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Front Pagearrow Yunus spells out nation's rosy future
Global personality Prof Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the nation to elect honest and strong leadership through a free and fair election next year to steer the nation to the next big leap forward.
 arrow Thousands ready to enter Dhaka defying massive crackdown
Defying an all-out government crackdown on marchers, tens of thousands of opposition activists from across the country yesterday merged around the capital that saw over 5,000 people arrested off the streets.
 arrow Same technique, different excuses
The government is applying the same tool of blanket arrest, which it used twice in 2004, this time to block the opposition long march towards Dhaka.
 arrow A star-studded night to remember
The Daily Star, the country's most-read English daily, yesterday celebrated 15 years of its publication--"journalism without fear or favour"--with its readers, patrons and well-wishers showering the Star
 arrow Regional cooperation a must among civil societies, media
Regional cooperation among civil societies and mass media must be enhanced to resolve various problems in the South and Southeast Asian countries, top regional journalists, columnists, industrialists,
 arrow IMF okays $97m tranches
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has approved the fifth instalment of the Poverty Reduction Growth Facility (PRGF) and Trade Integration Mechanism (TIM) loan totalling $97.
 arrow People's plights in arrest politics
A young and helpless housewife, Shilpi Akhter was sobbing alone at Ramna Police Station around half past midnight yesterday as she failed to release her husband detained under the ongoing blanket arrest.
 arrow Celebration in frame

 arrow RU comes to halt amid strike for just probe into killing
Police yesterday arrested a suspect in the murder of Rajshahi University (RU) teacher Taher Ahmed as the teachers and students observed a strike demanding proper investigation into the killing and security
 arrow Govt suffering from 'people-phobia'
As part of all-out measurers to foil the 14-party opposition alliance's long march towards the capital tomorrow, "people-phobia affected" BNP-Jamaat alliance government is arresting and torturing theopposition
 arrow World Cancer Day observed...

 arrow Ctg port stalemate ends as agents call off strike
Chittagong Port averted another deadlock as Bangladesh Shipping Agents Association (BSAA) yesterday called off the strike that was to take effect tonight following negotiations with authorities and other
 arrow Trafficked teenage girls return after a year
Two teenage girls, trafficked around a year ago, returned home yesterday after their stay at a shelter home of Stop Trafficking and Oppression of children and women (Stop) in New Delhi.
 arrow 1,000 feared lost on doomed Egypt ferry
Rescue teams scoured the Red Sea for survivors yesterday after an Egyptian ferry sank, leaving more than 1,000 people dead or missing in one of the worst maritime tragedies in years, as the rescued spoke
 arrow Govt vows to thwart bid to create 'unrest'
The government has announced that it would resist any attempt of creating law and order situation to protect public interest and property.
 arrow 15 years of 'The Daily Star' celebrated...

 arrow Iran, Pakistan to develop project if deal with India fails
Iran has said it would develop the gas pipeline with Pakistan alone if it fails to reach an accord with India over the deal, a news report said.
 arrow BDR foils bid to push in 12 Indians
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel have foiled an attempt of Indian Border Security Force (BSF) to push 12 Bangla-speaking Indian citizens into Bangladesh territory through Bangabari border in Chapainawabganj,
 arrow Philippines stadium stampede kills 73
At least 73 people were killed and 392 others injured in the Philippine capital Saturday when thousands stampeded for stadium seats to a taping of a popular television game show, officials said.
 arrow Trades thru' Hili land port remain snapped for 6th day
Hili land port at Dinajpur entered into sixth day of its closure yesterday as exporters, importers, clearing and forwarding agents (C&F) enforced an indefinite strike from January 30 protesting a newrule
 arrow Kushtia BNP leader hurt in blasts
At least five powerful bombs went off at two places of Sadar upazila on Friday night, leaving a local BNP leader critically injured.
 arrow 25 injured as activists of Jubo Dal, Jubo League clash
At least 25 people were injured in a clash between the Jubo Dal and Jubo League activists at Bandhghat in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow UN nuke body refers Iran issue to SC
The UN nuclear watchdog voted yesterday to send Iran to the UN Security Council over concerns that Tehran is developing atomic weapons, a diplomat said.
 arrow Annan urges calm in cartoon row
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has called for calm in a row over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (SM) that has seen protests erupt across the Muslim world.
Businessarrow Foreign aid dips 63pc in five months
Bangladesh's foreign aid dipped 63 percent in the first five months of the current fiscal year over the corresponding period of the last fiscal year due to slow implementation of project aid.
 arrow Bangladesh can use seaports to boost trade with Asean
Former president of Philippines Fidel Valdez Ramos, who is visiting Dhaka, yesterday said Bangladesh can negotiate with Asean nations to boost its economy.
 arrow Regulatory body needed for microcredit activities
Microcredit pioneer Muhammad Yunus yesterday urged the government to enact a law and form a regulatory body to give the microcredit activities a formal shape.
 arrow KSA becomes China's largest oil provider
Saudi Arabia has become China's largest crude oil provider, largest trade partner and second largest export market in the regions of west Asia and Africa, Chinese Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai said here
 arrow S'pore plans to set up economic zone in India
Singapore is considering setting up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in India to help in augmenting FDI from the city state as the two countries on Wednesday agreed to work towards an Asian Economic Community,
 arrow China economy likely to slow slightly in '06
China's economic growth is likely to slow slightly as investment and exports lower their current breakneck speed, state media reported Friday.
 arrow 3-day auto show from March 16
A three-day automobile exhibition styled 'Dhaka International Auto Show 2006' will begin at Bangladesh-China Friendship Centre on March 16.
 arrow Tourist arrivals to Nepal up by 14.6pc in Jan
Tourist arrivals to Nepal went up by 14.6 percent in January this year as compared to the same period last year.
The growth in tourist arrivals was supplemented by an increase of 31.

 arrow S Korea, US to launch free trade talks
The United States and South Korea agreed Thursday to launch talks for a major bilateral free trade agreement, which President George W. Bush said would expand America's engagement in Asia.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Standstill over standing committees
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Saturday named Mahmudur Rahman as its new chief executive officer.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh take on Kiwis
For the first time, Bangladesh are being considered as one of the favourites in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup which kicks off in Sri Lanka today.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova shocked
Swiss comeback queen Martina Hingis proved she was back to her best form by beating defending champion Maria Sharapova on Saturday for a final berth in the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Murali in the clear again
Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan revealed Saturday that he had undergone a new battery of scientific tests to prove to Australian crowds once and for all that he does not "chuck".
 arrow Cricket: 'We do not need extra motivation'
India captain Rahul Dravid has said that experiments during the one-day series against Pakistan will depend on strategy and indicated that key players will play in their usual positions.
 arrow Cricket: Tours itinerary of 2006 home series released
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed yesterday that north-Bengal town Bogra will host its first international matches during Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh in February-March.
 arrow Cricket: Aslam destroys Mohammedan
A devastating six-wicket haul by Aslam Khan helped bottom-table Brothers Union trounce Mohammedan Sporting Club by nine wickets on the concluding day of the Aktel Premier Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'Tigers' camp starts today
After a grueling domestic season, the Tigers will resume national duty when the training camp for two Tests and three one-dayers against Sri Lanka begins today at the indoor facilities in Mirpur.
 arrow Football: Egypt cruise into semis
A double from Ahmed Hasan inspired hosts Egypt to a 4-1 victory over Democratic Republic of Congo here on Friday and a place in the semifinals of the African Nations Cup where they will meet 2002 finalists
 arrow Football: Money the menace to African football
Depending on one's tastes money may either be the root of all evil or make the world go round -- for African footballers it is fortunate if they ever see it and is a blight that threatens to restricttheir
 arrow Cricket: McGrath may return for today's SA clash
Veteran paceman Glenn McGrath may return to the Australian team for Sunday's triangular series clash with South Africa, despite his wife suffering a recurrence of cancer.
 arrow Football: Arsenal's Sol missing
Troubled England defender Sol Campbell has gone missing after storming out of Arsenal's Highbury stadium when he was substituted on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim cricketers refuse deals
Zimbabwe cricketers have turned down fresh offers of new contracts by the sport's ruling body here in the latest twist to the chaos wracking the country's cricket set-up.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo set for return
Ronaldo was to play his first match for almost a month when Real Madrid hosted Espanyol in the Spanish league on Saturday.
The Brazil striker, who suffered a recurrence of a right calf injury onJan.

 arrow Cricket: SL coming here sans big guns?
Sri Lanka are poised to appoint a new captain and rest key senior players for their forthcoming tour of Bangladesh which follows the ongoing triangular VB Series in Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Momentum with Pakistan ahead of one-dayers
India and Pakistan went into the series on equal terms, but the hosts have got their nose clearly ahead at the end of three Tests.
 arrow Football: No movie on me: Mourinho
Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho said Friday his life story is not worth immortalising on the big screen as film executives are reportedly planning to do.
 arrow Football: Cascarino repeats Marseille doping accusations
Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino on Saturday repeated accusations that he and Marseille teammates regularly received injections with unknown substances during his time at the French club
 arrow Karate meets held in city
The 11th All-Bangladesh Milk Vita Dragon Karate Championship and the First Bangladesh-Nepal Karate Championship concluded in Dhaka last week.
Metropolitanarrow Child mortality rate reduced to 2m
The 8th Congress of Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN) begins in the city today to exchange views on the latest inventions and researches on diarrhoeal diseases
 arrow 10 killed, 50 injured in road crashes
At least 10 people were killed and over 50 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Cox's Bazar and Chapainawabganj on Friday.
 arrow Guardians protest cancellation of folk dance result
Parents of a contestant of 'Notun Kuri 2005', a national television competition for child artistes, yesterday protested the cancellation of the final result of the folk dance of Group-B.
 arrow Reduction in phone call charges demanded
Advancement in the country's telecom sector is yet to create any impact on the 'call charges', the leaders of Citizen Rights Movement said urging the government to bring down call charges of T&T landphone
 arrow Resolve all issues thru' discussions
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in a statement yesterday urged the opposition to discard confrontational programmes and come up to resolve all issues through discussions in or outside parliament.
 arrow Leaders of stranded Pakistanis call on Hasina
Two separate delegations of stranded Pakistanis called on Awami League president and opposition leader Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi office in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Removal of 'controversial' Election Commissioners demanded
Leaders of Sylhet Division Development Action Council at a meeting yesterday demanded reform of the EC and removal of 'controversial' election commissioners in order to ensure free and fair election.
 arrow Husband throws acid on wife for dowry
A young housewife suffered severe burn injuries as her husband allegedly threw acid on her in Beparipara area of the town on Wednesday.
 arrow Family accuses Keraniganj OC of delaying in filing case
Family members of slain Keraniganj Jubo League leader Anwar Hossain yesterday accused the acting officer-in-charge (OC) of Keraniganj Police Station of dillydallying in registering a case against thekillers.
 arrow Muggers stab businessman to death
Muggers stabbed a businessman to death and looted cash and ornaments from his wife at Demra in the city on Friday night.
 arrow 10 Satkhira college teachers hurt as miscreants attack them
The principal and at least 9 teachers and 50 students of Haji Nasiruddin Degree College in Kolaroa upazila were injured yesterday as unknown miscreants attacked them.
 arrow Ferry service disrupted due to fog
Daulatdia-Paturia ferry service remained suspended for five hours due to dense fog yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 cops closed
Two policemen of the special branch have been closed to the District Police Lines on charges of extortion.
 arrow 2 robbers held with looted iron rods in Narayanganj
Patrol police caught two robbers while they were fleeing with looted iron- rods worth Tk one lakh here Wednesday night.
 arrow Two bodies recovered in Keraniganj
Two unidentified bodies, including a woman, were recovered by police here on Thursday night.
Police recovered the body of a woman, aged about 35, at Doleswar Trawler ghat at 10:00pm.

 arrow CPC team arrives tomorrow
A six-member delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) arrives in Dhaka tomorrow on a four-day goodwill visit at the invitation of the ruling BNP.
 arrow Interviews under Kha unit begins Feb 11
The interview for admission in Dhaka University (DU) under Kha unit for 2005-2006 sessions will begin on February 11 at the Arts Faculty Dean office ground floor of Arts building according to the merit
 arrow 6th Convocation of AIUB today
The 6th Convocation of American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) will be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre today, says a press release.
 arrow Poor nations need billions to fight climate change
A top British environmentalist said on Friday the developing world needed to spend at least $40 billion more every year to fight climate change.
 arrow Poor struggle in shadows of India's richest city
When authorities cleared the way for a multi-billion-dollar facelift of India's richest city last year, Mohammed Allahjan lost his home and then a daughter.
 arrow Pigeons to monitor air pollution
A flock of pigeons fitted with mobile phone backpacks is to be used to monitor air pollution, New Scientist magazine reported on Wednesday.
Nationalarrow 3 lakh suffer for man-made floods in dry season
There are vast sheets of water all around instead of winter crops. Even homesteads and compounds of many schools and mosques are still inundated by stagnant water.
 arrow Outlaws regrouping in Jhenidah
MAGURA: The Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) is regrouping in remote villages in Jhenidah district.
 arrow Trishal Ahmadiyyas demand security
Leaders of panic-gripped Ahmadiyya Muslim community at a press conference at here Friday evening demanded security of their life and property in the face of threat by International Khatme Nabuat Movement,
 arrow Importers evade huge tax often by using false declaration
The government is being deprived of huge revenue as a large number of importers evade tax while bringing goods from three neighbouring countries through Burimari Land Port.
 arrow 'Black flag' rally held in Mymensingh
Protesting planned construction of Tepai Mukh dam in Monipur in India, the local unit of Ongikar Bangladesh (OB), held a rally in front of Mymensingh Press Club yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The struggle within
Women's struggles cannot be compressed into a monolithic, homogenous movement, because our lives are caught within a complex mosaic of religious, ethnic, caste hierarchies and class interests.
 arrow The case for neutrality of PSC
It was reported in the media last week that Mr. Abdus Shahid and Mr.
Culturearrow Ekushey Book Fair picking up
Like every year Amor Ekushey Book Fair '06 began on February 1. On the third day in the afternoon, the queues went all the way to Doyel Chattar and TSC (Teachers Students Centre).
 arrow Theatre troupes from outside Dhaka perform six plays
The main attraction of the third day of the week-long street theatre festival was the participation of theatre troupes from outside Dhaka.
 arrow Kasturi : The up and coming danseuse
The attractive Bharatnatyam, folk and modern dancer Kasturi Mukherjee is entirely committed to her medium.
 arrow Bhober Hat-e Lavlu-Masum duo's new venture
On the heels of the successful TV serial Ronger Manush, playwright Masum Reza and director Salahuddin Lavlu are making another serial, Bhober Hat-e.
Internationalarrow Fierce fighting kills 36 in Afghanistan
Fighting raged across southern Afghanistan yesterday with attacks on government offices and a police convoy killing a district chief and 14 others raising the death toll from two days of battles to 36,
 arrow Lanka shows might as Tigers protest
Sri Lanka put on a bristling display of its military might to mark freedom day Saturday as Tamil rebels forced a work stoppage ahead of key talks to save a tenuous truce in the strife-torn island.
 arrow Nepal braces for strike after Maoist attacks
Nepal braced yesterday for a week-long general strike called by Maoist rebels, a day after the guerrillas attacked a town near the border with India.
 arrow Palestinian govt must uphold roadmap: UN
The UN Security Council on Friday said all members of a future Palestinian government must be committed to a negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 arrow US unveils strategy for 'long war' on terror
The US Defence Department on Friday unveiled a new strategy to beef up US special operations forces for a "long war" on terrorism and develop new ways to combat weapons of mass destruction.
 arrow Angry relatives of ferry passengers storm Egypt port
Hundreds of relatives of passengers from an Egyptian ferry that sank in the Red Sea broke through police cordons and stormed Safaga port Saturday amid mounting discontent over the lack of informationon
 arrow Indian airport workers to continue strike
Indian airport workers vowed yesterday to continue their anti-privatisation strike which has created havoc in the nation's airports, ignoring an appeal by the prime minister to end the walkout.
 arrow West divided on free speech over cartoons
Muslim faithful vented their anger in mosques around the world on Friday over European cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed(SM), as divisions opened up between Western countries over the limits to free
 arrow US lawmakers seek intelligence report on North Korean nukes
US legislators asked President George W. Bush to declassify an intelligence report on North Korea's nuclear weapons so that Congress can hold a full debate on policy towards the Stalinist state.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A teacher dying like this!
Only a year ago, Rajshahi University witnessed the murder of a teacher Dr Md. Younus; and now it's Prof. Abu Taher, felled by a premeditated lethal stroke.
 arrow Editorial: Shoaling river routes
Poor navigability of our rivers is increasingly becoming problematic. How much so, can be gauged by the fact that only 1,000km of waterways out of a total span of 6,000km is now fully navigable.
 arrow Expected inflation and BB monetary policy
Before persistent inflationary pressure gets unleashed, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) in its first-ever Monetary Policy Stance (MPS) set a goal to wither private sector credit growth by 3.3 percent, from 17.
 arrow Palestinian elections and Hamas
The stunning victory of Hamas in the Palestinian parliamentary elections has introduced a new dynamic into the Palestinian crisis.
Letters to Editorarrow Enemies of Islam?
This letter is in response to the letters of Mr. Sabu and Mr. Mamun published on the 1st of February.
 arrow Gyanendra takeover
Apropos the editorial "A year after Gyanendra takeover" (February 2).
 arrow Biman flying low
There was a news item in the papers regarding passengers of a New York bound Biman flight being stranded in Brussels. The interior of all planes of Biman gives a very gloomy and dirty look .
 arrow Mobile phone
Mobile phone is arguably the most useful thing in this world, without which no one can get along. But I as a user see no way out but to protest against all the free talk-time plans at midnight.
 arrow Bangla film & our culture
Where is our Bangla film going? It is getting worse day by day. For a long time the films are being made on themes that are vulgar, to say the least.
 arrow Karachi Test
Imran Khan , one of the greatest all rounders in the history of cricket , rightly said that bowlers win Test matches, while batsmen are the key factor in one-day cricket.
Star Healtharrow Change in lifestyle has tremendous role to reduce low back pain
Low back pain is estimated as the leading cause of chronic disability in the community. More than three quarters of the world's population experience back pain at some time in their lives.
 arrow Corneal abrasion (scratch)
The most common types of eye injury involve the cornea the clear, protective "window" at the front of the eye.
 arrow Vitamin-rich diet cuts risk of vision malady
A vitamin-rich diet lowers the risk of contracting macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among the elderly in developed countries, researchers said.
 arrow Proper medical waste disposal
Biological and medical waste are important hazards for the environment and they cause the spread of some dreadful diseases.
 arrow Facts about Buerger's disease
Buerger's disease is a disease characterised by a combination of acute inflammation and clotting of the arteries and veins in the hands and feet.
Star Cityarrow Illegal rickshaws invade city streets
Powerful syndicates of rickshaw and van "owners and workers" associations backed by political parties and a section of corrupt Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) employees are bringing in thousands of illegal
 arrow Children get professional care free of cost
Three-year-old Rony was sitting in the waiting room with his parents. He is almost blind and can reacts to only a crash or thud.
 arrow Construction put on ice since 2003
The construction of the International Mother Language Institute has been suspended since October 2003 as the authorities are yet to take steps to restart the work.
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