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Front Pagearrow 6 die in Gazipur factory fire
Six employees of a spinning mill were charred to death and three others received serious burns when a devastating fire ripped through the factory at Shafipur in Gazipur Wednesday night.
 arrow Sunny, Awal, bomber jailed for 40 years
A Barisal court yesterday sentenced top Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders Ataur Rahman Sunny and Abdul Awal and suicide bomber Iftekhar Hasan Al Mamun to 40 years' rigorous imprisonment each
 arrow Danish envoy says sorry for cartoons
Officials of the Danish mission in Dhaka are passing their days in "grave fear" in the wake of violent protests in some countries against the publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, said the envoy.
 arrow Dhaka, Islamabad to sign MoUs on export, agriculture, tourism
Bangladesh and Pakistan are expected to sign several MoUs aiming to expand bilateral cooperation in agriculture, tourism and export promotion during Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's 3-day state visit to Islamabad
 arrow Multinationals patenting drugs despite WTO waiver
Ignoring a WTO waiver of patent-protection obligations for the least developed countries (LDCs), a number of multinational pharmaceutical companies are patenting their drug formulas here, posing a serious
 arrow Japan expects free, fair polls in Bangladesh
Japan expects the next general election in Bangladesh will be free and fair, and it will reflect the will of the people, says Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso.
 arrow Inmates suffer hell in crammed Dhaka jail
In addition to inmates four times its capacity, Dhaka Central Jail had to cram in some 2,500 newcomers following the recent blanket arrest.
 arrow 42,000 women unpaid for 6 long months
About 42,000 women working under the Rural Maintenance Programme (RMP) in 4,150 unions across the country are living in destitution, as the Local Government Division has not released the funds for their
 arrow EC ignores law on demarcation of constituencies
The Election Commission (EC) has been in violation of delimitation laws for not taking any steps to demarcate the parliamentary constituencies since the last population census held before the eighth parliamentary
 arrow Pressure on cops not to arrest Shibir leader
Rajshahi University Islami Chhatra Shibir President Shalehi, one of the two suspected masterminds of Prof S Taher Ahmed murder, has managed to go into hiding as police delayed taking action against him
 arrow Rab seizes 9 grenades in raid on JMB man's house
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized seven grenades, 10 bullets and some books on jihad from the house of a Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadre at Parkasunda village in Atrai upazila
 arrow PM condemns publication
Bangladesh has strongly condemned the publication of a cartoon of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) in a Danish newspaper, terming it an audacity of the highest order, malicious and communal misdeed.
 arrow 4 govt officials sued for causing Tk 20cr loss
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday sued four government officials for inflicting a loss of over Tk 20 crore on the public exchequer.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Janajuddha faction was killed in a 'crossfire' during a shootout between his accomplices and members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)
 arrow Ashura today
The holy Ashura commemorating the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hossain (RA), grandson of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM), will be observed in the country today.
 arrow A woman scavenges...

 arrow Hasina vows to rein in prices if voted to power
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said if her party is voted to power again, they would bring down the prices of essentials, fertiliser, seeds and fuel within the reach of the common
 arrow Ahmadiyyas live on their nerves
Members of Ahmadiyya community and other residents of Dhanikhola village in Trishal are passing their days in panic as the Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots have announced programme for capturing their mosque after
 arrow Hanif still in critical condition
The condition of city Awami League (AL) President Mohammad Hanif, kept on artificial life-support system at Birdem Hospital following a massive heart attack on Wednesday, remained unchanged till lastnight.
 arrow 33 killed in religious violence in Pakistan
A suspected suicide bombing and gunfire killed at least 29 minority Shia Muslims in northwestern Pakistan yesterday and gunmen killed at least four more people in an attack on a bus, officials said.
 arrow Playing with a turtle...

 arrow Iran dismisses US threat over nukes
Iran dismissed as "tough words" the United States' refusal to rule out using military force against the Islamic republic over its controversial nuclear programme.
 arrow Bush waives Pak export restrictions
US President George W. Bush on Wednesday waived restrictions on exports to Pakistan, saying it would ease the democratic transition in the South Asian nation and help combat terrorism.
 arrow Bird flu spreads fast in Africa
A disease similar to the lethal H5N1 bird flu is "spreading like wildfire" in northern Nigeria, farmers said yesterday, a day after the country reported Africa's first case of the virus that has killed
Businessarrow Taka loses 65 paisa against dollar in one week
As US dollar is soaring everyday, taka lost 65 paisa against the greenback in one week in case of opening Letter of Credit (LC). Dollar yesterday was selling at highest Tk 69.95, up by Tk 0.
 arrow Salman Ispahani, Citibank win AmCham business awards
M Salman Ispahani, managing director of MM Isphhani, and Citibank, NA Bangladesh have been adjudged AmCham business executive and outstanding American company for the year 2004.
 arrow Banglalink offers special call tariff for ten days
Banglalink has announced to offer Tk 1 per minute call charge from Banglalink to Banglalink for 10 days to mark the completion of its first year of operations in Bangladesh.
 arrow WTO ruling may open door to more global biotech crops
The World Trade Organization decision striking down EU barriers to genetically modified crops could open the door to wider global use of biotech crops, US industry and government officials say.
 arrow 'Customer Mania Mindset Session' at Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut Gulshan outlet held a 'Customer Mania Mindset Session' for its team members on Wednesday in Dhaka.
 arrow SEC fines directors of Bangladesh Zipper
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined directors of Bangladesh Zipper Industries Ltd for not paying the declared dividends to the shareholders for two years.
 arrow Eastern Bank offers debit card with credit facility
Eastern Bank Ltd yesterday launched a new debit card, 'EBL DebitLine', with a collateral free credit facility up to Tk 1 lakh.
 arrow Pepsi sales confce held
Transcom Beverages Ltd, the official franchisee of Pepsi in Bangladesh, held its sales conference on Sunday.
 arrow Unilever Bangladesh launches Lakme products
Unilever Bangladesh Ltd has launched Lakme, an international colour cosmetics and skincare brand, in the local market.
 arrow Energy concerns to take centre stage at G8 finance meeting
The fragile fate of the world's energy supply and distribution chain is likely to take center stage at an upcoming meeting in Moscow of G8 finance ministers, overshadowing their traditional debate oneconomic
 arrow Beximco launches 4 new drugs
Leading drug manufacturer Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd Tuesday launched four new drugs for the treatment of Parkinson's disease, pain and inflammation, Psoriasis and Herpes viruses, a statement said.
 arrow Holcim cement group enters UAE market
The Swiss cement giant Holcim announced on Thursday that it had entered the fast growing United Arab Emirates market, acquiring a 25 percent stake in a local firm.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Another Shahriar reminder
Al Shahriar's bat continued to get broader match by match as the in-form Dhaka captain hammered an explosive century on the opening day of their four-day match of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Jr Tigers group champs
Bangladesh handed a thumping 171-run defeat on ICC associate members Uganda yesterday at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo to emerge Group A champions in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup withthree
 arrow Cricket: First Aus-SL final today
Australia are looking to prevent Sri Lanka from getting away to a flying start should the visitors bat first in Friday's opening triangular one-day cricket series final match at Adelaide Oval.
 arrow Cricket: Toughest time of Arthur's life
South Africa coach Mickey Arthur said on Wednesday the disappointing tour of Australia had been the toughest time of his professional life.
 arrow Cricket: India create Champions Trophy headache again
The International Cricket Council's (ICC) Champions Trophy ran into trouble Thursday after major centres in India declined to host the limited-overs tournament later this year.
 arrow Tennis: Int'l Jr Tennis ends today
Lee Hsin Han and Peng Hsien Yin set an all-Taipei boys' singles final after winning their respective semifinals of the Dhaka Bank 20th Bangladesh International Junior Tennis Championship at the National
 arrow Football: MSC crash to Thai club
Bek Tero Sasna FC of Thailand brushed aside Mohammedan Sporting Club of Dhaka 4-0 in a friendly in Bangkok yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Tanima, Eva share lead
Woman FIDE Master Tanima Parveen and Nazrana Khan Eva took joint lead in the Camellia 27th National Women's Chess Championship with maximum two points after end of the second round at the BCF hall-room
 arrow Football: Munna's 1st death anniversary to be observed today
Former national football captain Monem Munna's first death anniversary will be observed by his family at his Narayanganj residence today.
 arrow Football: African Cup final today
Host nation Egypt will attempt to win a record fifth African Nations Cup title when their team of home-based players face Ivory Coast's impressive array of European exports in Friday's final.
 arrow Football: Draw suits Juve fine
Juventus stretched their Serie A lead on Wednesday despite a 1-1 draw at home to Parma after second-placed Inter Milan lost 2-1 at Fiorentina.
 arrow Cricket: Giles' eyes on Ashes series
Ashley Giles has admitted that he will not risk missing out on the Ashes tour of Australia later this year by rushing back prematurely to be able to play in England's upcoming tour of India.
 arrow Football: Chelsea thrash Everton
Chelsea kept their dreams of a treble-winning season alive by booking their place in the last 16 of the FA Cup with a 4-1 fourth round replay win at home to Premiership rivals Everton here Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Pegasus lose last match
First Division Cricket League runners-up Young Pegasus ended their campaign with a defeat when they crashed to Uttara Sporting Club by seven wickets at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Real hit for six
European superpower Real Madrid were humbled 6-1 by Real Zaragoza in the first leg of their Spanish Cup semifinal on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool go down at Charlton
First-half goals from Darren Bent and Luke Young gave Charlton a 2-0 Premier League win over Liverpool here at The Valley on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Capello causes fascist stir
Comments by Juventus coach Fabio Capello praising late Spanish military dictator General Francisco Franco have provoked uproar with a Catalan politician on Wednesday calling for the European Commission
 arrow India maintain supremacy
India maintained their supremacy in the First South Asian Archery Championships winning all the medals on the second day at BKSP, Savar yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid rejects Inzy's claim
India captain Rahul Dravid denied his team were guilty of unsportsmanlike behaviour in appealing for Pakistani captain Inzamamul Haq's dismissal in the first one-day international.
 arrow Cricket: India to give Eng a pacy welcome
Indian selectors have prepared a dose of pace for England by naming four fast bowlers in a team for the tourists' only first-class match before the Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Ashes heroes meet Queen
England captain Michael Vaughan and the rest of his Ashes-winning squad saw their achievements in winning last year's Test series against Australia recognised by the Queen in a ceremony at BuckinghamPalace
Metropolitanarrow Formulate laws to execute Saarc convention
Rights activists at a meeting yesterday criticised the Saarc Convention on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution saying that important pertinent issues have beenoverlooked
 arrow No child to be trafficked from Asia
Children of the Asian and African countries are unlikely to be trafficked to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as camel jockeys since the country formulated stringent laws preventing the use of childrenas
 arrow Central bank on the list of KPI
The home ministry has included Bangladesh Bank in the list of Key Point Installations (KPI) which have been brought under the special security arrangement in the wake of security threats in recent times.
 arrow 'Nat'l govt a must for meaningful change in governance'
Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday stressed the need for forming a national government with like-minded political parties and persons to bring about a meaningful change in the governance.
 arrow ACC submits charge sheet against Mayor Mohiuddin
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday submitted charge sheet against Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury for his alleged corruption in leasing out 23 shops at thepassengers'
 arrow Dhaka-Colombo air link to increase trade underscored
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday requested Sri Lanka to take initiatives to reduce the trade gap between the two Saarc countries.
 arrow CPB protests militancy
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday staged demonstration across the country protesting the bomb culture and militant activities.
 arrow Pry teachers end fast unto death
Community primary teachers ended their fast-unto-death programme as more hunger strikers fell seriously ill yesterday, the fourth day of the demonstration.
 arrow Water supply policy for Dhaka soon
A water supply policy for Dhaka is likely to be finalised within the next week giving long-term management and distribution guidelines for Dhaka Wasa.
 arrow Asma demands fair trial of Kibria killing
Asma Kibria, wife of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday said the investigation into the Kibria murder case was carried out in a way to protect the real killers.
 arrow Death anniversary of Tawfiq Aziz Khan tomorrow
The fifth death anniversary of Tawfiq Aziz Khan, an eminent journalist, sports writer and commentator, and former executive editor of The Daily Star, will be observed tomorrow.
 arrow 3 JMB cadres on 7 days' remand in Jamalpur
Three Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) cadres, arrested from Sarishabari upazila in Jamalpur with huge bomb making materials on Tuesday, were placed on seven days' remand yesterday for quizzing.
 arrow Outlaws kill 3 in 3 days in Meherpur
Activists of an outlawed party killed a fisherman in Meherpur early yesterday.
 arrow Drug trafficker escapes from police van
An alleged drug trafficker managed to escape from a police van five minutes after his arrest at 8:45pm on Wednesday from a hotel at Natun Bazar under Khulna thana.
 arrow 48-hr transport strike in greater Ctg from Feb 12
The Chittagong unit of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation (BRTWF) will go for a 48-hour transport strike in greater Chittagong from February 12 to press home its 14-point demand.
 arrow Publication of cartoons of prophet condemned
Thirty-seven eminent personalities have signed a statement condemning the publication of cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM) in Denmark and other countries and called on the people not to take the
 arrow President assents to six bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to six bills passed in the 20th session of the eighth Parliament.
 arrow 'Formulate nat'l policy to conserve heritage'
Speakers at a meeting have called for formulating a national policy to conserve the country's heritage.
 arrow Agailjhara OC asked to submit documents
Judge Sheikh Jahangir Hossain of Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal asked the officer-in-charge of Agailjhara Police Station to present all related documents on the death of Beauty Royby
 arrow 2 cop snatchers sent to jail
Two police constables of Sylhet police line have been suspended and sent to jail hajat on charge of snatching money and cell phone from a businessman in the city.
 arrow 2 babies die in bridge collapse
Two babies were killed and three others injured in a bridge collapse in Manikganj yesterday.
 arrow Corrigendum
In "Trends", the special supplement on the occasion of The Daily Star's 15th anniversary, there was an error on page 35, regarding Radu.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Japan intends to prioritize development of the private sector [in Bangladesh], together with transportation and power'
Monzurul Huq: This year marks the thirty-third anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Japan and Bangladesh.
Culturearrow A creative titan at work
An artist becomes known to us through his/her work. We perceive these geniuses when we see paintings, songs, plays, movies or any other art forms where they manifest their creativity.
 arrow A window to the past
Literature imparts both wisdom and humane values.
 arrow Mone Porey : An insight on Ferdausi's life
We have watched the charismatic actor Ferdausi Majumdar on stage and on screen. However, little is known about the family life of the theatre personality.
 arrow Of mists and mires in opalescent grays
On February 10, the Japan-based Kazi Ghiyasuddin begins his solo exhibition of 42 paintings at Chitrak. Kazi Ghiyas went to Tokyo Japan 30 years ago, through a Japanese government scholarship in 1975.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A day of sad remembrance
This was martyrdom without a parallel. The 10th of Muharram reminds us of the saga of tragic self-sacrifice enacted in defense of truth and justice arrayed against the forces of tyranny and deceit.
 arrow Editorial: Waste management in deep soup
To say the least, environment pollution is in a deplorable state. There is hardly any regular system of monitoring and control in place.
 arrow Prof Yunus steps up
Dhaka is still buzzing over the keynote speech Prof Yunus gave on February 4 at The Daily Star's 15th anniversary celebrations.
 arrow From dogfight to divinity
Last week I met my hero who looked aloof from his heroic deed. He smiled and said that once he was a hero of "some sort," but now he was no more than a servant of God.
 arrow A mountain out of a molehill over Danish cartoons
Can we finally admit that Muslims have blown out of all proportion their outrage over 12 cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad published in a Danish newspaper last September?
Letters to Editorarrow The role of opposition leader
In a mammoth public meeting after the long march, opposition leader Sheikh Hasina spoke and the whole country listened. I did too.
 arrow DS 15th anniversary
As I was stooping to pick my Daily Star on 5, 2006, I stopped surprised at the headline. Dr. Yunus predicted country's rosy future.
 arrow Cartoon controversy
I would like express my feelings about the issues surrounding Prophet Moham-med's (Pbuh) cartoon in a Danish newspaper.
 arrow TI reports
A few years back I subscribed for lifetime membership of TI Bangladesh. I was receiving monthly E-bulletins and Newsletter (by post).
 arrow Where killers go unpunished
In the world history one cannot find any instance like Bangladesh for which millions of people had sacrificed their lives and thousands of women had been raped.
 arrow PSC
The Bangladesh Public Service Commission (PSC) is a quasi-judicial body established under the Constitution of the People's Republic of Bangladesh.
 arrow Captive freedom in US
Shindi Shihan, anti war worker in the US who lost her son in Iraq, was arrested recently before the speeches of the State of the Union.
 arrow Traffic Congestion
Traffic congestion remains a global problem in both developed and underdeveloped countries. Here in Dhaka, the intolerable traffic congestion has become an everyday certainty and nightmare for city dwellers.
 arrow Science and Technology
It is my pleasure as a regular reader for more than three years to congratulate you and the journalists of the Daily Star on its 15th anniversary.
Worldarrow Nepali protests greet win of all the king's men
Pro-royal candidates swept elections in Nepal that were marred by violence and a major boycott, preliminary results showed yesterday as new protests erupted over the polls.
 arrow Indo-US nuke deal runs into troubled waters
A landmark nuclear cooperation deal between India and the United States has run into serious trouble, with Washington playing hard ball and India's atomic energy establishment raising objections to the
 arrow Syria, Iran are stoking anti-West sentiment
The United States on Wednesday accused Syria and Iran of using the international row over cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM) to incite anti-West sentiment and violence for their own purposes.
 arrow Lanka eyes prisoner swap with Tigers
Sri Lanka and the Tamil Tigers are considering a prisoner swap to pave the way for trust building at talks this month that could be the island's last chance for peace, a government negotiator said yesterday.
 arrow India, Russia sign $500m rocket deal
After nearly five years of negotiations, India has finally signed a $500 million deal with Russia for Smerch-M 300mm BM 9A52-2 long-range surface-to-surface multiple rocket systems (MRSs).
 arrow Taliban issue warning over cartoons
Muslim protests over cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM) subsided yesterday but a Taliban commander in Afghanistan warned that 100 militants have enlisted as suicide bombers and Denmark said it feared
 arrow Egyptian diplomat seized in Gaza
An Egyptian diplomat became Thursday the most high-profile victim of a kidnapping spree in the Gaza Strip, as Israeli soldiers shot dead three Palestinian militants in two separate incidents.
 arrow Indian police reopen nearly 1,600 cases on Gujarat riots
Indian police have reopened nearly 1,600 cases related to communal violence in the western state of Gujarat in 2002 in which some 2,000 people were killed, a top official said.
 arrow Musharraf to visit China to cement ties
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will make a state visit to China from Feb. 19 to strengthen relations at a time when their traditional ties have been tested by new regional currents.
 arrow Nerve agent scare at US Capitol
Washington authorities said a nerve agent scare, which forced the evacuation of a Senate office building Wednesday night, was a "false alarm" after white powder found in the building tested negative.
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