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Front Pagearrow In the darkness of the shine
The BMW SUV makes no jerks even on the potholed Dhaka streets. The silence of the interior, the cool of the air-conditioner and the richness of the woofers streaming Sagar Sen singing Tagore songs drape us with a feeling of assurance.
 arrow CJ decries political leaders' impatience
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain yesterday said the political leaders' impatience and disrespect to the opinion of others have made it difficult to strengthen the democracy and promote the rule of
 arrow BNP may assign seniors to talk with opposition
The ruling BNP may commission one or two of its senior leaders to discuss with the opposition alliance their proposals for reforms in the caretaker government and electoral systems.
 arrow Baby trade booms at hospitals
One can easily buy a newborn babe for a few thousand taka, to keep or abuse as one wishes, at no other place than the downtown Dhaka Medical College Hospital and some clinics in its vicinity.
 arrow Caab grounds plane for inadequate safety
Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (Caab) has disallowed Biman Bangladesh Airlines to fly one of its Airbuses because of its non-compliance to safety procedures.
 arrow 12 killed as truck falls into ditch
At least 12 people were killed and 30 others injured, 13 of them critically, in a road accident on Dhaka-Tangail Highway in Mirzapur in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Extremism shadows Bangladesh democracy
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Dick Lugar said that Bangladesh's traditional commitment to democracy, religious pluralism, and women's empowerment is now being challenged by extremists
 arrow Govt must carry out proposed electoral reforms
Leader of the main opposition, Sheikh Hasina, yesterday said the government must place a bill in the parliament to implement the oppositions' proposed reforms in the caretaker government system and the
 arrow Cheap ride ends up in death
Unable to afford bus fares, the poverty-stricken homebound day labourers and rickshaw-pullers got on a truck so that they could save a few bucks for their families.
 arrow Industries care little for waste management
The industrial units and establishments in the country spend very little amount of money for the management of wastes, which pose serious threat to human health and environment.
 arrow Energy adviser for crackdown on fuel smugglers
Energy Adviser Mahmudur Rahman yesterday called for immediate crackdown on smuggling of fuel from northern bordering districts, saying it is an artificial problem while the overall supply situation throughout
 arrow Scholastica's rejoinder
In a rejoinder to The Daily Star report published yesterday with the headline 'Addiction grips women more and more', authorities of Scholastica Pvt Limited stated that singling out the name of the institution
 arrow Turning a blind eye...

 arrow Students damage 4 vehicles to protest outage
Students of Dhaka College last night went into the rampage and vandalised at least four vehicles as part of their protests against persisting load shedding.
 arrow Judge Chunnu meets ministers, wants voluntary retirement
After the High Court's order to refrain from judicial activities for two weeks, Dhaka Divisional Special Judge Rezaul Karim Khan Chunnu is now lobbying the influential ministers to ensure his smooth voluntary
 arrow Butenis likely to join soon
The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed the nomination of Patricia A Butenis as the ambassador to Bangladesh by a unanimous voice vote.
 arrow Country's first woman train driver
For the first time Salma, 21, drove yesterday a passenger train from Laksham to Noakhali, a risky and tedious job on poor track.
 arrow 2 on bus top die after hitting archway for Saifur
Two people were killed and at least six others were seriously injured yesterday as they hit a low archway while travelling on the roof of a bus near Moulvibazar.
 arrow 10 injured, 3 vehicles burnt down in fire
At least 10 people were hurt and two passenger buses and a tank lorry burnt down in a fire in Park petrol pump at Kazipur intersection in the town yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan, India restore rail link after 40 yrs
Pakistan and India resumed a train service across the Thar desert yesterday, 40 years after it was suspended following the second of the three wars between the two South Asian rivals.
 arrow Built with remains...

 arrow 25 hurt as cops club farmers at fertiliser outlet
At least 25 farmers, standing in a long queue for fertiliser at Tetultala Bazar under Jhinaigati upazila of the district, were injured in police action yesterday.
 arrow India reports first bird flu case in chickens
Indian state government officials yesterday said that a laboratory had confirmed the country's first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens.
 arrow Hopes for survivors fade fast
Rescue workers held little hope yesterday of finding more survivors from a devastating landslide that killed an estimated 1,800 people, saying this farming village in the eastern Philippines was swallowed
 arrow Hamas takes control in Palestinian parliament
Hamas took over as the dominant party in the Palestinian parliament yesterday and named its leader Ismail Haniyeh as the Palestinian Authority's next prime minister.
Businessarrow China top import source for Bangladesh
China has emerged as number one import source for Bangladesh, beating India for the first time.
 arrow Pakistani textile units to be relocated to Bangladesh
Entrepreneurs of more than a dozen of Pakistani textile industries have decided to relocate their units to Bangladesh in a bid to slash their production cost by almost 50 percent, source said.
 arrow Dhaka fails to tap potentials
The country's exporters could not benefit from duty-free access to countries in the Asia Pacific due to small size of the markets, non-tariff barriers and lack of direct shipping links, exporters said.
 arrow Rich states must phase out farm subsidies: India
India on Friday said developed countries must phase out trade distorting farm subsidies to make any meaningful progress in the Doha round of WTO trade talks.
 arrow 4-star hotel opens in Ctg
The Peninsula Chittagong, a newly built four-star hotel, has started its operation in the port city.
 arrow Djuice, Star Cineplex sign deal
Djuice, the youth brand of GrameenPhone (GP) Ltd, and Star Cineplex at Bashundhara City, have joined hands to bring the latest Hollywood blockbusters for the movie lovers of the country.
 arrow Bush visit a chance to alter Indo-US business landscape
US President George W Bush's upcoming visit to India is a "historic opportunity" that should be used for significant improvement in the economic and business landscape of both countries, according toa
 arrow China bids to shake off image of 'world's workshop'
The head of China's top intellectual property watchdog stressed recently that China should improve its technological innovation and increase its applications for Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) tocast
 arrow China's foreign trade volume up 26.8pc in January
In January 2006, China's foreign trade volume totaled 120.49 billion US dollars, up 26.8 percent year on year, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) said on February 13.
 arrow Mittal Steel files proposal for Arcelor takeover
NRI steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal appears to have crossed the first hurdle with three European regulators publishing the official USD 22.
 arrow US carmakers warn on Thailand, ROK trade talks
The Big Three US automakers are worried about the harm possible free trade agreements with Thailand and South Korea could do to their industry in the United States, the head of the carmakers' trade council
 arrow Nepal Telecom to expand cellphone service
Nepal Telecom (NT) has announced to operate mobile phone service based on GSM technology in 24 remote areas of Nepal with the support of satellite link, an official of NT said here on Saturday.
 arrow France, Thailand hope to boost trade to $5b a yr
France and Thailand agreed Saturday to try and boost annual trade to five billion dollars as French President Jacques Chirac lobbied hard on behalf of French companies seeking a share of the kingdom's
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rajshahi rout Dhaka
Rajshahi completed a Dhaka demolition in the fifth round of the Ispahani National Cricket League with a massive 218-run victory on the third day of their four-day match at the Rajshahi Divisional Stadium
 arrow Cricket: Junior Tigers finish fifth
Bangladesh youths finished fifth in the ICC Under-19 World Cup when they handed a 98-run defeat on Sri Lanka at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground in Colombo yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Last one-dayer today
Pakistan cricket captain Inzamamul Haq Saturday urged his team to make best efforts for a consolation victory after conceding an unbeatable lead to India in the one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis fly in front
A 136-run opening partnership by veteran Nathan Astle and newcomer Jamie How laid the foundations for an 81-run victory by New Zealand over the West Indies in their five-match one-day series opener at
 arrow Cricket: Where have all the tickets gone?
Although it was announced that all the tickets for the first two one-day internationals between Bangla-desh and Sri Lanka had been sold out, there are allegations that most of the tickets went to thehands
 arrow Football: Bangladesh off to Uzbekistan
Bangladesh football team left Dhaka yesterday to play their Asian Cup qualifiers Group F opener against Uzbekistan on February 22.
 arrow Chess: Eva remains on top
Nazrana Khan Eva maintained solo lead in the Camellia 27th National Women Chess Championship after the ninth round at the federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bell, Vaughan in the runs
England captain Michael Vaughan and Ian Bell warmed up for the upcoming Test series in India with half-centuries in a practice match at Mumbai on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Monty won't let the chance go
England spinner Monty Panesar hopes to take away a few useful lessons from the tour of India even if he doesn't win his first cap.
 arrow Football: Reds lay ghosts to rest
Peter Crouch ended Liverpool's 85-year wait for an FA Cup triumph over bitter rivals Manchester United with the first-half header that ensured a 1-0 win at Anfield here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Time of Our Lives
What do Ricky Martin, Anastacia and Il Divo have to do with football? The answer is not much, of course, although that didn't stop them being chosen to sing the last three World Cup songs.
 arrow Cricket: India want to end series on a high
It's been just 18 days since India crashed to their second-heaviest defeat in history but they have returned to Karachi in a far more upbeat mood.
 arrow Football: Sven wants it his own way
Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has told the Football Association that he is against the idea of his successor shadowing England during the World Cup finals.
 arrow Cricket: Taibu sees no future in Zim
Former captain Tatenda Taibu says he has no future with Zimbabwe after agreeing to play English club cricket. The wicketkeeper has signed contracts with celebrity side Lashings and Surrey club Pyrford.
 arrow Football: Rajshahi win Memorial Cup
Rajshahi became champions in the Majid Challenge and Quamruddin Ahmed Memorial Cup Football Tournament defeating Naogaon 2-0 in the final at the Thakurgaon Stadium on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: ULAB Fair Play Cup cricket on
ULAB (University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh) Fair Play Cup cricket tournament got underway on Friday in Ramchandpur, Mohammadpur. State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Haque inaugurated the meet.
 arrow Football: Vogts to scout for Germany
Former Scotland and Germany coach Berti Vogts will coordinate the scouting of Germany's World Cup opponents, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt blamed for delay in submarine cable link
Business leaders and telecom experts at a roundtable yesterday strongly criticised the government for delaying in linking the country with submarine cable and allowing operators to do illegal VoIP business
 arrow Coordinated efforts a must for uniform Bangla software
Computer experts at a conference stressed the need for coordinated efforts of linguists, software developers and electrical engineers to develop uniform Bangla software and interfaces worldwide, especially
 arrow Rule nisi on Ctg mayor, three other CCC officials
The Supreme Court has served a rule nisi upon Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) asking its mayor and three other officials to restrain themselves from filling the pond and land of a cattle shed belonging
 arrow Draft anti-trafficking plan launched
The government yesterday launched the draft National Anti-Trafficking Strategic Plan for Action (NATSPA) to adopt a national programme in checking human trafficking and strengthening rehabilitation activities.
 arrow 70 hurt as Jhenidah BNP factions clash
Two clashes between two rival BNP groups over a meeting venue left at least 70 people injured in the previous two days in Kaliganj upazila of Jhenidah.
 arrow 14-party plans biggest ever showdown in Ctg March 1
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine plans to make its March 1 grand rally here one of the biggest ever showdowns with a view to impressing the electorate for the next general election.
 arrow Kidnapped Bangladeshi dies in India
A Bangladeshi youth, who was kidnapped by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) from Shibganj border on Thursday, died from bullet wounds at Maldah Medical Hospital of West Bengal yesterday.
 arrow Sylhet JCD rally foiled owing to factional clash
A rally of the local Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, student wing of the ruling BNP, was foiled as a rival faction known as Upashahar Group attacked the rally in the city yesterday.
 arrow Routes to Shaheed Minar, Azimpur on Ekushey
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken up special arrangements to control movement of traffic as well as people from 6:00pm on February 20 to 2:00pm February 21 in observance of the Shaheed Day
 arrow Power crisis worsens as 3 transformers stolen in N'ganj
Three electric transformers were stolen from different places in Narayanganj within eight days from February 5 to 12, worsening the power crisis in the region.
 arrow Razzak protests Bhuiyan's remarks on CG
Awami League presidium member Abdur Razzak in a statement yesterday protested the remarks of LGRD and Cooperatives minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan regarding non-availability of neutral person for the next
 arrow Int'l Youth Summit begins today
A five-day Beyond Borders International Youth Summit will begin in the city today.
 arrow CPD activities reviewed
The 25th meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Centre for Policy Dia-logue (CPD) was held in its Dialogue Room yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Tributes paid to journo Mukul
Journalist Shafiqul Aziz Mukul was a brave and honest person who never compromised his principles and he withdrew himself from politics as he was not used to flattery.
 arrow Adv Zainul secy general of Huda-led BJAF
Ruling BNP Law Secretary Advocate Zainul Abedin was elected secretary general of a faction of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum (BJAF) led by Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday.
 arrow Book on court martial hits Ekushey Fair
A newly published book on the court martial that took place after the killing of President Ziaur Rahman has arrived at the Ekushey Book Fair being held at the Bangla Academy in the city.
 arrow 2000 more students receive prizes
Over 2000 students of different schools in Dhaka city received prizes yesterday, the last day of prize giving ceremony of a book reading programme organised by the Bishwa Sahitya Kendra.
 arrow Pro-whip BNP faction stages showdown in Khulna
A faction of city BNP staged a showdown against its rival group in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ex-JCD leader Mamun dead
Former Dhaka University Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leader Mostafizul Islam Mamun passed away due to cardiac arrest at a city hospital last night at the age of 34.
 arrow Shamsuzzoha Day observed
Shaheed Dr Shamsuzzoha Day was observed at Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday in a befitting manner. The RU authorities marked the day as 'Teachers' Day'.
 arrow Women urged to be careful about breast cancer
Doctors at a seminar in the city urged women to be careful about breast and uterus cancer that are most prevalent among them, says a press release.
 arrow Shykh Seraj honoured
Unitrend Ltd., an advertising agency, honoured TV personality Shykh Seraj as the 'Son of the Soil' at a ceremony at the Spectra Convention Centre in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Workshop on basic life support for schools held
A daylong training workshop on basic life support for schools in Bangladesh ended at Birdem in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow $6m UNDP scheme for CHT development
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has prepared a six million dollar project for development of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) and employment creation by utilising local resources.
 arrow Lorries queue for fuel at Balashi
Tank lorries are queuing for diesel at Balashi floating depot, which is dry for last two weeks.
 arrow 'Taher murdered as killers of Yunus went unpunished'
Rajshahi city unit of Peshajibi Samonnoy Parishad, coordination council of professionals, yesterday staged a sit-in on the campus protesting killing of university teachers Prof Muhammad Yunus and Prof
 arrow Khagrachhari road barricade withdrawn
The indefinite road barricades at Etchhani, Gamaridala, Kamalchhari and Khagrachhari were withdrawn yesterday evening on the 7th day of the programme following talks between local leaders of indigenous
 arrow Hartal in Moulvibazar villages for gas
A dawn to dusk hartal was observed in three unions in Moulvibazar yesterday to press ther demand for gas supply.
 arrow Fishing trawler sinks in Bay: 4 missing
Four fishermen are missing as a trawler, caught in gusty wind, sank in the Bay of Bengal about 17 kilometers from Kuakata coast on Friday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The state of the republic
About three weeks back President George W. Bush told the US Congress and the world that "the state of the union is strong, and together we will make it stronger.
 arrow Building bridges between faiths
The "cartoon" story is filling column inches around the world but I think the two best pieces on the subject are by Robert Fiske and M.J.
 arrow Fortress Dhaka
A key to understanding a city's performance in providing a decent civic life to its citizens is to explore its relationship between the public and private domain.
Culturearrow 'Recent sculpture and other works'
Renowned sculptor professor Hamiduzzaman Khan's 12-day solo art exhibition is on.
 arrow Photography exhibition at JU
In an altruistic attempt to raise funds for the treatment of one of their ailing friends, the students of Bangla department of Jahangirnagar University (JU) in cooperation with Anandan, a cultural organisation
 arrow Reshmi rolls on the camera
Reshmi Ahmed, a filmmaker, has five films to her credit.
 arrow Putting light on the marginalised
A local NGO, Paritran, arranged an innovative cultural programme today to generate awareness about the rights of marginalised people.
 arrow Madonna hospitalised
Pop queen Madonna underwent surgery for a hernia shortly after giving a show-stopping and energetic dance performance at last week's Grammy awards, her publicist said Friday.
Internationalarrow Libya blames Italy for deadly cartoon protest
Libya yesterday blamed Italy for a deadly riot that left 10 people dead and Rome's consulate in the city of Benghazi ablaze, the deadliest protest yet against the cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM).
 arrow US asks Palestinians to return $50m aid
The United States has asked the Palestinian Authority to return $50 million in US aid because Washington does not want a Hamas-led government to have the funds, the State Department said on Friday.
 arrow India, France likely to ink nuke deal
India and France are expected to sign bilateral agreements for cooperation in civil nuclear and defence sectors as French President Jacques Chirac arrives here today for a three-day official visit that
 arrow Kashmiri militants dubious of Manmohan's peace overtures
As Indian premier Manmohan Singh met a Kashmiri pro-independence leader Friday, other separatists said they would not attend a roundtable on ending a decades-old dispute over the Himalayan region.
 arrow Landslide survivors lucky to be alive
Two battered and bruised young children were among the few lucky to be still alive yesterday after being plucked from a sea of mud that buried their village in the central Philippines.
 arrow Indian minister offers cash for beheading of cartoonists
An Indian state government minister has offered a reward of 11.5 million dollars for the beheading of any of the cartoonists who drew the controversial images of the Prophet Mohammed.
 arrow Bush defends Indo-US nuke deal
US President George W. Bush defended a controversial US-India agreement on civilian nuclear power as "good policy" and a key issue ahead of his early March visit to South Asia.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Blundering Biman
The latest dismal news from the grim annals of Bangladesh Biman is that the flight schedules have been more or less eviscerated due to the airline attempting to reach too many different destinations with
 arrow Editorial: Child theft
It has been reported that an organised group of criminals are operating at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and kidnapping children, including newborns admitted there.
 arrow Framing overseas employment policy
Framing a policy for the overseas employment of Bangladeshi citizens has been in the news for over a year.
 arrow Donors to dictate government policy
The government has now agreed to accommodate direct involvement of the multilateral lenders and the donor agencies in formulating government policies.
Letters to Editorarrow Road accidents
Every day some people are killed in road accidents. Apparently, nobody is taking notice of the problem. It looks like the concerned authorities have turned a blind eye to this problem.
 arrow Western world's views
I have been watching a lot of discussion in the western media for the last couple of weeks.
 arrow Traffic mismanagement
Transports plying the Rampura Road always remain overloaded, as thousands of people living in this area have to pass through this road. The worst is the Rampura Bazar point.
Star Healtharrow A lifesaving technique
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a lifesaving technique useful in many emergencies, including heart attack or near drowning, in which someone's breathing or heartbeat has stopped.
 arrow First successful paediatric renal transplant performed in the country
Even two months back, Bishanath Chandra Sarkar could not understand what to do. The poor peasant spent everything for his beloved eldest son who had been suffering from end stage kidney disease.
 arrow An atypical presentation of malaria
Sanjit Barman 20 from village Noyna of Munshigonj district admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU) of Shahabuddin Medical College Hospital with the complains of headache for 7 days, unconsciousness
 arrow Know your medicine
While sitting in a relative's medical store in small town of Magura in a hot summer day I found a customer asking "why do you give this medicine, it is not for children".
 arrow Protect your ears: Limit iPod use
The ever-popular earbuds used with many iPods and other MP3 players may be more stylish than the bigger and bulkier earmuff-type headphones, but they may also be more damaging to one's hearing, according
 arrow Botox injections help with voice problem
Most people think of Botox injections as a way to achieve smoother skin, but new research indicates that this treatment can also help with a voice problem called adductory spasmodic dysphonia (AdSD).
 arrow World Health Day 2006: Working together for health
Health workers - the people who provide health care to those who need it - are the heart of health systems.
 arrow Announcement
Star Health will start a new column "Your Doctor". This is to help our readers to know more about their health related matters. Please send your queries through e-mail (starhealth@thedailystar.net).
Star Cityarrow No respite from traffic jam
Banning rickshaws on some streets in Dhaka has hardly contributed to the reduction of traffic congestion in the capital.
 arrow Centre in want of better maintenance, display
Although the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) holds in its possession a very rich collection of memorabilia on the language movement, the collection centre itself is lies in a poor condition.
 arrow A man who tunes life on his flute
"I have been in this job for the last 16 years," said Amir Hamja, 32, who lures his customers into buying flutes with the melodious tunes he brings on the flute he is playing in front of the Russian Cultural
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