomenting global unrest, leaders from Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan and Pakistan met here to mull the Islamic world's fractious relations with the West.
 arrow Women bear brunt of poverty in Iraq
Umm Ziyad, her husband, two sons and granddaughter were just making ends meet in a one-room hovel in Baghdad when a suicide bomber decided the best way to attack a police station was to drive throughthe
 arrow Indian bus leaves for holy Sikh site in Pakistan
A bus left the Sikh holy city of Amritsar for the Pakistani town of Nankana Sahib yesterday on a trial run for a fourth bus link stemming from a peace drive by the South Asian rivals.
 arrow Nawaz Sharif heading to Britain
Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif was to end five years of exile in Saudi Arabia by travelling to Britain on Sunday, a spokesman said Thursday.
 arrow UN top job contenders face off at Davos
Some of the contenders touted to replace UN chief Kofi Annan set out their stalls Thursday when they faced off at a debate here on the future of the world body.
 arrow US strike violated its sovereignty
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview on Thursday that a US airstrike this month which killed some 18 civilians near the country's border with Afghanistan was a "violation of sovereignty.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Credit squeeze on private sector?
The first-ever mid-year Monetary Policy Statement (MPS) of the Bangladesh Bank has hinted at going for a tighter monetary policy.
 arrow Editorial: Hamas victory
The militant Hamas has pulled off an impressive triumph in the general election following its good showing in the municipal polls earlier on.
 arrow The malaise of militancy, graft and misgovernance
The PRSP meeting in Dhaka last November discussed about corruption, rise of militancy, implementation of procurement law, better coordination in use of aid and governance -- all against the background
 arrow A king-size problem
I wish I could make out our policy on neighbours. At best, it is a reaction to what they do or do not do. We should cultivate them. But there is nothing called generosity when we come to deal with them.
Letters to Editorarrow Our resources
Bangladesh has been blessed with abundant resources. Not only are they natural but they are human resources as well. The whole nation is sitting on treasure chest.
 arrow How can AL win majority seats again?
So many people like Dr. Abdullah Dewan wants to see AL in power again.
 arrow Democratic right but undemocratic behaviour
It is a fundamental right of a democratic nation to be able to stage or bring out demonstrations or speak against government's policies.
 arrow Weekly holidays
The leaders in the regime lack moral guts. It is easy to be popular. It is the art of compromising too much (national interest).
 arrow Management problems
As usual The Daily Star has once again (Dec 26) painted out the weaknesses in some ministries and semi-autonomous public corporations.
StarTecharrow War of the consoles
This will undoubtedly be one of the best years for gamers all over the world.
 arrow Intel creates 'new norms' for mobile work and play
Intel Corporation unveiled the Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, designed in India, for a new generation of laptops on January 10 in Mumbai, says a press release.
 arrow Kingston launches microSD to support new Smartphones
Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
 arrow An earth-like planet

Literaturearrow Family Pride
It was one of London's grey, dank, end-of-summer evenings. The rain had drizzled all day, and weary commuters crammed onto the underground, feeling tired and miserable.
 arrow Successful re-legioning
Over the last 50 years, religions have so successfully re-legioned their hordes across the world along political lines that one is compelled to seriously doubt the validity of what one knows as the 'historical'
 arrow On Naxalites and Nirad babu
Interesting Times in India is an absorbing book by an English missionary who arrived in 1963--on the good ship Caledonia--to teach English literature to "midnight's children" at Delhi'sSt.
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