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Front Pagearrow Govt denies fuel crisis, price hike plan
Amid rumour of a potential fuel price hike leading to hoarding of fuels by unscrupulous traders, especially in the northern districts, the government yesterday denied any shortage of fuel in the country
 arrow Govt seeks waiver of a few conditions
Bangladesh has requested the IMF to waive a few conditions for the fifth tranche of its Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) loan.
 arrow Workers to gather at 4 points before entering Dhaka
Grassroots leaders and activists of the Awami League-led 14-party opposition coalition will start their 'long march' towards Dhaka from all corners of the country on February 2 which is supposed to culminate
 arrow Akheri Munajat today
Akheri Munajat of the three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims, will be offered after Zohr prayers today, seeking divine blessings for peace, progress and prosperity of the Muslim
 arrow 55 vessels remain stuck for 15 days in Jamuna
Fifty-five vessels including 10 laden with rice and seven carrying fuel remain stranded in the Jamuna at Shahjadpur in Pabna for about 15 days due to poor navigability.
 arrow Mass promotions lead to record OSDs
Large-scale promotions of government officials have resulted in a record number of officials getting OSD (officers on special duty) status.
 arrow US, EU come up with identical views
Taking a cue from the political ground reality, the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) emerged with almost identical views on Bangladesh's upcoming parliamentary election, terming it crucial
 arrow Rocca leaves
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina Rocca left Dhaka yesterday morning for Washington, ending her three-day visit.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a rejoinder said the headline and the references made in The Daily Star report "Curb terror finance, militancy to skirt US sanctions -- Rocca tells Dhaka" to so-called
 arrow Students assault principal, demand his ouster for graft
A group of students yesterday assaulted the principal of the Siddheswari University College and vandalised the windowpanes of his office, demanding his removal for alleged corruption.
 arrow BNP men lie on Noman's way to stop him from Jamaat rally
Leaders and activists of Satkania upazila BNP yesterday laid in vain a siege to the Chittagong Circuit House to stop Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah-Al Noman from attending a rally of ruling
 arrow Foreign diplomats for better living conditions
Expressing concern over the poor living conditions of Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar and lack of facilities for secondary level education of their children, a delegation of foreign diplomats and UNHCR
 arrow We've report on PMO staff's link with murder
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday demanded a special team of the United Nations investigate the killing of former finance minister SAMS Kibria.
 arrow Shibganj OC closed
The officer-in-charge (OC) of Shibganj Police Station was stand-released yesterday over Kansat police firing that left seven people killed on January 23.
 arrow Gas supply in Ctg snapped for 11 hours
Gas supply in nearly half of the port city, including Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ), remained stopped for 11 hours due to technical glitch in distribution system since early yesterday.
 arrow BSF pushes in 14 children
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) early yesterday pushed 14 Bangla speaking children into Bangladesh through Shalkona border near Benapole land port while a child smuggling attempt was foiled inBagharpara
 arrow No Palestinian state if violence continues
Russia and Israel agree there can be no prospect of a Palestinian state unless the radical Islamic Hamas movement renounces violence, the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement yesterday.
 arrow 2 children die, 23 houses gutted in Ctg
Two brothers were burnt to death while at least 23 houses were gutted and a bus was damaged in two separate incidents of fire at Badurtala and Dampara in the city on Friday night and early yesterday.
 arrow Campaign to sell a stingray...

 arrow Shibir men cut tendons of Jubo Dal leader
Tendons of hands and legs of a Jubo Dal leader were severed allegedly by Shibir activists on Friday.
 arrow New US envoy Patricia Butenis joins next month
Patricia A Butenis, who has been nominated to be the next US Ambassador to Bangladesh, is expected to join her post here next month after her hearing before the United States Senate Committee on Foreign
 arrow Australian Open goes to Mauresmo
French third seed Amelie Mauresmo won the Australian Open women's final on Saturday after her eighth seeded opponent Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium retired.
 arrow Lumberjacks chop down trees...

 arrow Saarc foreign secys to meet in Dhaka on April 10-12
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation's (Saarc) Standing Committee, comprised of foreign secretaries of member states, is expected to meet in Dhaka on April 10-12 to prepare plans and programmes
 arrow 13 die in Nepal as violence flares up
Eleven Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow Nepals monarchy and two soldiers have been killed in a battle in the eastern part of the Himalayan kingdom, the army said yesterday.
 arrow Family disinherits Bangla Bhai aide
The top local aide to Bangla Bhai at Baghmara, Mahtab Khamaru, was disinherited from his family yesterday.
 arrow New video shows four hostages in Iraq
The captors of four Western peace activists in Iraq said US-led forces had one last chance to free Iraqi prisoners or they would kill the hostages, Al Jazeera television said yesterday.
Businessarrow BB asks RMG units to up labour productivity
The central bank has made recommendations including measures to enhance labour productivity and adoption of cost-effective technologies in the country's apparel units to face growing challenges from Indian
 arrow Large-scale ICT use to help eradicate poverty
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said large-scale adoption of information and communication technology (ICT) will help the country eliminate poverty and ensure good governance.
 arrow Corporate houses need strong PR wings
As lack of access to information hampers proper news coverage, speakers at a workshop in Dhaka yesterday called for setting up of strong public relations wings in corporate houses.
 arrow India to announce airports sell-off 'in days': Report
India's government will "in a matter of days" award contracts to private companies to run and modernise the country's biggest two airports, Mumbai and Delhi, Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said
 arrow S'pore targets record 9.4m visitors in 2006
Singapore has set a target of 9.4 million visitors and 12 billion Singapore dollars (7.4 billion US) in tourism receipts for 2006, officials said.
 arrow Key WTO nations set detailed timeline on global trade talks
WTO chief Pascal Lamy and ministers from 19 nations agreed on a detailed timeline Saturday to smooth progress over global trade talks, which one participant said was entering its "end game".
 arrow After four years, Enron's Lay, Skilling to face jury
Four years after the dramatic demise of Enron Corp, former chiefs Ken Lay and Jeffrey Skilling will enter a federal courtroom in Houston on Monday to face charges linking them to one of the biggest business
 arrow Etihad Airways likely to launch flights to Dhaka
Etihad Airways, the UAE's national flag carrier, is likely to launch flights to Dhaka later this year.
 arrow Emirates to start services in Hamburg
In advance of the launch of its services to the German city of Hamburg on March 1, Emirates recently introduced itself to the city with a series of media and travel trade briefings.
 arrow Japan must open markets more for foreign firms: US
Japan needs more work on opening up its domestic markets for foreign firms, US Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt said on Saturday.
 arrow Thai PM behind 'dodgy deal' with S'pore firm?
Emerging evidence suggests Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra condoned a questionable deal preceding his family's Bt73.3-billion (US$1.
 arrow Pakistan eyes enhanced textile trade with China
Pakistan sees wide prospects to enhance its trade with China in textile sector, under the Early Harvest Programme (EHP) that came into effect this month.
 arrow Microsoft reports record Q2 revenue
US software colossus Microsoft had record revenue of 11.84 billion dollars (US) for the financial quarter that ended December 31, 2005, the company reported on Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: BCB EC puts everything behind to start anew
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) came out of a marathon executive committee meeting on Saturday burying the hatchet that put everything to a standstill for the last few months and with a promise tostart
 arrow Cricket: Rahim exudes confidence
Bangladesh youth team captain Mushfiqur Rahim said they are ready for the final challenge when the ICC Under-19 World Cup starts in Sri Lanka in February.
 arrow Cricket: All focus on the pitch
India and Pakistan face off in the third and final cricket Test here from Sunday confident of breaking the series deadlock on a wicket that promises a result.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo's moment comes
Amelie Mauresmo bought a special bottle of wine a few years ago in anticipation of her first Grand Slam title.
 arrow Tennis: Favourite up against the not-so-favourite
Top-ranked Roger Federer will be on one side of the net, a 20-year-old from Cyprus will be on the other in Sunday's Australian Open final.
 arrow Cricket: BCB announces list of probables
Enigmatic Alok Kapali was recalled to the national fold when Bangla-desh Cricket Board (BCB) anno-unced a 20-member preliminary squad for the home series against Sri Lanka next month.
 arrow Football: All matches likely to be held in Bangladesh
Following political instability in Nepal, there is a possibility that two group matches of the AFC Challenge Cup be shifted to Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Partex Sporting Club defeated Young Pegasus by six wickets in the First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dhaka in JFA Cup final
Dhaka moved into the final of the JFA Cup Under-16 Football Tournament with a 3-0 victory over Satkhira in the first semifinal at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Super Eagles flying high
Two-time African Nations Cup winners Nigeria moved closer to the last eight on Friday after beating Zimbabwe 2-0 in their Group D clash.
 arrow Football: Becks wants focus on WC
England captain David Beckham wants the nation to forget the controversy surrounding coach Sven-Goran Eriksson leaving and concentrate on the team winning the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Makaay sends Bayern clear
The six-week winter break failed to knock Bayern Munich out of their stride as they got back into the groove with a 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday to move nine points clear at the Bundesliga
 arrow Cricket: Stop Jayasuriya: Hussey
Australia will tailor their game plan to try and stifle the flair of Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya when the two teams clash in their make-or-break triangular series limited-overs clash in Perth
 arrow Golf: Square Cup golf held
Maj Md Atiq Mahmud clinched the men's title while Medeau Pascle won the women's crown in the Square Cup Golf Tournament at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Friday.
 arrow Football: 19 join Cruciani camp
A total of 19 booters reported to the national coach Andres Cruciani for the camp beginning Monday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC, BCCI to talk Champs Trophy
International Cricket Council (ICC) officials were to meet members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday to sort out differences over venues and contracts for this year's Champions
 arrow Football: Drogba dropped for Egypt clash
Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba was sensationally dropped to the bench for their final African Nations Cup Group A match against hosts Egypt on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Fowler back at Liverpool
Robbie Fowler made a shock return to his first love Liverpool on Friday and admitted he never dreamt he would be handed the chance to play again for his hometown club.
 arrow Cricket: Captains call for calm
The captains of Pakistan and India have called for the third and final Test starting on Sunday to be contested in a sporting manner while playing down reported sledging incidents in the drawn Lahore and
 arrow Football: Bryan twins lift doubles title
Top seeds Mike and Bob Bryan of the US came from a set down to beat Czech Republic's Martin Damm and India's Leander Paes 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the Australian Open men's doubles final on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Broaden access to education at affordable cost
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called for broadening access to education and knowledge at an affordable cost along with the commitment to excellence, suiting needs of a country trying to graduateinto
 arrow Fresh combing operation launched
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police have launched a joint combing operation in Khulna city and district following an information that the operatives of different underground parties
 arrow 4 including 2 schoolboys killed in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 25 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Munshiganj, and Barisal.
 arrow BNP does not believe in politicisation
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government believes in uniform development of all parts of the country.
 arrow Temporary staffs run NTRCA
The Non-Government Teachers' Registration and Certification Authority (NTRCA) is yet to be fully operational due to lack of adequate manpower and infrastructural facilities.
 arrow Dowry-free mass marriage at Ijtema
A total of 119 couples got married without dowry at the Biswa Ijtema yesterday following the tradition of marriage of Hazrat Ali (R) and Hazrat Fatema (R), an instance meant for strengthening campaigns
 arrow Man beaten to death by stepbrother in Sirajganj
A man was beaten to death by his stepbrother over a land dispute at Harinathpur village in Kazipur upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Women with type 1 diabetes have low bone density
Bone mineral density (BMD) in pre-menopausal women with type1 diabetes, also referred to as juvenile, diabetes, is 3 percent to 8 percent lower than in women without diabetes, investigators at the University
 arrow One beaten to death
Students beat an alleged mugger to death on the Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus on Friday night.
 arrow JU convocation on Feb 2
The third convocation of Jahangirnagar University (JU) is going to be held on the campus on February 2 amid much enthusiasm and festivity.
 arrow Three writers receive Prothom Alo Best Book awards
Prof Jatin Sarker, Dr Syed Manzoorul Islam and Haider Akbar Khan Rono received the 'Prothom Alo Best Book of the Year 1411' award yesterday.
 arrow Hasina slates charge sheet against Dohar party men
Denouncing the submission of charge sheet in a "false" case against her party leaders and workers, especially business tycoon Salman F Rahman, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday termed itas
 arrow Lutfunnesa laid to rest, qulkhwani tomorrow
Lutfunnesa, mother of Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, was laid to rest at the Azimpur Graveyard yesterday after a namaz-e-janaza at Lalmatia New Colony Staff Quarters Jame Mosque.
 arrow Hasina shocked at death of Lutfunnesa
Leader of the opposition in parliament Sheikh Hasina expressed deep condolence at the death of Lutfunnesa, mother of the daily Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman.
 arrow 'Bring Kibria killers to book'
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University at a rally yesterday demanded fair investigation and speedy trial of the killers of Kibria.
 arrow Attack on Keraniganj Swechchhasebak League leader
Convenor of Awami League Keraniganj Upazila Unit Nasrul Hamid Dipu yesterday condemned the attack on local Awami Swechchhasebak League leader by the cadres of Jubo Dal and JCD, youth and student fronts
 arrow Worker falls down from five-story building, dies
A construction worker died after he fell down from a five-story building yesterday as he was chased allegedly by a Chinese Embassy official in the city.
 arrow BPRA election on Feb 28
The 10th biennial conference, general meeting and election of Bangladesh Public Relations Association (BPRA) will be held on February 28.
 arrow Eye camp held at Santhia
Dr Zainul Abedin Sheba Sangstha organised an eye camp at Shelonda High School in Santhia, Pabna, recently with the slogan 'Take care of eye, keep valuable eye safe', says a press release.
 arrow First prize winner Cha-0251719
Lucky winner of a flat or Tk 25 lakh in the Bangladesh Cancer Society lottery is the one who holds the ticket bearing Cha-0251719.
 arrow Appeal for help
Afroza Akter, a primary schoolteacher at Raipura, Narsingdi, has been suffering from blood cancer, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Two JMB cadres held in Bagerhat
Two Jama'atul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) cadres were arrested at Sharulia village in Mollahat upazila of Bagerhat district on Friday.
 arrow Netrakona blast victims yet to get compensation
Neither the victims of December 8 JMB bomb blast here got compensation nor any official visited them.
 arrow Poaching of nine Sundarbans deer sparks protest
A two-member committee has been formed to probe into allegation that OC Enamul Huq of Paikgachha thana of Khulna district was involved in entering the Sundarbans on January 22 without permission of the
 arrow No full-fledged BNP body in Kishoreganj for over 11 years
Intra-party feud in Kishoreganj BNP has deprived the ruling party supporters of a full-fledged district committee for over 11 years.
 arrow Main accused arrested
Police on Friday arrested three notorious criminals, including the main accused in Pangsha Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mizanur Rahman Murder Case, from Kolimohor village in Pangsha upazila.
 arrow 'Punish killers of Kibria’
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of Rajshahi University unit yesterday held a rally on the central library premises and demanded trial of the killers of Kibria and all other political activists.
 arrow Bus accident kills 2 in Bakerganj
Two persons were killed and 25 injured when a Kuakata bound bus fell into a roadside ditch on Friday night in Dadurhut area under Bakerganj upazila of Barisal district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Plight of the Ahmadiyyas
No one can truly belong to any religious faith that is engaged in burning and plundering the places of worship of other fellow human beings and threatening to kill them.
 arrow The Nepalese imbroglio
The primarily militaristic policy followed by the Royal administration in Nepal to combat the Maoist insurgency does not appear to have succeeded in removing the Maoist threat to the monarchy.
 arrow The Bangalore virus
If you manage to get surprised by HD Deve Gowda, then you have not been in touch with his astrologer. On the scale of political mistakes, that is the full twelve inches of the ruler.
 arrow Muslim Charities in the US
How are Muslim charities in the US doing nearly four and half years after 9/11? If you recall, in the wake of that traumatic event, the Bush administration moved to crack down on several U.S.
Culturearrow The language of joy
There's an artist in every child. Given the right environment many children can put their vivid imagination, sense of wonder and love of colours to good use.
 arrow Alik Babu: Natyajan's latest production premiered
Many of us are acquainted with the 17th century French comedy structure, influenced by 'Comedia del Arte', which satires the fashionable elite.
 arrow Nashid Kamal's four decades in music
To mark seasoned Nazrul and folk artiste Nashid Kamal's 40 years in music, cultural organisation Amra Shurjomukhi held a commemorative event at the National Museum on January 27.
 arrow Andhokarer Aloy Tumi on Valentine's Day
As part of the Valentine's Day special programme, ntv will air a TV play Andhokarer Aloy Tumi by Sumanta Aslam. The story revolves around a lovelorn duo, Titi and Antu.
 arrow Why This Film Is Not Yet Rated
Kirby Dick has rated the movie-ratings board and come to a blunt conclusion: This panel is not suitable for any audiences.
Internationalarrow Sanctions on Iran 'a real possibility'
US President George W. Bush said Friday that sanctions against Iran were "certainly a real possibility" if Tehran does not do enough to ease fears that it is trying to develop nuclear weapons.
 arrow India, KSA to fight terror together
King Abdullah on Friday wrapped up the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch to India in half a century as the two countries agreed to actively cooperate to fight terrorism and develop a strategic partnership
 arrow Fatah-Hamas tension mounts after clashes
Tensions mounted yesterday between the mainstream Fatah movement and Hamas following a night of protests and armed clashes in the wake of the radical Islamist faction's landslide election victory.
 arrow Nepal govt gathers polls candidates in 'safe houses’
Nepal's royalist government has gathered dozens of candidates for next month's municipal polls -- the country's first elections in years -- into "safe houses" to protect them from Maoist rebels.
 arrow Indo-US nuke pact may not be ready during Bush trip
The United States indicated Friday that a controversial civilian nuclear agreement with India might not be ready by the time US President George W. Bush makes his first visit to New Delhi in March.
 arrow India backs Russian efforts on Iran crisis
India said on Friday it backed Russia's proposal to resolve Iran's standoff with Western governments, which suspect Tehran of secretly planning to build a nuclear bomb.
 arrow Attack on gas field, rail track in Pakistan
Suspected tribal rebels yesterday fired rockets at a major gas field, blasted a main power line and tried to blow up a rail track in the restive southwestern Pakistani province of Baluchistan, officials
 arrow Tigers accuse Lankan military of bad faith after deal for talks
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday accused government forces of harassing civilians despite this week's breakthrough in their stalled peace process.
Editorialarrow Editorial: High stake in the electoral process
Bangladesh has recently been host to two important visits -- that of a delegation from the EU and of US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca -- and we are heartened to see thatboth
 arrow Editorial: Fuel crisis artificial
The government has not yet announced a fuel price increase, yet its price has already shot up in the northern region.
 arrow Why do politicians lie?
Since a politician never believes what he says," Charles de Gaulle once remarked, "he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.
 arrow Can we say no to Uncle Sam?
Pakistan Prime Minister is in Washington and met with the American President last week. What exactly transpired in the meeting we may never know.
Letters to Editorarrow IMF and revenue administration
Since the liberation of Bangladesh, the role of the IMF in our development efforts cannot be ignored. Recently, the IMF has undertaken proper measures for Reforms In Revenue Administration (RIRA) in Bangladesh.
 arrow A good example
Your reporter's news item and photograph (Jan 25) are something unique and wonderful as examples of managing and motivating people by any industrial enterprise.
 arrow Voter list
I fully agree with M. Shiblee of Mohammadpur (letter published in your column on 26th January, 06). In fact, I don't understand why the AL has made it an issue.
 arrow Stampede tragedy at Mecca
My heart ached at what happened at Mina and I offer my heart-felt sympathy to those bereaved families who have lost their near and dear ones.
 arrow Bangla Bhai
It has been a good eye opener for me after reading two very appropriate letters published in DS regarding calling someone "Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Election Commission
Whatever activities regarding elections take place in the EC that should not only be fair but also transparent so that people can be sure that the Commission is discharging its duties with total objectivity.
 arrow Weekly holiday
Once again I fully endorse the letter (January 28, 2006) of A Husnain from Dhaka regarding one and a half days weekly holiday for Bangladesh.
Star Healtharrow Bird flu: No reason to be panicked
Bird flu is one kind of flu that is known by common people as influenza. It was limited among birds. Specially migratory birds and swan do not suffer from the disease.
 arrow Drug against bird flu is now available in our country
Oseltamivir -- the world famous drug to combat bird flu is now available in our country. Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd has recently launched the drug in Bangladesh in the trade name SK-flu.
 arrow Encouraging your baby to try new foods
There is always a burning question raising from the mother -- "what can be done to encourage the baby to try new foods?" To answer this question, the first order of business is to relax! Introducing new
 arrow Tonsilitis should not be ignored
Tonsillitis refers to the inflammation of tonsils -- the large, fleshy, oval masses of tissue that lie in the wall of the oral cavity on either side of the throat.
 arrow Diabetic people should be more aware of heart diseases
Heart disease often goes hand-in-hand with diabetes. Heart disease is common in people with diabetes.
 arrow How to manage fainting?
Fainting occurs when the blood supply to our brain is momentarily inadequate, causing us to lose consciousness. This loss of consciousness is usually brief.
 arrow A little exercise may prevent arthritis disability
Even a quite modest amount of exercise might be better than none at all when it comes to preventing disability from arthritis, new research suggests.
Star Cityarrow Carjacking rampant in city
Carjacking has become rampant in the city as a well-orgainsed gang can easily make fake documents for stolen cars with the help of a section of unscrupulous officials and staff of Bangladesh Road Transport
 arrow Unprecedented security at Ijtema
Pilgrims gathered at the 41st Biswa Ijtema, by the River Turag at Tongi on the outskirts of the city amidst tight security.
 arrow Dreams come true
Since his childhood, Saddam had a dream of taking photographs of the objects that impress him, but he could never afford it as he is from a poor family.
 arrow Better facilities to be ensured
The Central Public Library of Dhaka, popularly called the Public Library, is a major source of reference for students of public and private universities and university colleges.
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