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Front Pagearrow Gas price issue finally left to policymakers
The six-month long negotiation between Tata and the government on the Indian giant's $2.
 arrow 37.5pc factories lack waste management
At least 37.5 percent of the country's industrial units do not have waste management system and 62.
 arrow New coal policy eyes higher royalty, environment safety
A new coal policy, now undergoing revisions, will seek a flexible higher royalty from mine developers, bond from them for environment protection and make it mandatory for them to set up at least one power
 arrow 2 Britons funded JMB to carry out bomb attacks
Two British citizens in June last gave 10,000 to Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman to carry out bomb attacks in Bangladesh, arrested JMB top guns Ataur Rahman Sunny and Abdul Awal
 arrow Int'l coal firms term the policy 'too restrictive'
International coal companies at a workshop in the city yesterday termed Bangladesh Coal Policy (draft) too restrictive and not sufficiently driven by market forces, which they said would not attract foreign
 arrow Much-hyped militancy dialogue fizzles out
The prime minister's much-talked-about national dialogue on militancy with the political parties and professional bodies has virtually proved eyewash as it has come to a halt without holding talks with
 arrow Mohiuddin played principal role
Dr Mia Muhammad Mohiuddin, a teacher of Rajshahi University (RU) arrested in connection with the murder of Prof S Taher Ahmed, was suspended from his post and taken on a six-day remand yesterday.
 arrow 2 gangs' rivalry leads to Badda murders
Vengeance and rivalry between two gangs over domination in the area led to Tuesday's four near-simultaneous murders at South Badda in the capital.
 arrow Double trouble for the poor victims
The plight of hundreds of relatives of the mass arrest victims continue due to the slow pace of release of the detainees, who have been granted bail, from the Dhaka Central Jail.
 arrow AL will not place proposals thru' bill
The main opposition Awami League (AL) will place the reform proposals for the caretaker government system and the Election Commission (EC) not in the form of a bill but through the speech of the leader
 arrow National Biosafety Framework to be in place by year-end
The National Biosafety Framework (NBF) will be readied by the year-end to kick start applications of genetic modification in crops and livestock in the country without causing any harm to the naturalenvironment.
 arrow A marriage decision meant for nightmare
A poor rickshaw-van driver, Biswanath Roy of Battara in Agailjhara thana in Barisal, married off his eldest daughter 17-year-old Beauty Roy to Binoy Madhu of neighbouring Bahadurpur.
 arrow AL lawmakers blast govt at JS body meet
The main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday blasted the government for harassing the innocent people by 'blanket arrest' and abusing the Speedy Trial Act against the opposition activists.
 arrow Amnesty asks govt to protect Ahmadiyyas
Amnesty International (AI) has urged the government to take immediate action to protect the Ahmadiyya community of Dhanikhola in Trishal upazila under Mymensing district.
 arrow Rab seizes bomb making materials, explosives from city JMB den
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered bombs, explosives and bomb-making chemicals and materials from a den of banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) at Lalbagh in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow PM all set to tour Pakistan
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is scheduled to pay a three-day state visit to Islamabad beginning on February 12.
 arrow No election if govt denies reforms
The leaders of Awami League-led 14-party alliance yesterday said they will not allow any election if the ruling alliance refuses to carry out the opposition-proposed reforms in the caretaker government
 arrow Businessmen lynch Demra extortionist
Businessmen last night lynched an alleged extortionist when he went to collect tolls from a shop at Demra in the capital. The dead was identified as Sumon, 28, of North Jatrabari.
 arrow Hanif suffers heart attack at rally, in critical state
Former Dhaka City Corporation mayor and also the city unit Awami League (AL) President Mohammad Hanif was admitted to Birdem Hospital after suffering a heart attack yesterday afternoon.
 arrow US renews pledge to help fight terrorism
The United States has reiterated its support for Bangladesh in the fight against terrorism. "We stand with the Bangladesh government in their fight against terrorism.
 arrow Malaysian consortium wants early start to work
Malaysian investment organisation Azimat Consortium yesterday expressed willingness for early start of the construction of Dhaka-Chittagong expressway.
 arrow US investors offer 1,000 CNG-run buses to BRTC
The visiting US-based consortium of investors yesterday offered Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) 1,000 CNG-run double-decker and single-decker buses in its fleet to improve the transportation
 arrow PM sees more 'conspiracies' by a political party
Apprehending further political plots during the remaining period of her government by a certain party, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said her government along with the people will foil all conspiracies
 arrow Young Tigers stun Pakistan, move to Super League
Bangladesh inflicted a four-wicket defeat on defending champions Pakistan on Wednesday at the Nondescripts Cricket Club ground in Colombo to qualify for the Super League of the ICC Under-19 World Cupfor
 arrow Criminal killed in Mirpur 'crossfire'
An alleged criminal was killed in 'crossfire' during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and criminals at Paikpara of Mirpur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow 3 new envoys appointed, one gets extension
The government yesterday appointed three new ambassadors and extended the contract of another one. ATM Nazmullah Chowdhury has been appointed Bangladesh ambassador to United Arab Emirates.
 arrow Low turnout, violence blight Nepal polls
Durbar Square, the historic heart of old Kathmandu, was thronged with people Wednesday, but only a few were voting at two polling stations erected for the first elections since King Gyanendra's coup a
Businessarrow Give Bangladesh RMG free access to US
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday urged the US to provide Bangladesh's some of readymade garment products with duty-free access to its market.
 arrow Indian non-tariff barriers impede regional trade
Economists and trade experts at a seminar yesterday strongly blamed Indian bureaucracy for discouraging trade in the region, saying the country is using non-tariff barriers to discourage exports fromother
 arrow Treasury, transaction services help Citibank post 73pc growth in operating profit
When majority of the private commercial banks primarily focus on loan disbursement for making profits, a leading foreign commercial bank, Citibank NA, has been successful in significantly increasing its
 arrow Ericsson to set up full-fledged company in Bangladesh
Swedish telecoms equipment major Ericsson yesterday announced establishment of a full-fledged company in Bangladesh with a commitment to invest more in the country.
 arrow Textile, RMG machinery show begins
Textile and Jute Minister Shajahan Siraj yesterday invited both local and foreign entrepreneurs to invest in the country's textile industry, particularly in woven sub-sector, to face the challenges of
 arrow Dollar reaches Tk 69.75 for LC opening
Dollar prices reached highest Tk 69.75 in case of opening Letter of Credit (L/C) for import yesterday, up by 0.20 from the previous day due to acute dollar crisis.
 arrow S Korea, India aim to sign FTA by 2007
S Korea and India announced on Tuesday the start of negotiations aimed at signing a free trade deal by the end of next year.
 arrow 'Economic zones key to developing private sector'
Energy Ministry Adviser Mahmudur Rahman Tuesday stressed the need for strategic development of economic zones in Bangladesh to expedite growth and development of the private sector.
 arrow Eskayef launches Losectil powder for oral suspension
Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies, has launched omeprazole (Losectil) powder for oral suspension in 20mg and 40mg sachets for the first time in the country.
 arrow Long road to G8 membership for China, India: Analysts
With vibrant economies and more than a billion people each, China and India might seem obvious candidates for the Group of Eight (G8), but analysts say the road to membership will be long.
 arrow US 'pleased' over WTO ruling on GM crops
The United States on Tuesday welcomed a World Trade Organization ruling that found the European Union put up unfair restrictions on genetically modified crops.
 arrow Dollar posts modest gains
The dollar moved higher against the euro and the yen in Wednesday trade, while dealers dismissed speculation that Japan could end its stimulative monetary policy.
Sportsarrow Cricket: From Plate to Cup
The junior Tigers overcame their first challenge of making it to the Super League of the ICC Under-19 World Cup after four abortive attempts when they handed defending champions Pakistan a four-wicket
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka, Rajshahi stay atop
Dhaka and Rajshahi maintained joint lead in the one-day table of the Ispahani Tea Seventh National Cricket League with maximum eight points while Barisal tasted their first victory as the competitionresumed
 arrow Football: Mido's fall from grace
Egypt striker Mido was on Wednesday banned for six months from the national team after his extraordinary touchline confrontation with manager Hassan Shehata in Tuesday's African Nations Cup semifinalagainst
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't write off Sachin'
Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan Wednesday dismissed speculation that Sachin Tendulkar is on the decline, saying the Indian batting master still has plenty to offer to the cricket world.
 arrow Cricket: GrameenPhone title sponsors in SL-BD series
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed GrameenPhone as title sponsors for the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Pharaos in final
Egypt overcame a tantrum from top striker Mido and escaped what appeared to be a clear injury-time penalty against them to beat Senegal 2-1 in their African Nations Cup semifinal on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib to play in 2nd ODI
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar will play in the second one-day international against India after being rested for the first under a rotation policy, the team's captain said on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Turkey deplore FIFA ban
Turkish media responded angrily on Wednesday to Turkey being ordered to play their next six home matches abroad and behind closed doors, saying it reflected political hostility to their country in Europe.
 arrow Cricket: Ricky wants new ODI rules to be scrapped
Australian captain Ricky Ponting has called for one-day cricket's experimental rules to be scrapped in time for next year's World Cup.
 arrow Golf: Golfer Siddique off to India
Golfer Md Siddiqur Rahman, popular in the circuit as Siddique, left Dhaka last Sunday to avail of a luxury not many Bangladeshis have the opportunity to do often.
 arrow Tennis: Prithul keeps hosts alive
Henry Prithul Mondol kept Bangladesh's hopes alive for glory in the Dhaka Bank 20th Bangladesh International Junior Tennis when he reached the boys' doubles semifinal yesterday pairing with his luckychum
 arrow Cricket: Inzy criticises Indian appeal
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq has slammed the Indian team for appealing against him for obstructing the field in the first one-day International at Peshawar and termed it as "against the spirit of cricket".
 arrow Cricket: Pathan among top five ODI all-rounders
India's famed bowler Irfan Pathan's impressive batting display in the first one-day cricket match against Pakistan at Peshawar has lifted him to be among the top five ODI all-rounders in the latest ICC
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan have light practice as India rest
A few members of the Pakistan cricket team, including captain Inzamamul Haq, had on Wednesday an optional net practice at the Pindi Stadium in Rawalpindi, venue of the second one-dayer, while the tourists
 arrow Cricket: India and Dravid fined for slow over rates
India have been docked 10 per cent of their match fees and captain Rahul Dravid 20 per cent for slow over rates during the first one-day international against Pakistan in Peshawar on Monday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l women's chess
The Camelia 27th National Women's Chess Championship got underway yesterday with upsets as defending champion Shamima Akhter Liza and International Woman Master Rani Hamid both lost in the opening round.
 arrow Football: Theft rocks Nigeria camp
Thieves have raided the Nigeria team's hotel rooms, stealing thousands of dollars in cash and personal belongings.
 arrow South Asian Archery begins
Indian archers swept all the medals of the two women's events held on the opening day of the First South Asian Archery Championships at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Football: Monaco knocked out of League Cup
Monaco, already smarting after being knocked out of the French Cup by amateurs Colmar, saw their hopes of landing the League Cup dashed when they lost 1-0 to Nice in Tuesday's semifinal.
 arrow Cricket: Boys, Azad & Rupali win
Mid-table sides Rupali Bank, Azad Sporting and Bangladesh Boys won their respective matches in the First Division Cricket league in the city yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: S Africa names WC venues
South Africa will host the 2010 World Cup at 10 venues, deputy sports minister Gert Oosthuizen announced here.
 arrow Cricket: ICC did not warn him?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday clarified that it has not issued any warning to Indian coach Greg Chappell for making any comments on Shoaib Akhtar's action, as was quoted in some media
Metropolitanarrow Call to step up preventive measures against diarrhoea
The 8th Congress of Common-wealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (CAPGAN) ended in Dhaka yesterday with a call to step up preventive measures against diarrhoea, malnutritionand
 arrow Ban on rickshaws a wrong decision
Ban on rickshaws on a number of city streets has increased the suffering of lower and middle income people instead of easing traffic jam, speakers at a discussion said yesterday.
 arrow TB kills 70 thousand a year
Tuberculosis (TB) claims the lives of 70 thousand people and affects another three lakh people every year in the country, speakers at a roundtable here revealed yesterday.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Shariatpur
Unidentified assailants shot dead a local BNP leader and Gram Sarkar chief at Kaneswar village in Damudya upazila of the district on Tuesday night.
 arrow Committee yet to submit recommendations
The advisory committee on the Strategic Transport Plan (STP) is yet to submit its recommendations on the study of the 20-year transport planning.
 arrow Dhaka committed to one China policy: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday reiterated Bangladesh's firm belief in one China policy and expressed satisfaction over the progress made by the friendly country in various fields.
 arrow Moudud seeks help from all quarters
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed has sought cooperation from all quarters including the administration in separating the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow 3 teachers fall seriously ill
Three hunger strikers fell seriously ill yesterday, the third day of the fast-unto-death programme of the community primary school teachers who are demanding 100 per cent salary as per the National Pay
 arrow Father to die for killing daughter, son
A father has been sentenced to death for killing his minor daughter and son.
 arrow 3 die in road crashes
At least three people, including a woman, were killed and 20 others injured in separate road accidents in Savar and Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow CPC team meets Hasina
The delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC), led by the Chairman, International Department of the CPC Central Committee, Wang Jiarui, yesterday met Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh
 arrow WB to provide technical help to CCC
World Bank (WB) has expressed its willingness to provide technical assistance to Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) for collection of revenue, planning and monitoring of budget and its implementation process.
 arrow 'A Field Guide to Bangladeshi Flowers' launched
Asiatic Society of Bangladesh launched its newly published book titled 'A Field Guide to Bangladeshi Flowers' by renowned flower researcher NS Nowroz Jahan at the Society seminar room in the city onTuesday
 arrow Courts to remain open today
Both the divisions of the Supreme Court and its subordinate courts will remain open today. Earlier, the day was declared holiday on account of the holy Ashura.
 arrow Int'l confce on women, children begins Feb 12
State University of Bangladesh (SUB) and McMaster University, Canada will organise an international conference on "Impact of Global Issues on Women & Children" on February 12-16 at Pan Pacific Sonargaon
 arrow Training course on Project Cycle Management concludes
A three-day training course on 'Project Cycle Management for the Asia Link Programme' organised by the Delegation of the European Commission to Bangladesh ended yesterday at the Brac Centre Inn in the
Nationalarrow Trial of two Indians begins in Sylhet
Trial of the two sensational cases filed in connection with the recovery of a huge quantity of arms and explosives and death of six unidentified persons near the Komolganj border in Sylhet on May 26last
 arrow 4 out of 9 JMB militants confess to involvement
Four out of the nine JMB leaders, arrested from a house in Kazi Para in Saidpur town on Tuesday, in their confessional statements yesterday admitted their involvement in the August 17 serial bomb blasts
 arrow Retrial demanded
Minu Begum, wife of slain journalist Harun-ar-Rashid, has demanded reinvestigation and retrial of the murder of her husband.
 arrow Sonali bank swindled of Tk 42.7 lakh
An amount of Tk 42.7 lakh has allegedly been misappropriated from the corporate branch of Sonali Bank, Khulna by producing forged demand drafts.
 arrow Case against 42 JMB men in Jessore
Jessore police lodged a case against 42 JMB activists including its chief Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai for the serial bomb blasts in Jessore town on August 17 last year and acts of militancy earlier.
 arrow Cop closed for rape attempt
A constable of Jamuna Bridge police station was closed to Sirajganj police lines yesterday for allegedly attempting to rape to a schoolgirl of Saydabad village in Sirajganj Sadar upazila.
 arrow 25 hurt as cops swoop on 14-Party procession
At least 25 leaders and activists of the 14-Party Opposition were injured here when police swooped on a procession yesterday.
 arrow Appointments stopped in Khagrachhari
Appointments of teachers in primary schools and peons in Social Welfare Department have been cancelled due to alleged corruption in Khagrachhari Zila Parishad.
 arrow Hearing date now Feb 23
The date for hearing in Udichi Bomb Blast Case has been shifted to February 23.
Point-Counterpointarrow One nation, under surveillance
I have a bad habit of working late into the night. Occasionally some brain-wave will strike and I'll call up a friend, regardless of the hour.
 arrow RCG not NCG
Neutral Caretaker Government (NCG) is an innovation for which we take pride as a nation.
Culturearrow Treats from Land of the Rising Sun
The contemporary Japanese clay work exhibition at the National Museum, which opened on February 7, was remarkable for its fresh and pristine presentation.
 arrow Week-long street theatre festival ends
A week-long street theatre festival, titled Jege Otho Manush Prohore Prohore Hatao Onthokar, showcased 40 street plays from different corners of the country.
 arrow Pandit Jasraj: In search of divine music
"If you hear in his voice, the whisper of the unknown...and if you experience in his singing the stillness of unheard song...
 arrow Ancient drama outlives repressive era
It outlived the Spanish conquest and a crushing civil war and it survived decades of repression by the Guatemala government of the Maya heartland.
Internationalarrow 4 more die in rioting over Prophet cartoons
Appeals for calm in a furor overcartoons of the Prophet Mohammed went unheeded Wednesday as police shot dead four more protestors during rioting in Afghanistan, bringing the worldwide death toll to 13.
 arrow India, US discuss global nuke alliance
India and the US stepped up negotiations to reach what looks like a difficult civil nuclear energy agreement.
 arrow Iraq on high alert ahead of Ashura
Iraq's security forces imposed a massive clampdown on Baghdad and the southern holy city of Karbala on Wednesday to prevent insurgent attacks on tens of thousands of pilgrims gathering for a major Shia
 arrow US must remove sanctions before talks
North Korea will only return to six-party talks on its nuclear program if the United States drops sanctions against it, a North Korean official said on Wednesday as talks between Tokyo and Pyongyang ended
 arrow Quran riots rock Pakistani city
At least 3,000 protesters enraged by the alleged desecration of the Quran clashed with police and torched two cinemas in Pakistan's second largest city Lahore, police said Wednesday.
 arrow Barracks collapse kills 12 in Chechnya
A total of 12 people were killed when a military barracks collapsed in Russia's turbulent Chechnya region on Tuesday after what appeared to be a domestic gas explosion, local officials said on Wednesday.
 arrow One killed in Pakistan nuke facility blast
A technician was killed in an explosion at a top Pakistani nuclear research facility founded by disgraced atomic scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
 arrow UK police face criticism over Hamza
Police in the UK are facing questions over why they did not act sooner against radical Muslim preacher Abu Hamza al-Masri.
 arrow US Presidents join mourners at King funeral
Reunited at last in death, Coretta Scott King was laid to rest beside the tomb of her husband after a stirring funeral with 10,000 mourners that was both lyrical and mournful, and at times political.
 arrow Indian in jail for 38 years without trial
India's Supreme Court has asked a lower court for the details of a murder after it discovered that a man has spent 38 years in jail without a trial because police lost his papers, a lawyer said Wednesday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Politicisation of administration
With the general election approaching fast, 'politicisation' of the civil administration has seemingly picked up pace.
 arrow Editorial: Badda killings
The post-RAB deployment lull in violent crime -- which apparently set in following its crackdown on organised crime -- has been rudely snapped lately.
 arrow Need for a defence policy
Defence Policy is a natural sequel to National Security Policy. Without the presence of the former, the latter would be incomplete and perhaps un-implementable.
 arrow Way out of West Asian crises
There is reason to treat the two crises in Palestine and Iran as one, though each merits fuller treatment. The two should be taken together.
Letters to Editorarrow Dear Professor...
I have nothing to say about this sad incident. Sir, we couldn't believe that you are not with us anymore. You will be with us forever by your personality, affection for the students and as an idealteacher.
 arrow Mother Language Day
I take this opportunity to share the good news about our Language Martyrs' Day--21 February, which was declared as the International Mother Language Day by UNESCO and has received its first ever government
 arrow TATA and gas price
I am indeed shocked to learn that TATA wants to negotiate gas price with Petro-Bangla at 1U$/Mcf, which is way below the gas price at any time in North America since 1995.
 arrow On 15th anniversary
We congratulate The Daily Star on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.
 arrow 'Enemies of Islam'
Thank you, Mr. Akbar, for criticising our comment titled "Enemies of Islam" published in The Daily Star on February 5, 2006. You stated some points; but we cannot quite agree with you.
 arrow Spelling mistake
A foreign company is running an advertisement in local satellite channels. It is about their success in different countries. In the advertisement they try to portray each country in one scene.
 arrow Tendulkar
The master blaster is far from finished. He played a magnificent innings in Peshwar. Indians were unlucky as the match came to an abrupt and unjust end.
 
   
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