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Front Pagearrow Hasina places reform proposals for fair polls
On return after a prolonged boycott, Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday placed in parliament a set of proposals for reforms in the caretaker government and electoral systems, which the opposition
 arrow Dozen power plants reel from oil shortage
Over a dozen oil-fired power plants generating about 450 megawatt power in the north and southwestern regions are under threat due to a short supply of oil in the last two weeks, according to the Power
 arrow Country sinking fast into HIV quicksand
The story of Bipul (not his real name), son of a rich businessman of the city, is not extraordinary in any way.
 arrow Govt ready to accept any constructive suggestion
In a quick response to the main opposition party's reform proposals, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the government is ready to discuss ways to make the future elections
 arrow JS okays tele-tapping as AL walks out
Amid strong protests from the opposition lawmakers and despite their walkout en masse, the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed a bill allowing intelligence and law enforcement agencies to tap telephone conversations.
 arrow Govt blames hoarders as boro wilts in fields
With rising diesel price and erratic power supply taking tolls on boro farmers, the government convenes a meeting of stakeholders this morning, denying fuel-supply shortage and putting the blame squarely
 arrow No govt school set up in Dhaka in 25 years
Not a single government high school has been established in the capital in the last 25 years while the number of school students has mounted sharply during this period.
 arrow Taher killing planned two months back
Rajshahi University teacher Dr Mia Muhammad Mohiuddin has admitted during police interrogation that he and Shibir leader Shalehi orchestrated the murder of Prof S Taher Ahmed two months ago to removethe
 arrow Spring is here!

 arrow 4 live grenades recovered in city
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered four live grenades, one from a dustbin and three near a drain, at Moghbazar in the capital.
 arrow PM reaches Islamabad
The hosts rolled out the red carpet to receive Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia as she flew in yesterday on a three-day official visit to Pakistan.
  arrow Physically challenged people...

 arrow WB points at dubious tender process
The World Bank yesterday disclosed its diagnosis of Bangladesh's ailing power sector showing that the deepening crisis is stemming from unusual delays in tendering different projects for a lack of transparency.
 arrow Judge feels insecure in trying case
A sessions judge yesterday felt insecure to try the August 17 bomb blast case against Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) members.
 arrow Bangladeshi peacekeepers win hearts of Liberians
Bangladeshi peacekeepers working in the UN mission in Liberia have won the hearts of Liberian people for their role in bringing back and maintaining peace in the civil war-torn West African country.
 arrow Transport strike in Ctg called off
Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation (BRTWF) Chittagong unit called off its 48-hour strike in greater Chittagong yesterday after a fruitful meeting with the administration concerned.
 arrow 2 Shibir men linked to JMB arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested the president and general secretary of Patharghata upazila unit Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) for their links to outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh(JMB).
 arrow Tight security planned for Shaheed Day
The government has planned to take up stringent security measures with deployment of adequate forces and installation of security equipment to ensure peaceful observance of the Shaheed Day and International
 arrow Dutch minister due tomorrow
Minister for Development Cooperation of the Netherlands Agnes van Ardenne-van der Hoeven will arrive here tomorrow on a three-day visit.
 arrow US drawing up plans for attack on Iran
US military strategists are drawing up plans for an attack on Iran as a last resort to stop the Islamic republic from developing nuclear weapons, the Sunday Telegraph newspaper in London reported.
 arrow Euro standard rules to better air quality introduced
The government has introduced emission rules for vehicles in Bangladesh as per European standards and adopted a road map to improve the air purity of the capital and other cities.
 arrow Trader, guard shot dead in Ctg village
Two people were shot dead by unidentified miscreants at a village in Boalkhali upazila of the district early yesterday.
Businessarrow BB blames banks' inefficiency, price hike in int'l market
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday attributed the exchange rate hike to poor liability and asset management by some new generation banks and rise in oil and commodity prices in international market.
 arrow Offloading of govt shares in SoEs hanging in balance
The planned offloading of government shares of state-owned enterprises (SoEs) still hangs in the balance although the finance and planning minister directed the authorities concerned to do it by October
 arrow Rankstel launches new packages tomorrow
Ranks Telecom Ltd (Rankstel), a private land phone company, will launch two new packages -- 'Ma'r Kotha' and 'Economy ISD' -- tomorrow.
 arrow Remittance from Malaysia to surpass $50m: Saifur
Bangladesh is expecting over US$ 50 million in remittance from Malaysia annually with about quarter of a million expatriates now getting the opportunity to use official channel Agrani Remittance House
 arrow Ctg int'l trade fair begins tomorrow
The month-long 14th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) under the auspices of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) kicks off February 14 at the city's Railway Polo Ground.
 arrow HRC launches clone tea
Tea producing company HRC yesterday formally launched HRC clone tea in local market.
 arrow India to fund UNESCAP study on Asian infrastructure
India will fund the coming together of financial and economic experts of Asia to complete a study by United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP) on possibility of tapping
 arrow Two Indian firms announce sharp cut in call charges
In a big bonanza for the people, India's two state-owned telecom companies on Friday announced a sharp cut in call charges across the country.
 arrow AirAsia to keep Thai stake at 49pc
Top Malaysia-based budget airline AirAsia will not dilute its 49 percent stake in its Thai unit, the company's executive director Kamarudin Meranun said Sunday.
 arrow Oil fever subsides
The fever that gripped oil markets in recent weeks has begun to subside as traders discount the likelihood of a doomsday scenario in Iran, yet many remain cautious due to a variety to geopolitical risks.
 arrow Nepal to offer VAT rebate
The Nepali government has decided to provide rebate of one percent on Value Added Tax (VAT) added receipts, a senior government official said here yesterday.
 arrow Japan's Kansai Airport trade at record high
Kansai Airport's total trade in 2005 marked a record high of 6.64 trillion yen (US$56.39 billion), up a 0.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka run continues
Dhaka stayed on top of the first-class table of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League with a massive 256-run victory against Khulna on the final day of the four-day match at the Dhanmondi Cricket
 arrow Cricket: City Bank to sell home cricket series tickets
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Sunday revealed the rates of tickets for the home series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Football: Cruciani gets 2-match ban
National football coach Diego Cruciani will not be allowed to sit on the bench at least in Bangla-desh's next two international matches, informed Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) general secretary
 arrow Cricket: Tigers go to Bogra today
The Bangladesh cricket team leaves the city for Bogra this morning to play the first two day-night one-day internationals against Sri Lanka to be held on February 19 and 20 at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie avenge in style
Australia, powered by centuries from skipper Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds, crushed Sri Lanka by 167 runs to level the three-match triangular one-day series final at the Sydney Cricket Ground Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB announces match officials
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday revealed the names of match officials for the three-match one-day and two-match Test series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Lahore ODI today
Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar will be out for four to six weeks and will miss the rest of the one-day series against India due to an ankle injury, captain Inzamamul Haq said Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Sania mania in India
Win or lose, Sania Mirza will hog the spotlight when she attempts to win her second WTA title at the Bangalore Open, which starts Monday.
 arrow Football: Monem Munna remembered
A mourning procession was brought yesterday to mark the first death anniversary of former national football captain Monem Munna at his hometown in Narayanganj.
 arrow Cricket: Div I cricket
Jatrabari Sporting Club, Bangla-desh Boys and Dhaka Wanderers Club won their respective matches in the last round of the First Division Cricket League at different city venues yesterday.
 arrow Football: Boro stun Mourinho's men
Middlesbrough applied the brakes to Chelsea's Premier League title express in spectacular fashion on Saturday by humbling the champions 3-0 at the Riverside.
 arrow Football: Real bounce back
Real Madrid restored some measure of pride after a midweek Cup mauling at the hands of Real Zaragoza as they chalked up their fifth league victory in a row with a 2-0 win at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ivorians greet their football 'heroes'
Beaten African Nations Cup finalists Ivory Coast returned to a rapturous welcome here on Saturday the day after they lost to hosts Egypt 4-2 on penalties, the match having finished 0-0 after extra-time.
 arrow Chess: Eva atop alone
Nazrana Khan Eva took pole position in the Camellia 27th National Women's Chess Championship after four rounds when she defeated Masuda Begum at the BCF hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Football: Media soccer final today
The final of the fourth Meril Cup Media Football Tournament, organised by Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA), will be held today at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Football: Sensini stalls Lazio on debut
Nestor Sensini's debut as coach of Serie A club Udinese ended in a 1-1 draw away to his former club Lazio on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Major change in policy a must to strengthen local govt
Speakers at a discussion yesterday recommended a radical policy change including decentralisation of administration and formation of an independent finance commission to strengthen the local government
 arrow Move on to create non-secular state
Indigenous people are still loosing their land because of planned and politically motivated Bengali settlement in the indigenous areas of the country, said Jotirindra Bodhipriya Larma popularly knownas
 arrow Govt acts as a switch operator of militants
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said the four-party alliance government is playing the role of a switch operator of the militants.
 arrow Unusual rickshaw jam in Chittagong city
The port city yesterday experienced an unusual rickshaw jam for six hours during transport strike. Innumerable rickshaws plied the entire city when all modes of transports stayed off the road.
 arrow Judges defer agitation on assurance
The Bangladesh Judicial Service Association (BJSA) yesterday postponed its next scheduled agitation following an assurance from the law ministry to meet its 11-point demand.
 arrow 4 killed, 21 injured in road accidents
At least four people, including a schoolboy, were killed and 21 others injured in separate road accidents in Gaibandha, Jessore and Bagerhat yesterday.
 arrow 100 illegal structures demolished in Chittagong
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) on the first day of its three-day drive demolished nearly 100 unauthorised structures at Andarkilla, Nowab Sirajuddowla Road and Karpashgola in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ctg JMB chief confesses to causing serial blasts
JMB Chittagong divisional commander Javed Iqbal (Mohammad) yesterday gave a confessional statement on his involvement in the August 17 bombings, admitting he was responsible for detonating bombs at five
 arrow JS passes censure motion
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday unanimously passed a censure motion with amendment, protesting the cartoons on Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) published in a Danish newspaper and other newspapers in the West.
 arrow AL leader Imamuddin passes away
Language Movement veteran, Awami League advisory committee member and former parliament member Imamuddin Ahmed succumbed to his injuries at the Sikder Medical College Hospital in the city yesterday at
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of ansar at Adamjee EPZ
An ansar member died under mysterious circumstances at Adamjee Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Narayanganj yesterday morning.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 10 lakh gutted in Chittagong
Valuables worth about Tk 10 lakh were gutted in two separate incidents of fire in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Dr Kamal demands power for farmers
Eminent lawyer Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday expressed solidarity with the agitating farmers at Godagari in Rajshahi and demanded sufficient supply of power and diesel in North Bengal region for saving crops.
 arrow 'Unite against anti-liberation forces'
Veteran woman leader Hena Das yesterday called on all to unite against the anti-liberation forces, who are now part of the ruling alliance, and launch a massive movement to restore the original constitution
 arrow Camel gives birth to calf in city
A camel calf was born at a camel farm near Motijheel in the city yesterday. The newborn male calf has been given the name of 'Shaurav'.
 arrow Two killed in city accidents
Two people were killed in separate incidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow Six city hotel staffs shot by extortionists
A gang of extortionists opened fire at a hotel last night for non-payment of toll, injuring six staffs at Kakrail in the city.
 arrow Nepali student loses certificates
A Nepali student lost her educational certificates at a bus counter in the city on Friday, says a press release.
 arrow White paper on JU teachers' scholarship fund demanded
The pro-AL teachers of Jahangirnagar University (JU) in a written statement yesterday urged the authorities to publish a white paper on utilisation of teachers' scholarship fund protesting a foreign tour
 arrow 'Discover Japan' begins in city tomorrow
A two-day Japanese Cultural Exhibition titled 'Discover Japan' begins at the National Museum in the city tomorrow.
Nationalarrow Road blockade by indigenous people begins in Khagrachhari
An indefinite blockade of Khagrachari-Mohalchhari-Rangamati road, called by Zilla Nagorik Committee and Jumma Janagon Forum, began in the district yesterday.
 arrow 4 lathe workshop owners held as JMB suspects
Detective Police in a drive Thursday midnight arrested four owners of lathe workshop from their houses in Khulna city suspecting them as JMB cadres.
 arrow Bid to extract rock from quarry with banned machine
The people of Panchagarh district have resisted a bid of cine star Monowar Hossain Dipzol to extract rock by using 'banned' drill dredger machine.
 arrow Paikgachha OC accused of poaching deer in Sundarbans
Enamul Huq, officer-in-charge (OC) of Paikgachha police station of Khulna district has been accused of entering the Sundarbans on January 19 along with 35 persons including his family members and twoBNP
 arrow Four get life for killing child
A court here on Tuesday sentenced four people to life term imprisonment for killing a child after abduction on June 23 in 2002.
 arrow Garpara Ashura programme ends
A 10-day Ashura programme ended at Garpara Imam Bari Darbar Sharif here on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Time to make politics difficult
That politics would be made difficult is the now-famous utterance attributed to Late General Ziaur Rahman, founder of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the political outfit which is now firmly entrenched
 arrow The EU, Turkey and Cyprus
As negotiations continue for the membership of Turkey in the 25-nation powerful European Union, Turkey has come forward and unveiled her plan recently for removing the political obstacle posed by Cyprus
 arrow Freedom of expression and multi-culturalism
For those of us, who love adventure movies and fairy tales, Denmark has always occupied a special place in our hearts for its being the land of the Vikings and, of course, that of Hans Christian Andersen.
Culturearrow Of marigolds, dahlias and abundance of life
Women in basanti (a shade of mustard) attires, abundance of flowers such as marigolds, dahlias, polash and shimul, a soothing breeze -- the eternal elements of Basanta(Spring)
 arrow Golden jubilee celebration of Bangladeshi filmdom
The TSC compound of Dhaka University campus is now in a festive mood, complete with banners and festoons.
 arrow Wrishiz honours eminent personalities
On its 29th anniversary on February 11, Wrishiz Shilpi Gosthi (WSG) declared the Wrishiz Awards for literature, culture, film and journalism.
 arrow Miles celebrates silver jubilee
One of the leading bands, Miles is celebrating its 25 years in our music arena this year. A part of the celebration is the launch of their new album, titled Protiddhoni.
 arrow Aishwarya, Abhishek to tie the knot
Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, son of the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan, are planning to wed and astrologers say they are a perfect match, media reports said yesterday.
Internationalarrow Israel cautions against legitimising Hamas
Israel's foreign minister cautioned the international community yesterday against going down the "slippery slope" of legitimising Hamas, criticising Russia's decision to invite the militant group to Moscow
 arrow Alarm in UK over 'abuse' of Iraqis
The British government yesterday faced fresh controversy over the conduct of its troops in Iraq after a tabloid newspaper published video footage purporting to show savage abuse of young Iraqis.
 arrow Europe scrambles to contain bird flu
European officials were scrambling yesterday to contain outbreaks of bird flu after cases of the deadly H5N1 strain of the viral disease were for the first time confirmed in EU members Greece and Italy
 arrow Lanka accuses Tigers of gun-running
Sri Lanka has found that US experts hired to advise its peace negotiators could compromise crucial ceasefire talks, a state-run newspaper reported yesterday as Tiger rebels were accused of gun running.
 arrow N Korea warns Seoul of 'nuke war' over WMD drill
Stalinist North Korea has warned South Korea against sparking "nuclear war" by joining a US-led international drill aimed at intercepting weapons of mass destruction, state media said.
Editorialarrow Critical state of power supply
Frequent load shedding and short supply of electricity, both for domestic and industrial consumption, have been a constant source of misery for the people for quite some time.
 arrow Editorial: Iran's threat to pull out of NPT
The on going nuclear stand off may have compelled the Iranian president to threaten pulling out of the NPT.
 arrow The long march and its aftermath
As the marchers in the end reached their destination Dhaka, defying all hurdles on their way, the much touted long march, a showdown of sorts for the AL and its allies, principally to press their demands
 arrow The answer is Gandhi
Sequence and consequence do not always follow the same logic: the publication of the gratuitously offensive cartoons against the Prophet of Islam (you can translate that, literally, to the Prophet ofPeace
 arrow Let sanity prevail
Awami League's decision to return to the Parliament is one of the most positive signs in recent times, in our otherwise volatile political environment.
Letters to Editorarrow Cartoon controversy
In the West it is perceived like 'what is wrong with it, it is merely a cartoon'. Martin Luther King said , "Rioters are those whose voices are unheard.
 arrow Stranded Pakistanis
I want to focus on the news item titled "Stranded Pakistanis Clash with Cops" published in The Daily Star on 3rd February 2006.
 arrow PM sees more 'conspiracies'
A recent DS article reported "apprehending further political plots during the remaining period of her government by a certain party, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said her government along with the people
 arrow Far from Bangladesh
This has reference to the letter written by Dr. Enamul Kader published in your daily on 6th Feb'06 titled as above.
 arrow Killing of teacher
We are shocked at the news that a RU teacher was killed on the campus of the university, reportedly falling prey to internal feud.
 arrow Offices, schools in residential areas
Residential areas are losing their basic character these days. Some people are invading the serenity and solemnity of the nesting ambience by installing their offices in residential areas.
 arrow Tipaimukh dam hazard
The article of Mr. M. A. Matin on Tipaimukh Dam that appeared on 7 February ' 06 tried to dispel the concerns raised by the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Regulation of CNG rickshaws
Availability of transportation has always been a problem in Bangladesh. Buses are not always a suitable mode of transport for many of us.
 arrow Opportunities abroad
I am a Bangladeshi citizen visiting many African and Middle Eastern countries as part of my professional duties.
 arrow Long march
We witnessed blanket arrests & sufferings of thousands of the poorest of the poor non - political people during the long march.
Star Cityarrow DCC dumps garbage on road in Gulshan residential area
Contravening its own mandate to keep the city clean, Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) authorities have picked an open spot in the densely habited Gulshan residential area as a garbage collection point, making
 arrow Dhanmondi Lake getting polluted
Dhanmondi Lake, one of the popular leisure spots in the city, is being polluted by the business firms operating in the area, locals and environmentalists alleged.
 arrow Visitors gather to see exhibits of language movement
The Bangladesh National Museum (BNM) had allocated a separate room -- Bhasha Andolan Corner -- to preserve and exhibit documents relating to the 1952 Language Movement in 2001, a year after UNESCO declared
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