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Front Pagearrow Police forces turned into political lackey
Forced retirement, contractual appointment, promotion and posting on political grounds in the last four years seem to have demoralised the police administration, which, many fear, will soon become a mere
 arrow Biman cuts int'l flights, to lease 2 aircraft to maintain schedule
Amidst schedule chaos, the Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday decided to cut in international flights as an immediate solution and lease two aircraft to improve upon its dwindling fleet.
 arrow Nothing but age changes for the extreme poor
On this vast char land in the north, nothing changes but age. In the fading twilight, Sakhina wraps the pink wrapper around her tight and walks fast, cutting across a wheat field.
 arrow CEC keeps his two old colleagues in dark
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz and two new election commissioners yesterday sat to review the progress of the controversial work of preparing a fresh voter list but refused to reveal details
 arrow Power shortage may double in summer
With the summer nearing fast, the gap between the electricity supply and demand is widening, making the power crisis across the country even graver.
 arrow Strict border vigilance to prevent entry of Indian poultry
The government has asked the Bangladesh Rifles and police to strengthen vigilance on the borders to ensure that no poultry products and pet birds enter into the country from India, where lethal avianflu
 arrow Urea dearth adds to farmers' woe
With the farmers already smarting from acute crises of diesel and power, a dearth of fertiliser has been added to the miseries of the peak boro season creating worry of huge crop loss.
 arrow Villagers feel helpless before cops, goons
Villagers of Miton and Krishnapur in Savar are still in the grip of panic.
 arrow Cabinet talks much-changed procurement law today
The draft Public Procurement Law, 2006 has undergone a sea change with some sections deleted or modified and a few new ones added that frustrates the very aim of the law -- to bring transparency in public
 arrow Khaleda seeks mandate again in next polls
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to re-elect the four-party alliance in the next polls to make the country self-reliant in all sectors by continuing the current development programmes.
 arrow 13 get Ekushey Padak, ministers dropped from list
The Prime Minister's Office has approved the list of 13 personalities for the Ekushey Padak excluding the names of five nominated ministers.
 arrow Ershad slams govt for putting blame on media
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday came down heavily on the ruling coalition for blaming the media for the fuel and power crises in the country. "There is a serious crisis of fuel and power.
 arrow AL leader loses hand to bomb in Khulna
A ward unit president of Awami League (AL) was critically injured in a bomb attack in front of the party office at Phulbari Gate in Khulna last night.
 arrow Bangladesh meet Sri Lanka in first ODI today
The Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra will be baptised as an international venue today when Bangladesh take on visiting Sri Lanka in their first one-day international of a three-match series here.
 arrow Kafco to set up $500m second plant
Country's top joint-venture fertilizer company, Karnaphuli Fertilizer Company Limited (Kafco), will set up a second unit at a cost of $500 million.
 arrow Gujarat poultry farmer dies of avian flu
A poultry farmer died of suspected avian flu in western state of Gujarat while health workers yesterday carried out mass culling and vaccination of chickens in neighbouring Maharashtra state, a day after
 arrow Hasina vows to force govt to accept reforms
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat alliance government would be forced to fulfil the opposition's proposed reforms to the caretaker government system and the Election
 arrow Salma Khan clarifies
In a clarification to The Daily Star report published on February 9 with the headline "3 new envoys appointed, one gets extension", Salma Khan, a member of UN Cedaw, pointed out she is an elected member
 arrow Mohiuddin denies his involvement
Dr Mia Muhammad Mohiuddin claimed to be innocent in front of a magistrate yesterday after he had confessed to the police that he and Rajshahi University Islami Chhatra Shibir President Mahbubul Alam
 arrow BB clarifies terms for rescheduling
Bangladesh Bank in a clarification yesterday said it did not soften conditions for rescheduling of default loans.
 arrow EU team due today
A four-member delegation of parliamentarians from European Union (EU) countries arrives today in Dhaka on a six-day visit.
 arrow Tripura seeks rail services with Dhaka
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has sought rail services between the northeastern Indian state and Bangladesh.
 arrow Israel slaps sanctions on Hamas regime
Israel imposed a range of sanctions yesterday on the incoming Hamas-led Palestinian government as the radical Islamists confirmed Ismail Haniya as their choice to become the new prime minister.
Businessarrow Manpower export shows uptrend
The country's manpower export has been showing an upward trend since October last year after posting a 19 percent decline in the first half of 2005, according to sources in the ministry of expatriatewelfare
 arrow MCCI chief seeks role of national companies for economic growth
President of Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) Latifur Rahman yesterday underscored the need for a greater role of the national companies for the country's economic development.
 arrow Macroeconomic performance of South Asian economies
Following are the conclusions of a keynote paper on 'Macroeconomic Performance of South Asian Economies: A Comparative Perspective on Bangladesh', prepared by Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, executive director,
 arrow Bangladesh firms get Tk 8cr order
Bangladesh received spot and prospective orders worth Tk 8 crore in the just-concluded Frankfurt International Trade Fair held in Germany.
 arrow Chinese urged to invest in Bangladesh's textile sector
Bangladeshi businesspeople yesterday urged their Chinese counterparts to invest in Bangladesh especially in the textile sector to increase trade and investment between the two countries.
 arrow Local firms take part in US RMG fair beginning today
Bangladesh takes part in a four-day international apparel show in Las Vegas, USA, beginning today.
 arrow Rehab team leaves for EU countries today
A 15-member delegation of Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) will leave Dhaka for some European Union countries today on a mission to gather knowledge about the latest housing technologies.
 arrow US faces limited options in trade fight with China
Reminiscent of 1980s Japan-bashing, Washington is revving up criticism of China to rectify a burgeoning trade deficit, but its options are limited and any retaliatory actions could backfire, analystssay.
 arrow SEC fines M Hossain Garments directors
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined directors, managing director, and company secretary of M Hossain Garments Washing and Dyeing Limited Tk1 lakh each for violation of SEC directive.
 arrow Bank Asia holds annual confce
The 'Annual Conference-2006' of Bank Asia Ltd was held on Friday at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel. M Syeduzzaman, chairman of the bank, inaugurated the conference.
 arrow Malaysia eyes 20m tourist arrivals in 2007
Malaysia is hoping to attract some 20.1 million tourists in 2007, up from 15.7 million in 2004 and hopes to increase revenues by 50 percent, officials were quoted as saying Sunday.
 arrow China's biggest state bank aims to go public in 2006
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), the biggest state bank in terms of assets, said that it was endeavouring to go public at an "appropriate time" this year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers look to Kapali
Bangladesh pin their hopes on Alok Kapali to show something different against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here today.
 arrow Cricket: The fighter's last bout
People of Bogra will witness two small pieces of history when the otherwise sleepy town across the mighty Jamuna river stages its first-ever one-day international cricket match today.
 arrow Cricket: Sylhet crush Khulna
In spite of Nazmus Sadat's anchoring 95 and a rearguard action by Mohammad Salim (37) and Manjurul Islam (33) during a 60-run ninth wicket stand, Khulna crashed to a 141-run home loss to Sylhet in the
 arrow Cricket: Marauding Yuvraj, Dhoni
Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Dhoni powered India to another comfortable eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the fifth and final one-day international here on Sunday to clinch the series 4-1.
 arrow Cricket: Bogra goes crazy but arrangements not satisfactory
There is no doubt about a full house in the newly approved Shaheed Chandu Stadium here today during the first international match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan keep Under-19 WC
Fast bowler Anwar Ali grabbed three wickets in his opening over as Pakistan retained the under-19 cricket World Cup with a sensational 38-run win over India in the final here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid crosses 9,000-run mark
India captain Rahul Dravid became the fourth Indian and eighth batsman to score over 9,000 runs in one-day internationals on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho rules on return
Ronaldinho was in inspirational form as he returned to lead Barcelona to a 5-1 home victory over an unfortunate Real Betis in the Primera Liga on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juve held by strugglers
Juventus coach Fabio Capello admitted struggling Sicilians Messina gave his side one of their hardest games of the season after Saturday's entertaining 2-2 Serie A draw.
 arrow Football: Maradona's Argentina too good for Brazil!
Diego Maradona scored twice to lead Argentina 8-4 over Brazil in an indoor soccer exhibition between former national team players from both countries here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Smith ruled out of World Cup
Alan Smith will definitely miss the World Cup after suffering a horror injury in Manchester United's FA Cup defeat at Liverpool but his agent has dismissed reports the midfielder's career could be over.
 arrow Chess: Eva one win away from title
Nazrana Khan Eva is within sight of clinching the national title when she stretched her collection to 8.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam stays as Pak captain
Inzamamul Haq has been retained as Pakistan captain until the end of this year despite his team's one-day series defeat against arch-rivals India, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Blackwell's reminder
Left-arm spinner Ian Blackwell staked his claim for a berth in England's team for the upcoming Test series in India with four wickets in a warm-up match here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Church leaders against football exploitation
Church leaders have issued a plea five months before the World Cup begins for an end to the "shameful" work conditions in factories manufacturing footballs.
 arrow Hockey: 38 called for Asian Games hockey squad
Bangladesh Hockey Federation yesterday named a 38-member preliminary squad for the national team which will participate in the Asian Games this year in Qatar.
Metropolitanarrow Include environment, socio-economic issues in coal policy: Experts
Experts yesterday called for incorporating environmental and socio-economic issues in the country's coal policy to avert any possible disasters during or after the extraction of coal from the mines.
 arrow Build a world free from conflicts
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called upon the young generation to acquire adequate knowledge to build a brave new world free from conflicts by facing the recent challenges.
 arrow Eviction of over 20-yr-old vehicles begins in Mar
Eviction of more than 20-year-old diesel-run buses, minibuses and trucks from the city will begin next month in a bid to keep its air free from pollution.
 arrow Hearing in case against Mirza Abbas, 5 others begins today
The hearing in the constable Abu Naser murder case against Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas, his brother Mirza Khokon and four others will begin at a Dhaka court today.
 arrow Routes to Shaheed Minar, Azimpur Graveyard

 arrow 'Launch mass awareness campaign against POPs'
Experts at a national workshop yesterday urged the government and NGOs to launch a mass awareness campaign highlighting the negative effects of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), a class of toxic chemical
 arrow Make all probe reports public: Dr Kamal
Gono Forum and Jatiya Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday demanded of the government to make public all investigation reports on the series of bombings and killings that terrified the entire
 arrow New UN resident coordinator calls on President
Newly appointed UN resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Bangladesh Renata Lok Dessallien made a courtesy call on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Nazimullah new envoy to UAE
ATM Nazimullah Chowdhury has been appointed Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates.
 arrow PCJSS stages demonstration in Rangamati
The district unit of Parbattya Chattagram Jono Sangahaty Samity (PCJSS) staged a demonstration in front of the office of Deputy Commissioner in Rangamati yesterday, demanding dispossession of the settlers
 arrow JMB Chittagong commander on fresh remand
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Chittagong divisional commander Javed Iqbal alias Mohammad was taken on a five-day police remand yesterday for interrogation on his involvement in blasting bombsin
 arrow Qulkhwani
Qulkhwani of journalist A Z M Haider will be held at his residence at Dhanmondi Road No-6, House No 24 in the city after Maghrib prayers today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Processions, rallies in Nilphamari demanding diesel, fertiliser
Nilphamari turned into a town of processions and rallies yesterday as different political parties and farmers' organisations came on the streets and besieged the Deputy Commissioner's office one after
 arrow No aid, only hollow promises
Gobindakati, a remote village in Kaligonj upazila, known as a poultry village in Khulna division, is still without power supply, link roads and other facilities despite promises by government leaders,
 arrow Grabbers turn Bairan river into a narrow canal
Bairan river flowing through Gopalpur town in Tangail has turned into a narrow canal within a few years due to land grabbing along its banks.
 arrow Jute needs a boost for new life
Golden fibre jute may have a new beginning, thanks to the innovative skill of some people in a remote village in Nilphamari.
 arrow Two units of Kaptai plant inoperative
Two units of the 230-megawatt (MW) hydroelectric plant at Kaptai are inoperative for lack of renovation. Each of the units could produce 50 MW of electricity. At present, three units are inoperation.
 arrow Water filters by villagers earn forex
BRAHMANBARIA: A water filter made by a villager only to have pure drinking water is now an export item and a good business for many.
 arrow 'Govt indifference' blamed for Monga
President of Bangladesh Garments Manufacturing and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Tipu Munshi yesterday criticised the government for what he called its indifference towards greater Rangpur as regardssupply
 arrow Road barricades in Moulvibazar
People put up barricades on the Moulvibazar-Shamsernagar road at Shamsernagar, Munshibazar, Chaitraghat and Matarkapon from 6 am to 12 noon yesterday protesting Saturday's death of two persons from
 arrow 6 held in JCD leader murder case
Kotwali police on Friday arrested six accused in JCD leader Shafique Murder Case in Rupganj Police Station from a house in Jessore town.
Point-Counterpointarrow Separating the myths from the facts about Phulbari
There is a heap of coal in Bangladesh -- and by most counts it is worth mining.
 arrow Mass arrest and law enforcement
The undeniably irregular and unbearably pathetic mass arrest of hapless people in a blatantly indiscriminate manner in the wake of the Long March program of the major opposition party is a definite manifestation
 arrow On Sheikh Hasina's proposals
Leader of Bangladesh Awami League Sheikh Hasina has made it known anew -- though it is not anything new -- what was in the hearts of millions in Bangladesh.
Culturearrow Alpana: Between two worlds
Speaking about her work, Morshida Arzu Alpana says," Here at the Bengal Gallery what you see new in my work is the silk screen medium.
 arrow Shykh Seraj talks about his groundbreaking programme
Hridoye Mati O Manush<.i>, a documentary programme on contemporary agro-economics and development, has attracted thousands of viewers.
 arrow Construction of Chhayanaut Bhaban in full swing
Chhayanaut, the music school has now become synonymous with celebrating all the major festivals of the country, including ‘Nabobarsho’ (Bangla New Year).
 arrow Ekushey celebrations organised by HSBC
HSBC has drawn up a unique programme to celebrate Ekushey. A microbus will ply on the roads of Dhaka city on February 20 and 21 and arrange shows at several important venues.
 arrow Homage to eminent actor Golam Mustafa
To observe Ekushey and pay homage to eminent actor Golam Mustafa, Bangladesh Abbriti Shamonnay Parishad (BASP) will organise a poetry recitation programme, titled Ekusher Krishnochura Amader Chetonarei
 arrow Padatik Natya Sangsad celebrates Ekushey
Padatik Natya Sangsad has arranged a cultural event on February 21 at the Rabindra Sarobar to observe Ekushey. Activist of Language Movement poet Mahbubul Alam will inaugurate the programme at 7:30 am.
 arrow Special TV play Haraf on February 21
With Ekushey February round the corner, Channel i will telecast a special TV play Haraf on February 21 at 7.50pm. Ferdous Hasan has penned the story. He is also the director of the play.
Generalarrow Adequate electricity, fertiliser, for farmers demanded
Speakers at a rally yesterday said the northern part of the country will face famine like situation if the government does not provide adequate electricity, fertiliser and diesel to the farmers immediately.
 arrow Unesco roundtable in Paris on Feb 24
Representatives from across the globe including Bangladesh will participate in an international roundtable at Unesco headquarters in Paris on February 24 to raise voice about the necessity of women'saccess
 arrow 50 injured in B'baria road accident
At least 50 passengers were injured when a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Bariura in Sadar upazila on Dhaka-Sylhet highway yesterday.
 arrow Car hijacked in city
Muggers hijacked a silver colour Toyota Premio car intercepting the owner of the car at Agargaon area (southern road of Islamic Foundation) in the city at around 11:30pm on Saturday when he was goinghome
 arrow British HC closed on Feb 21
British High Commission in Dhaka and its office in Sylhet will remain closed to the public on February 21 on the occasion of the International Mother Language Day.
Internationalarrow Nepali king invites parties for talks
Nepal's King Gyanendra made his first formal approach to the country's estranged political parties yesterday, urging them to join talks and try to put democracy back on track.
 arrow Pak leader in China to boost ties
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf arrived in China yesterday on a visit that analysts said would focus on anti-terrorism cooperation, trade and technological assistance.
 arrow Quiet search for signs of life in mud
Tired mud-caked rescuers carefully set down a bloated cadaver on a blue tarpaulin in this once vibrant Philippine farming village.
 arrow EU to make new nuke appeal to Iran
European officials will make a fresh appeal to Iran today to halt sensitive nuclear activities, warning its foreign minister on a rare trip to Brussels that the West is fast running out of patience.
 arrow Deadly cartoon riots kill 16 in Nigeria
Deadly protests over cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM) spread in Africa, killing 16 people in Nigeria on Saturday a day after claiming 11 lives in Libya.
 arrow French president in India for nuke talks
French President Jacques Chirac arrived in India yesterday for a whistle-stop visit aimed at bolstering trade and civilian nuclear cooperation with the emerging economic powerhouse.
 arrow Human rights situation worsening in Myanmar
Myanmar has made no transition towards democracy and the humanitarian situation is worsening under the military government, a UN's rights envoy said in his final report to the world body.
 arrow Suicide bombers warn US, UK of attacks
An Iranian group that claims its members are dedicated to becoming suicide bombers warned the United States and Britain on Saturday that they will strike coalition military bases in Iraq if Tehran's nuclear
 arrow Pakistan test fires missile
Pakistan successfully test-fired a short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Sunday, a military statement said.
 arrow Lanka govt heads for talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's peace delegations were headed yesterday for talks in Geneva after a prisoner swap aimed at building confidence ahead of a crucial meeting to save their troubled truce, officials said.
 arrow Saudi dailies publish Danish paper's cartoon apology
Saudi Arabian newspapers yesterday printed an apology by the Danish paper whose cartoons lampooning Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM) have sparked deadly protests around the world.
 arrow Ahmedabad on high alert after blast
India's western Ahmedabad city was placed on high alert yesterday after 25 people were injured, three of them seriously, in a bomb blast at the main railway station, police said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chief Justice's timely comments on politics
The Chief Justice's (CJ) comment on the state of our politics is very timely. It is very welcome and laudatory too because it not only states the reality, it also truly reflects the sentiment of the masses.
 arrow Editorial: Bird flu in the neighbourhood
For quite sometime we have been reading various reports in the media worldwide about the outbreak and spread of the deadly H5N1 virus of the bird flu in Asia.
 arrow An uneasy alliance now brought to the brink?
During the wee hours of September 13, 2001, only two days after the fateful event of 9/11, the US Secretary of State Colin Powell made a telephone call to Pakistan's General Musharraf demanding to know
 arrow The missing links of a democracy
The last few weeks were important for both Bangladeshi and Canadian politics. The Canadians voted out the Liberal Party that ruled Canada for the last 12 years.
 arrow In this beloved land of ours
Living in Bangladesh, particularly for a middle class citizen, is not easy. Living here for an individual, even for a Bengali whose generations have lived here for decades, is indeed highly stressful.
Letters to Editorarrow Biman in bad shape
Your front-page news item (18 Feb) under the above heading is very disturbing and sad news for a national flag carrier.
 arrow Reforms
For some time now one of the major political parties has been agitating for reforms in the Election Commission and caretaker government i.e.
 arrow Denmark and freedom of expression
There is a country in this world where the government maintains a list of approved names for new born babies. The citizens of this country must choose a name from this list.
 arrow Costly Planetarium!
I read a news article about Planetarium "Bhasani Novo Theatre". It read as follows; "The planetarium after political tangles for years was finally set up at a cost of Tk 133 crore at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.
 arrow Bishwa Ijtema: alternative site
I very much appreciate the opinion expressed by Air Cdre Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury on Feb 08 in your daily regarding shifting of the present Ijtema site from the bank of river Turag in Tongi to eitherside
 arrow Killing of teachers
I think nobody will overlook the consequences of the nasty student and teacher politics in the public universities.
 arrow Be compassionate
In recent years, mother's day, father's day, Valentine's day etc. have been introduced only to serve the interests of companies which sell greeting cards.
 arrow An abrupt end
The dream has been shattered, the enthusiasm has died. The dream run of the Bangladesh under-19 cricket team had an abrupt end. The early exit from the quarter finals was quite unexpected.
 arrow Weather forecast by TV stations
I find that except BTV other TV channels in Bangladesh do not telecast "Weather Forecast" for the benefit of their viewers.
 arrow Dealing with corruption
After being five times champions in corruption according to TIB reports, we have seen a number of dialogues, seminars or discussions throughout this country. An interesting article by Dr. Md.
 arrow "Bhalobasha Dibosh"
Valentine's Day, a festival of love, has been celebrated in Bangladesh almost every year with high fervour following other cultures.
 arrow Biharis' plight
It is really a pity that when the Election Commission has very rightly, following the relevant High Court decision, taken up the task of enlisting the so-called BIHARIS in the 2006 voters list, oneDhaka
 arrow On TV
On the evening of 10th Muharram Ashura, I saw a programme on Boishaki television. The progra-mme was regarding the significance of Ashura. The panel consisted of three learned scholars of Islam.
 arrow International Mother Language Day
On this auspicious occasion 170 communities' leaders, scholars, poets and writers will adorn the speakers' chairs and Premier Dalton MacGuinty and Mayor David Miller will declare the International Mother
Star Cityarrow From PM's residence to Bangla Academy
The building from where firing on the Language Movement procession on February 21, 1952 was pronounced is now the prime centre for practice, research and enhancement of Bangla.
 arrow Vibrant with people from all walks
People from all walks of life lined in front of Bangla Academy to enter the annual Ekushey Boimela (book fair).
 arrow Creating better world for autistic children
"Talking aloud to the world on the condition of my autistic child is the toughest challenge I have ever faced," said Farhana Rahman, mother of a 9-year-old autistic boy.
 arrow A witness to February 21, 1952
Rowshan Ara Rahman is one of the students of Dhaka University during the historic Language Movement in 1952. She witnessed the supreme sacrifice of the students for the dignity of Bangla as the statelanguage.
 arrow Eggs with expiry date yet to hit Dhaka markets
Although a Jessore-based farm has recently started marketing eggs with expiry dates for the first time in the country, the consumers of Dhaka have not yet seen such eggs in any shops.
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