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Front Pagearrow Govt now says fuel price not hiked
The government in parliament yesterday denied hiking the prices of diesel, petrol and octane in the northern districts while the main opposition Awami League (AL) termed the statement false and walked
 arrow PM for strategic business partnership with Pakistan
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought strategic business partnership with Pakistani entrepreneurs in potential sectors, including textiles, and to help increase bilateral trade to $ 1 billion by
 arrow Cops turn a blind eye
'Brother, where can I get Phensedyl,' asked this correspondent to a group of policemen sitting near Gopibagh Railway Colony.
 arrow Country reels from fuel, gas, power crises
Acute shortage of diesel and erratic power supply compounded with low pressure of gas have virtually cast a long shadow over the country's economy, failing proper irrigation of boro fields and industrial
 arrow Donors pin good governance to aid
The donors yesterday asked Bangladesh to prepare performance indicators of public finance management (PFM), as its chance of getting future aid would depend on 'such governance-related benchmarks'.
 arrow Devaluation of taka to worsen situation
As the country depends heavily on import to meet the growing demand for many a essential commodity, the current spate of devaluation of taka will push their already exorbitant prices further up in the
 arrow Musharraf, Khaleda talk cooperation
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday emphasised enhanced bilateral cooperation in all areas, including political, socioeconomic, diplomatic, investment, trade and commerce and education, forthe
 arrow Once a park...

 arrow Deploy army, Rab at fuel depots
Bangladesh Fuel Distributors Association (BFDA) yesterday urged the government to deploy additional law enforcement personnel including army and Rapid Action Battalion in different depots to maintainsmooth
 arrow Anger flares up as toxic laden ship heads for Ctg
In the face of raging protests from environmentalist organisations, the government is likely to make a move to prevent the toxic ship SS Norway from entering the country.
 arrow Dawn-to-dusk hartal today
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition alliance enforces countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today demanding uninterrupted power supply and reduction of the prices of fertiliser and fuel.
 arrow Shrinking Kabadak wreaks havoc on people in southwest
Once a mighty and potential river, the Kabadak has now turned into a problem for over 50 lakh people in five southwestern districts, creating waterlogging and environmental hazards.
 arrow Unaware of the toxic waste...

 arrow Summer looks darker for graft-ridden project
The country's costliest power project--the $120 million 70megawatt third phase Mymensingh power plant of the Rural Power Company Ltd (RPCL)--is lagging behind schedule due to financial crisis caused by
 arrow Export, import thru' Hili port resume today after 17 days
The import and export operations at Hili land port in Dinajpur resume today following the Indian traders' and truckers' decision to withdraw the new transport rules and the strike they enforced from February
 arrow Judge Chunnu appeals to SC for stay order
Dhaka Divisional Special Judge Rezaul Karim Khan Chunnu yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court seeking stay on Monday's High Court order that imposed injunction on his discharging judicial functionsfor
 arrow Central bank top shots sit in city today
The Saarc Finance Governors' Symposium on microcredit starts today at Hotel Sheraton in Dhaka.
 arrow War hero shot dead in Kushtia
Unidentified criminals gunned down a veteran freedom fighter Monday night at Mazila in Kushtia Sadar upazila while police recovered two bodies from different places in the district on Monday night and
 arrow Moderate tremor hits Bangladesh, India
A moderate earthquake hit northern and southeastern districts of Bangladesh and northeastern states of India yesterday morning, triggering panic among people.
 arrow One killed in 'crossfire' in 3-hr gunfight
An alleged robber was killed in 'crossfire' during a three-hour gunfight between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his accomplices on Monday night at a village in Banshkhali upazila of the district.
 arrow OC suspended for offering bribe to reporter
The officer-in-charge (OC) of Kamrangichar Police Station was suspended yesterday on charge of offering bribe to a reporter of Channel i.
 arrow Shibir leader not yet held
Detective Branch (DB) of police yesterday took over the investigation of Prof S Taher Ahmed murder case as per directions of the monitoring cell for sensational cases in Dhaka.
 arrow Altaf faces criticism in House
The commerce minister yesterday faced criticism from both Awami League (AL) and BNP lawmakers in parliament for the price hike of essentials, especially sugar, and the government's failure in the recent
 arrow 2 cops sued for mugging
A mugging case was filed with a Dhaka court yesterday against two policemen under the Speedy Trial Act. The accused are Sub-Inspectors (SIs) Syed Nasir Ali and Abdul Hamid from Ramna Police Station.
 arrow Saddam in 'hunger strike' protest
Ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein yesterday told the court trying him on charges of crimes against humanity that he and his co-defendants have launched a hunger strike.
 arrow Musharraf must give up dual role by 2007
Commonwealth chief Don Mckinnon said yesterday that General Pervez Musharraf must give up either the presidency or control over Pakistan's armed forces by 2007, when his current presidential term ends.
 arrow Nepal govt frees Deuba
Nepal's royal government freed a former prime minister jailed on graft charges by an anti-corruption commission that was annulled this week by the Supreme Court, an aide said yesterday.
 arrow Iran's nuke crisis mounts
A defiant Iran confirmed yesterday it had resumed limited uranium enrichment despite a mounting international crisis over its controversial nuclear activities.
Businessarrow Dollar price reaches record Tk 70
Dollar price reached record Tk 70 yesterday in case of letter of credit opening. Dollar was selling at highest Tk 70, up by Tk 0.01 from the previous day.
 arrow Ericsson wins GP, Warid deals
Ericsson, the world's largest cellular mobile network equipment maker, has further strengthened its position in Bangladesh by winning the country's largest-ever network expansion deal as well as clinching
 arrow ICC-B urges govt to up negotiation capacity
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh has urged the government to enhance negotiation capacity to reap benefits from WTO trade talks.
 arrow Ctg int'l trade fair kicks off
The month-long 14th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) under the auspices of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) kicked off yesterday at Railway Polo Ground.
 arrow DSE to talk to stakeholders
The Dhaka Stock Exchange is going to sit with the various stakeholders to formulate a plan for long-term growth and stability of the market.
 arrow Business leaders urge Pakistan to ease visa rules
A Bangladesh business delegation, now visiting Pakistan, has urged Islamabad to ease visa rules for business people from Dhaka.
 arrow DSE, CSE close higher
Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) and Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) closed higher yesterday with gainers outnumbering losers. The DSE General Index increased by 17.74 points to close at 1602.
 arrow Dhaka int'l auto show to begin March 16
With a view to introducing the latest products of automobile industries to customers, a three-day automobile show will begin on March 16 at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow Nepal deregulates retail prices of petrol, diesel
In a landmark decision, the Nepali government has decided to end the decades-old administrated pricing of petrol and diesel at retail level and has limited its role to fixing the wholesale pricing intwo
 arrow French companies hoping for 'new opportunities' in India
France has said its business community is hoping for "new opportunities" and it is left for Indian polity to decide how reforms should be "broadened", implicitly suggesting that domestic resistance from
 arrow China warns against proposed US bill to repeal trading status
China said Tuesday a proposed bill by two US senators that aims to repeal the Asian nation's normal trade relation status would only harm growing bilateral economic ties.
 arrow Seminar of C'wealth Assoc of Paediatric Gastroenterology
A three-day international scientific seminar of Commonwealth Association of Paediatric Gastroenterology was held in Dhaka Sheraton Hotel and International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
 arrow Nepal declares airfare hike in domestic sector
The Nepali government has announced an airfare hike in the domestic sector citing rising air fuel price, Radio Nepal reported yesterday.
 arrow JCI, BEI hold workshop on corporate governance
Junior Chamber International (JCI) Bangladesh in collaboration with Bangladesh Enterprise Institute (BEI) organised a workshop on corporate governance for young entrepreneurs in Dhaka on Saturday.
Sportsarrow Football: Diego's Valentine's Day
Bangladesh football coach Diego Cruciani was very cheerful on the Valentine's Day. It was not that the Argentine, single now, had any female company far away from home rather he had some good news.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar unhappy about Bogra facilities
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar came down heavily on the practice pitches in Bogra after their first net session at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist blows SL away to give Aussies series
Adam Gilchrist hammered the fastest one-day hundred by an Australian in a Valentine's Day massacre of Sri Lanka's bowlers at the Gabba here Tuesday to clinch the triangular limited-overs series.
 arrow Cricket: NCL's 5th round begins today
It would be a battle of the table-toppers when Dhaka face off with hosts Rajshahi in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League's (NCL) fifth round that begins at different venues across the country
 arrow Cricket: U-19s meet WI today
The dejected boys of Mushfiqur Rahim will take on West Indies in a play-off match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground today.
 arrow Chess: Eva atop again
Nazrana Khan Eva regained the solo lead in the Camellia 27th National Chess Championship after one round when she won his sixth round board against International Woman Master Rani Hamid at the federation
 arrow Cricket: Pace before spin for England: Blackwell
England's three inexperienced spinners are likely to be fighting for a single place to back-up England's powerful pace attack against India, all-rounder Ian Blackwell said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kambli writes England off
Vinod Kambli, a scourge of England bowlers in the past, believes Michael Vaughan's men will suffer heavy losses during their current two-month tour of India.
 arrow Football: Drogba doubtful starter
Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba said on Tuesday he is worried about his long running battle with a knee problem that has cast in doubt his availability for next week's mouth-watering Champions League
 arrow Football: Boro on a high
Middlesbrough's confidence has shot up on the run-up to their midweek UEFA Cup clash at VfB Stuttgart while Bolton boss Sam Allardyce is trying not to let England manager speculation distract him.
 arrow Football: Iran blasts German media
The Iranian embassy in Germany has protested to a German newspaper for publishing a "disgusting and abhorrent" cartoon portraying Iranian footballers as suicide bombers.
 arrow Football: Hammers going great guns
West Ham moved into the top six of the English Premiership with an emphatic 3-0 victory over relegation-haunted Birmingham at Upton Park on Monday night for their seventh consecutive victory in all competitions.
 arrow Cricket: Gayle aware of his duty
Chris Gayle, West Indies' opening batsman, says that he understands the responsibility he carries opening the batting in New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: Murali still undecided
Sri Lankan ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan says he has not decided whether he will play in Australia again amid continuous crowd taunts over his scrutinised bowling action.
 arrow Football: Bek Tero come here in August
Thailand's Bek Tero FC will play exhibition football matches against local heavyweights Mohammedan Sporting Club and Abahani this year in Dhaka, informed Mohammedan general secretary Lokman Hossain Bhuiyan
 arrow Olympics: BOA chief inaugurates BSJA's modern library
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) on Tuesday eyed at bright prospect in sports at regional and international level.
 arrow Cricket: It's one of the best
It may have been overshadowed by Adam Gilchrist's dashing century but the catch made by skipper Ricky Ponting in Australia's tri-series final win over Sri Lanka here Tuesday will rank as one of cricket's
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan get Afridi shock
Pakistan's chances of staging a fightback in their one-day series against India took a knock Tuesday when all-rounder Shahid Afridi was ruled out of the remaining two matches.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar out of Lankan tour
Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has been ruled out of next month's tour of Sri Lanka with an ankle injury, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Greg won't shy away
Mired in controversies that he describes as "needless", India's cricket coach Greg Chappell has momentarily wondered whether he should stay on, but on Tuesday he told his detractors that he was not going
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan fined for slow going
Inzamamul Haq, the Pakistan captain, has been fined 10 per cent of his match fees for a slow over-rate during the third ODI against India on Monday. The rest of the team was fined five per cent.
Metropolitanarrow People-to-people contact underscored
Chairman of Pakistan Senate Mohammad Mian Soomro and President of Pakistan Muslim League (PML) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain called on Prime Minister Khaleda Zia separately at her Serena Hotel suite yesterday.
 arrow Seven killed in road crashes
At least seven people were killed and 55 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Tangail and Satkhira yesterday.
 arrow Tk 450cr Dutch grant for six projects
The Netherlands will provide Tk 450 crore to Bangladesh for implementing six projects in the water resources sector in the next two years.
 arrow MPs for united efforts to end problems in education sector
Both the ruling and the opposition lawmakers at an orientation programme for the parliamentarians yesterday stressed the need for working together to address the problems relating to education setting
 arrow Oust govt to ensure a free, credible election: Hasina
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina yesterday called for ousting the coalition government through an intensified movement to ensure a free and credible parliamentary election in Bangladesh.
 arrow Death of patient in city hospital sparks off clash
The death of a patient sparked off a clash between his relatives and the staffs of Shomorita Hospital in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow Protect right to land Demand indigenous people
Indigenous people are still being oppressed in various ways across the country, said the representatives of ethnic communities at a meeting yesterday.
 arrow JS passes three bills
Parliament last night passed three bills, including one that seeks to amend certain provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure to bring about reforms of the civil judicial system.
 arrow Adequate power for irrigation demanded
Leaders of Bangladesh Krishok League yesterday submitted a memorandum to the Rural Electrification Board (REB) demanding adequate electricity supply to the irrigation projects in the northern districts
 arrow Two JMB suspects arrested in Dinajpur
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three suspected members of outlawed Islamist outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from a madrasa under Biral upazila of Dinajpur.
 arrow Farmers demand reduction in electricity charges
Farmers and farm labourers yesterday demanded withdrawal of repressive fees and reduction in electricity tariffs charged by the Rural Electrification Board (REB).
 arrow Four slums, 22 shops gutted in Rangamati
A devastating fire gutted four slum dwellings and 22 shops in the suburban Manikchhari area of the hilly town in the morning yesterday.
 arrow AL programmes on Int'l Mother Language Day
Awami League has chalked out elaborate programmes on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day to be observed on February 21. The day's programmes will start at 6.
 arrow 'Hundred Yrs of Bangabhaban' launched
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday launched a book titled 'Hundred Years of Bangabhaban', marking the 100 years of Bangabhaban, the official residence of the president.
 arrow Wallich calls on Bhuiyan
Country Director of the World Bank Christine I Wallich called on LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan at his office in the city yesterday.
 arrow Solo exhibition of Hamiduzzaman begins Feb 17
A 12 -day solo exhibition of Prof Hamiduzzaman Khan will begin in the city on February 17, says a press release.
 arrow Reunion
The annual general meeting and reunion of Matlabganj JB High School Old Students' Association will be held at the National Press Club in the city at 9:00am on February 17, says a press release.
 arrow Confucius Instt opens
The launching ceremony of the Confucius Institute was held yesterday at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city, says a press release.
Nationalarrow JMB behind 2003 cinema blasts
Eight cadres of banned Islamists militant utfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) carried out bomb attacks on four cinema halls in Mymensingh in 2003 and Mymensingh district commander of JMB Salahuddin
 arrow Sylhet city water project gathering dust
The water supply and drainage project in Sylhet city is yet to get the ECNEC nod, a year after approval by a pre-ECNEC meeting and the LGED ministry while the city dwellers are facing acute water crisis
 arrow Deep tube-wells deprived of power supply
Alleged corruption and irregularity by Nilphamari Palli Bidyut Samity (rural electrification body) is affecting irrigation of IRRI-Boro crops on vast tracts of land in the district.
 arrow Recognise Sundarbans Day
The Sundarbans Day-2006 was observed yesterday in Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira districts. The programmes in Khulna city included a discussion at Khulna Press Club.
Point-Counterpointarrow Prerequisites for a free and fair election
Dhaka is still buzzing over the keynote speech of Prof Yunus gave on February 4 at The Daily Star's 15th anniversary celebrations," so writes Zafar Sobhan.
 arrow The clash of ignorance
Historically, criticism of Muslims and Islam was confined to the discourse of religions in the west.
 arrow Proposed reforms and our thoughts as citizens
Last November, the opposition 14-party alliance made public a 23-point common minimum agenda for election and future governance. The agenda includes some significant reform proposals.
Culturearrow Extravaganza of rhythmic colours
The recent exhibition "Appointment" brings together the works of many well-known local artists at Shilpangan.
 arrow Marina: Dedicated to classical music
"Mero Allah Meharban," lilted husky voiced classical singer Marina Ahmad Alam when she dropped into The Daily Star office a few days back.
 arrow Shyamal Chhaya goes to Prague Film Festival
Humayun Ahmed's movie Shyamal Chhaya has been invited to the Prague Film Festival-2006, says a press release. The 13th Prague Film Festival continues from March 23 to 31.
 arrow Kabitalap Award '06
Cultural organisation Kabitalap honoured the country's poets and cultural personalities in two categories in a function. The programme on February 13, was held at the VIP lounge of the National PressClub.
 arrow Norah Jones to star in Wong Kar-wai's drama
U.S. jazz-pop singer Norah Jones will make her screen debut in an English-language film by acclaimed Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai, a press report said yesterday.
 arrow Awareness programme on early marriage
Rishilpi an Italian NGO, has launched an innovative cultural programme to generate awareness about the dangers of early marriage and eliminate this deleterious practice.
Internationalarrow Lanka extends state of emergency
Sri Lanka's parliament yesterday extended a state of emergency for one month, saying the country's security situation did not allow an easing of the tough anti-terror laws.
 arrow NLD offers to recognise Myanmar military rule
Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has offered to recognise Myanmar's military rule if the generals running the country free its leader and summon a parliament whose election in 1990 they ignored.
 arrow Pak protesters storm diplomatic enclave
More than 1,000 protesters stormed into Islamabad's diplomatic district while thousands vandalized Western businesses and torched a government building in another city Tuesday, in Pakistan's worst wave
 arrow Israel will not deal with Hamas until it disarms
Israeli Defence Minister Shaul Mofaz yesterday ruled out dialogue with Hamas unless the Palestinian Islamist movement disarms its militants.
 arrow Peace top priority of foreign policy
Facing a stiff attack from the Left over Iran policy, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday asserted that the Government's "tactics and strategy" may "change with time" in tune with the "changing reality
 arrow Taliban vows to step up attacks in Kabul
Afghanistan's Taliban guerrillas are gaining strength and will step up attacks against government and foreign troops when spring comes next month, a Taliban commander said yesterday.
 arrow BJP endorses govt's vote against Iran
Toeing the RSS line, the main opposition BJP yesterday virtually endorsed the government's vote against Iran at the IAEA meeting.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hakaluki Haor facing disaster
We are highly concerned at the report of the grim prospect that the biggest 'haor' in the country is facing.
 arrow Meaningless hartal
We see no reason why the Awami League (AL) and its partners that make up the fourteen party alliance are going ahead with their hartal programme.
 arrow Tipaimukh Dam and Bangladesh
Interfrence with normal flow of water of a national river has always been seen as troublesome for a government.
 arrow Deep divisions on fast breeders
Indian Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar detonated a bombshell on February 6 when he publicly accused Washington of shifting "the goalpost" on the "nuclear cooperation" deal.
 arrow Hizb ut-Tahrir's long history
Ziauddin Sardar in his article "The long history of violence of Hizb ut-Tahrir" (The Daily Star on 28 January 2006) presents a shallow and inaccurate analysis of this party.
Letters to Editorarrow Save Uttara Lake
A progressive environmental deterioration in and around Uttara Lake what might soon become an irreversible environmental disaster through our inaction has driven my conscience to bring the relevant facts
 arrow Cartoon controversy
The Danish cartoon controversy reminds us that Muslims are not alone in an island.
 arrow Role of opposition leader
I am surprised to read the letter of Dr. Aziz Ahmad, Ph.D., P.
 arrow Proposal of Professor Yunus
With reference to what Professor Yunus proposed to resolve the election impasse, I would like to say that there might not be any need for him to step in.
 arrow Petrobangla
Petrobangla purchases gas from the IOCs at a rate of around $1-3 that depends on whether it is purchasing gas from an onshore or offshore field.
 arrow Crusade against corruption
Didn't we win our freedom in nine months? Then why can't we be free from corruption? I think corruption is our worst enemy now. We should shoot this enemy out and bring about our real freedom.
 arrow Soaring of US dollar
As a citizen of Bangladesh I would like to express my opinion about the issue of soaring US dollar against taka.
Star Chittagongarrow Incidents of fire on rise
Fifty-year-old Ratna Bishwas still can't get relieved for a moment as the traumatic experience haunts her even 15 days after a devastating fire that took away all she earned in her life.
 arrow Problems beset Khagrachhari Bouddha Bihar
The 102-year-old Younga Bouddha Bihar in Khagrachhari is beset with a lot of problems. It has no prayer hall, accommodation for Bikkhus (monks) and waiting room.
Star Cityarrow Tale of portraying a language martyr
Abdus Salam laid down his life 54 years ago for the dignity of mother tongue, but until 2001 there was no photograph of the Language Movement martyr.
 arrow Swadhinata Chattar losing its glory
Due to lack of proper maintenance the 'Swadhinata Chattar' located in Kochukhet Bazar has turned into a playground and a safe haven for addicts and muggers.
 arrow Antiques -- genuine or replicas?
Antique dealers at the DCC Market in Gulshan sell replicas of antiques besides genuine antiques that attract customers -- both locals and foreigners.
 arrow Valentine's Day...

 arrow Self-learners reign professional field
Ahsanul Kabir Rupam, 38, is working on the editing panel of a computer, with eyes glued to the screen and his brains straining for ideas of special effects using latest editing software -- Final Cut Pro
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