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Front Pagearrow Biman in bad shape
Flight schedules of the national flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines have completely fallen apart largely because of flights to too many destinations with too small a fleet.
 arrow Vast areas in the north to miss boro cultivation
Boro crops in the north are wilting fast while thousands of hectares of land remain uncultivated due to lack of irrigation caused by the ongoing fuel and power crises.
 arrow Addiction grips women more and more
Sushama (not her real name), who had once tried to make her husband quit drugs, herself took on the vice after the birth of their daughter.
 arrow Flexibility to better caretaker system
Commonwealth Secretary-General Donald McKinnon yesterday said the caretaker government system could be improved with people's consent and democracy should have that level of flexibility in the greater
 arrow 200 dead, 1,700 missing in Philippines landslide
About 200 people were believed killed and 1,700 others were missing in the central Philippines yesterday when a landslide buried an entire village, the Red Cross said.
 arrow No EC meet on voter listing since Aug
The Election Commission has not met even once since August 6 to discuss voter list preparation while the EC Secretariat continues with preparing a fresh roll with a deferred deadline of February 20.
 arrow Back home with no future in sight
At least six children who were abducted and trafficked to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their early ages about a decade ago are still passing their days like orphans even after their repatriationas
 arrow 'Biharis' in Saidpur split over inclusion in new voter list
The community of 60 thousand stranded Pakistanis in Saidpur has divided over their inclusion in the list of prospective voters, raising the spectre of clash between the opposing groups.
 arrow Train services on 8 routes resume
Train services on eight loss-incurring routes of Bangladesh Railway's eastern zone, suspended on Thursday amid persisting fuel crisis in the country, resumed yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Two kids stolen from DMCH, one still missing
A woman allegedly stole two children including a newborn baby from a maternity ward at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Save Environment Movement...

 arrow Rafique-ul Huq clarifies
In response to a February 14 Daily Star report headlined 'Feuding SQ Chy family wanders in legal maze,' Barrister Rafique-ul Huq has stated that at no point of time he was retained and paid as legal advisor
 arrow Sec 144 in Khulna as BNP factions call meeting in same venue
The authorities have imposed Section 144 in and around the outer stadium here effective from yesterday noon till this evening to avert violence as two rival factions of the city BNP have scheduled party
 arrow Top outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) was killed in 'crossfire' between his accomplices and members of the Rapid Action Battalion at Baoishona village under Naragati Police
 arrow Journalist AZM Haider passes away
Veteran journalist and columnist AZM Haider died of old age ailments at the city's Central Hospital at 6:15pm yesterday. He was 71.
 arrow Salman Khan jailed for poaching
A court in western India yesterday sentenced Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to a year in jail for shooting two rare black buck deer. "The court has sentenced Salman Khan to one year's imprisonment.
 arrow Israeli reprisal plan to isolate Hamas govt
Israel decided yesterday to submit a range of reprisals against a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority for government approval a day after the radical faction takes up seats in parliament for the first time.
 arrow Lankan's arrive...

 arrow Slapping UN sanction on Iran won't be easy: Rice
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice conceded Thursday it would take tough diplomacy to agree UN nuclear sanctions on Iran and suggested worried countries take their own action.
 arrow India fears for security if Iran row escalates
India is deeply concerned at the growing rhetoric and possibility of a confrontation over Iran's controversial nuclear programme, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said yesterday.
 arrow Protests against cartoon on
Muslim devotees yesterday staged demonstrations protesting the publication of cartoons on Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM).
 arrow Plan to buy SS Norway abandoned
The intending buyer of the asbestos-lined ocean liner SS Norway has at last agreed to refrain from purchasing the vessel.
 arrow 33 feared dead in ship accident off SE China
Thirty-three people were missing and feared dead after a Panamanian-registered cargo ship struck a reef and sank off China's southeastern coastal Fujian province, officials said yesterday.
Businessarrow US-Bangla double taxation goes in couple of months
Bangladesh will sign a double taxation avoidance treaty with the United States within two months as the National Board of Revenue (NBR) expects to complete necessary formalities by that period.
 arrow Carrefour to up apparel orders 20pc from Dhaka
A senior executive of Carrefour, the world's second largest retail chain after the Wal-Mart, has said his company will raise orders from Bangladesh by 20 percent in 2006.
 arrow IPO subscription of S Alam Steels begins tomorrow
IPO subscription of S Alam Cold Rolled Steels Ltd, a concern of a Chittagong-based conglomerate, begins tomorrow and is scheduled to close on February 26.
 arrow Indian growth to be 8pc this year
Rolling out the reform agenda ahead of the budget, President APJ Abdul Kalam said Thursday that India will create a common market for agriculture and step up infrastructure development in ports, roads,
 arrow Bangladesh to take part in Indian int'l trade fair
Bangladesh will participate in a 13-day international trade fair beginning February 20 in Guwahati, the capital of the northeastern Indian State of Assam.
 arrow GP holds 'Grahak Kotha' in Rajshahi
In a bid to get responses from its subscribers directly, mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd organised a function styled 'Grahak Kotha' (Subscribers' Voice) in Rajshahi yesterday.
 arrow Delhi committed to Iran-India gas pipeline
India is committed to building a pipeline to carry Iranian gas across Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told parliament Friday.
 arrow China, Iran near $100b oil deal
China and Iran are close to setting plans to develop Iran's Yadavaran oil field, according to published reports, in a multibillion-dollar deal that comes as Tehran faces the prospect of sanctions over
 arrow Bush to ask India to treat US fairly in trade
Stressing on competitiveness and a level-playing field, US President George W Bush has said that during his visit to India next month he will drive home the importance of "fair dealing" in the two countries'
 arrow Mitsubishi Motors to buy 20pc stake in China carmaker
Japan's Mitsubishi Motors has reached an outline agreement to buy a stake of at least 20 percent in Chinese carmaker South East Motor (Fujian) from Taiwan's China Motor, a spokesman said Friday.
 arrow Oil continues higher in Asian trade
Oil prices continued higher in Asian trade Friday, recovering some of the ground lost in the past week ahead of a long holiday weekend in the United States, a dealer said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Feb 12-Feb 16, 2006
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Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Sri Lanka here to win
The past record might not speak for Bangladesh but Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was not ready to take the Tigers lightly in the three-match one-day and the two-match Test series as he believes
 arrow Football: Footballers leave for Uzbekistan today
Bangladesh national football team recorded a 5-0 win over an understrength Bangladesh Navy yesterday in the only warm-up match ahead of their Asian Cup qualifiers Group F opener against Uzbekistan.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi in driving seat
Having removed Dhaka from lead in the one-day competition, Rajshahi looked set to join their title rivals on top of the first-class table in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League as well.
 arrow Cricket: NZ-WI first ODI today
Cricket's controversial super-sub rule could find itself jettisoned for the first one-day international between New Zealand and West Indies here Saturday after the International Cricket Council ruledit
 arrow Cricket: It's a wake-up call: Woolmer
Pakistan's one-day series defeat to India is the wake-up call the team needs, coach Bob Woolmer says.
 arrow Cricket: New CEO to lift board's image
New chief executive officer (CEO) of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Mahmudur Rahman has set a target to lift the image of the board, which he believe is not satisfactory.
 arrow Cricket: BD-SL U-19s play-off today
Bangladesh face off hosts Sri Lanka in the fifth-place play-off in the ICC U-19 World Cup at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo today.
 arrow Football: Eto'o Africa's best again
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o won his third successive Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year Award after he was picked ahead of Chelsea stars Didier Drogba and Michael Essien at an
 arrow Football: L'pool aim to break MU jinx
Liverpool have not beaten Manchester United in the FA Cup for 85 years but are confident the drought will end in the fifth round on Saturday at Anfield.
 arrow Football: Real see turn in tide
Five straight league victories and a slump for leaders Barcelona have raised Real Madrid's hopes that the tide is finally turning in their favour.
 arrow Football: Roma go for record 10th
AS Roma aim to equal the all-time record of 10 successive Serie A wins by beating Empoli on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Clooney can depict Mourinho in film
US actor George Clooney, nominated for three Oscars this year, said Friday in a magazine interview he would be open to playing Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho in a movie.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting against Bangladesh, too
Ricky Ponting has set the cat among the pigeons ahead of Australia's tour to Bangladesh by calling for Bangladesh to be stripped of its Test status.
 arrow Cricket: Nimbus wins Indian cricket's telecast rights
The Indian cricket board has awarded its global telecast rights to marketing company Nimbus for an enormous 612 million dollars for the next four years, a top official said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: PCB denies ICC concern over Shoaib's action
Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board chairman, has denied that Shoaib Akhtar's action is being closely monitored once again by the ICC, following a maelstrom of rumour and speculation over the last
 arrow Chess: Eva going great guns
Nazrana Khan Eva won her eighth round board against Mahmuda Haque Chowdhury on Friday to maintain her solo lead in the Camellia 27th National Women's Chess Championship.
 arrow Cricket: 'Openers need to do well'
England opener Andrew Strauss said Friday his team needed to get good starts in order to do well in India where they will play three Tests and seven one-dayers.
 arrow Football: Eriksson sees future Eng leader in Rooney
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said Friday that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has matured to the extent he sees him as a possible future national captain.
 arrow Golf: Summit Cup golf held
Captain D K Panni (retd) clinched the men's title while Supa Georgi won the women's crown in the Summit Cup Golf Tournament (Pro-Am) at the Kurmitola Golf Club on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow '20 lakh suffer from epilepsy'
There are at least 15 to 20 lakh epileptic patients, popularly known as mrigirogi, in the country, said the experts at the inauguration of an international teaching course on epilepsy in the city yesterday.
 arrow Call to formulate policy for ship breaking industry
Environmentalists yesterday demanded formulation of a policy for ship breaking industry, its strict implementation and strong monitoring of the coastal environment for the sake of public health.
 arrow 'Formulate nat'l youth policy'
Economists, political leaders and youth leaders at a meeting yesterday urged the government to formulate a national youth policy for turning the youth forces into human resources in the country.
 arrow Parties urged not to nominate 'black money' holders
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the political parties not to nominate 'black money' holders and musclemen for the upcoming parliamentary election.
 arrow Students display talents at education fair
Kaykasha and Maysha of class three at Scholastica School made a litter bin with sticks and chart paper where a cautionary statement with colour pencils says ‘Please Don't Litter the Street'.
 arrow Govt trying to wipe out history of independence
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday protested the renaming of a bridge which was earlier named after freedom fighter and former MP Shaheed Moyejuddin Ahmed.
 arrow Tongi power plant trips
The 80-megawatt Tongi power plant was temporarily shut down on Thursday due to shortage of air-filters.
 arrow Three killed in road crashes
Three people were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow 3,300 Phensidyl bottles seized in city, six arrested
A team of Narcotics Control Department seized 3,300 bottles of Phensidyl syrup and arrested six people from a truck at Jatrabari in the city early yesterday.
 arrow JUTA polls Feb 28
The election of Jahangirnagar University Teachers' Association (JUTA) will be held on February 28.
 arrow Death anniversary of Shamsuzzoha today
The death anniversary of Prof Dr Shamsuzzoha, a martyred intellectual, will be observed today.
 arrow Vivekananda's birth anniversary celebrated
The 143th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was celebrated yesterday. An elaborate programme including rally, discussion and cultural function marked the day.
 arrow Hasina visits ailing AL leader
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday visited her party's organising secretary Abdul Mannan who is undergoing treatment at LabAid Cardiac Hospital in the city.
 arrow 'Discover Japan' ends
A three-day exhibition titled 'Discover Japan' ended at the National Museum in the capital yesterday.
 arrow CPR Training Workshop today
A daylong CPR Training Workshop, jointly organised by Shabab Murshid Foundation and Birdem, will be held on the Birdem premises today, says a press release.
 arrow Obituary
Former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Kazi Shamsur Rahman died at Ibne Sina Hospital in Dhaka yesterday at the age of 67.
Nationalarrow JMB leader says he was Shibir man
JMB (Jamia'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh) suicide bomber and its regional chief in Patuakhali-Barguna, Masum Billah, in his statement before a Magistrate court here said he was involved with Islami Chhatra
 arrow CHT eco-system faces disaster
The entire Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region may face an ecological disaster if the unplanned land management, Jhum cultivation and destruction of forests and erosion of the topsoil are not stopped,
 arrow Breach repair to take 2 more days
The breach in the Teesta Irrigation Project canal was yet to be repaired yesterday.
 arrow Argument begins tomorrow
The cross-examination of 45 witnesses in a case lodged in connection with the killing of two judges in Jhalakati on November 14 last year was completed on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh gas and coal policy
We have so far been a mono-energy country depending solely on natural gas. The predecessor of Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration & Production Company Ltd.
 arrow Abu Ishaque
February 16, 2003 our beloved father, Abu Ishaque, departed for eternal peace at the age of 77. Despite his old age, he was in the midst of his literary career.
 arrow Political economy of currency devaluation
Governments can try to do as little as possible and let the currency system work on its own or they can impose strict controls over dealings between a country and the outside world.
Culturearrow Shishir's quest for human rights
Shishir Bhattacharya, renowned for his critical cartoons and surrealistic paintings says, "Cartoons are based on an incident -- when something unusual or interesting has taken place.
 arrow Folk and modern dance are her forte
Though a relatively late beginner in dance, Farhana Chowdhury (Baby), a folk and modern dancer is well thought of in the cultural arena. She has made her name both as performer and teacher.
 arrow Tele-film Doyita on Rtv tonight
Doyita, a tele-film directed by Naresh Bhuiyan will be aired on Rtv tonight at 8:00 pm. Written by Shilpi Sarkar Apu, the film follows three young characters -- Doyita, Rumi and Disha.
Generalarrow ADB to study ways of better economic cooperation in East and South Asia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced that it will study the ways to facilitate more effective economic cooperation and integration among the developing countries in East and South Asia.
 arrow Youth murdered
Police yesterday recovered the body of a youth killed by unknown assailants at a tea-stall at Lohagara upazila of Chittagong district on Thursday night. The dead was identified as Md Sarwar, 24.
 arrow Sec 144 at Sirajganj
The upazila administration imposed Section 144 at Tarash in Sirajganj yesterday as the ruling BNP and opposition Awami League have organised a rally at the same place and at same time.
Internationalarrow New Indo-Pak rail link sparks reunion hopes
Mohammad Sauleh fled his birthplace in India 41 years ago amid the crash of artillery shells, but he dreams of returning to the sound of train wheels going 'clickety-clack'.
 arrow Nepali Maoists hope to end monarchy
For a man who spends much of his time holed up in rundown apartment on the outskirts of Katmandu, Biraj is supremely confident his vision of a communist Nepal will soon become reality.
 arrow Indo-US N-deal uncertain ahead of Bush visit
The top US negotiator on a troubled nuclear deal with India would hold new talks in New Delhi next week only if there is a chance the visit could resolve differences clouding President George W.
 arrow Pakistan recalls envoy to Denmark
Pakistan's ambassador to Denmark has been called back to Islamabad "for consultations" amid a continuing row over cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM), the foreign office said yesterday.
 arrow Lanka frees rebel prisoners as Tigers head for truce talks
Sri Lanka's Tamil rebels flew out yesterday to attend crucial peace talks as the Colombo government freed four guerrilla suspects in a goodwill gesture, officials said.
 arrow Amnesty calls for sanctions to end abuses in Nepal
International sanctions against the government of Nepal's King Gyanendra must be considered in a bid to end human rights abuses and restore democracy, the head of Amnesty International said yesterday.
 arrow Nepal detains more journalists than any other country
Nepal arrested more journalists than any other country since 2004, many during pro-democracy protests, an international media watchdog said while urging the royalist government to free seven still indetention.
 arrow Senior German official calls for closure of Guantanamo
The German government's coordinator for relations with the United States yesterday urged the immediate closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
Editorialarrow Editorial: School textbooks
It is worrying news that a lot of anomalies and irregularities have been found in distribution of school textbooks.
 arrow Editorial: Separating students by religion?
We feel concerned by a report of a Chittagong school holding classes under separate arrangements for the Muslims students and students belonging to other religions, ostensibly for imparting religiouseducation.
 arrow Bangla and February
Since 1952, more than fifty years ago, February has become part of the Bangalee psyche and its ethos.
 arrow I'd have been a communist: Vajapyee
I would have been in the Communist Party if there had been no partition," says Atal Behari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister, who led the BJP coalition for six years at the Centre.
Letters to Editorarrow Fazlul Quader Chowdhury
My attention has been drawn to a news report, 'Feuding SQ Chy family members in legal maze', in the issue of The Daily Star of Tuesday, 14 February 2006.
 arrow Remembering Dr. Shamsuddin Ahmed
Liberation has its own labour. Ours was for nine months. Death and destruction of lives littered the land. None was immune. But, none, perhaps, was pained more than those who lost their dearest ones.
 arrow Cartoon controversy
In the letter in the net edition of DS dt 11th Feb, Mr Mamoon has mentioned that certain personalities should not be ridiculed and should be kept out of controversy.
 arrow Phulbari coal mining land
We are in a country that is often called by some as the 'Queenland of Minerals'. All of the citizens, who are knowledgeable, know why and who call it so.
 arrow Cash for rice
Imrul Hasan's write up and photograph (DS: 12 Feb) depicts a new type of rice trade or, to be more specific, retail sales of rice -- not known to most of us except the residents of the locality; thattoo
StarTecharrow Jeeon: Info and knowledge base for rural people
In our country, serving the needs of the urban population is considered the best practice of information technology.
 arrow The second beta of Internet Explorer 7 released
Microsoft has released a preview beta version of its upcoming and somewhat hyped version of its popular browser Internet Explorer.
 arrow Where tech blends with fun
The '4th Techno Fun Fair 2006', organised by North South University Computer Club (NSUCC) was held on February 14 and 16 at the NSU premises, says a press release.
 arrow 3GSM World Congress

Literaturearrow The Beginning of Cricket in Dhaka
In the context of cricket, the words "back stop," "batter," "baji," "dour," et cetera, may sound unusually uncommon to present-day readers.
 arrow In the Land of No Worries-Part-2
Mrs. Henderson Presents
For me, no holiday is complete without an evening in a movie theater; few things can beat the experience of watching a film in darkness, deluged by a huge screen and inundated by lush film scores.

 arrow Tikka Khan's Letter
Amader Ekattur is a collection of first-person narratives of our 1971 war of liberation.
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