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Front Pagearrow Rahman, Bangla Bhai get 40 years
A trial court here yesterday sentenced top Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders Abdur Rahman, Bangla Bhai, Molla Omar and Amzad alias Khalid Saifullah to 40 years' rigorous imprisonment for abetting
 arrow No clear provision kept for punishing violators
The cabinet yesterday passed the draft of much-talked about Public Procurement Act, 2006 without keeping any clear-cut provision for punishment in case of violating the law.
 arrow Nation pays homage to language martyrs
Thousands of people barefoot and singing paid homage to the Language Movement martyrs of 1952 in Dhaka with the clock striking a minute past midnight to mark a day of supreme sacrifice.
 arrow Turn in exports turns the wheels too
Five years ago, Reshma came to Dhaka city to work as a maid. That was a 24-hour job, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
 arrow Tata finds discussions brought convergence on four major issues
Dismissing stalemate over its investment negotiation with the government, Indian giant Tata says the talks so far brought a general convergence of views on four out of six major issues.
 arrow Economic growth did not benefit grassroots
Bangladesh has been maintaining macroeconomic stability over a long period but could not achieve the expected growth and the result of whatever growth it had posted did not reach the grassroots level,
 arrow Pvt land phone operators asked to start service in 6 months
Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) yesterday gave an ultimatum to private land phone operators to start their operations within the next six months, warning them that it would cancel
 arrow Outage causes severe water crisis in city
An acute water crisis and frequent power cuts has gripped a vast part of the capital even before the onset of summer.
 arrow EC starts work today on draft voter list as enumeration ends
Preparation of a draft electoral roll begins today while the Election Commission (EC) maintained its silence about the current status of the work of controversial fresh voter list even on the last day
 arrow Tigers surrender meekly to Sri Lanka
Enthusiasm was at its zenith when Bangladesh cricketers returned to action after six months to play the first-ever one-day international at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here on Monday.
 arrow India says bird flu under control
Amid continuing chicken-culling operation in Maharashtra and Gujarat, India yesterday said the outbreak of the dreaded bird flu in Navapur area of Maharashtra was under control and no case of humans infected
 arrow Logic, talks should replace conflict
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for upholding the spirit and pride of Ekushey by resolving all problems without the influence or interference of others.
 arrow ACC asks audit to look into retired officials' woes
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday asked the officials of audit and accounts department to take steps to curb the sufferings the retired government officials face while getting pensions.
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 arrow Cabinet okays bill to amend CrPC
The cabinet yesterday approved a bill seeking amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), 1898 in a bid to separate the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow PM replies to Bush letter
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has given reply to a recent letter by US President George W Bush, Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan said yesterday without disclosing its contents.
 arrow Cops club fertiliser hungry farmers
A farmer was injured yesterday as police clubbed hundreds of fertiliser-hungry farmers to free an upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) whom the farmers had confined to a store at Shahpur Bazar in Dumuria ofKhulna.
 arrow Production of LPG suspended
Production of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Petrobangla run Rupantarita Prakritik Gas Company Limited (RPGCL) is suspended as supply of the raw material, natural gas liquid (NGL), from the two gaswells
Businessarrow GDP to grow 6.5pc in FY 06
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has estimated a 6.
 arrow Dhaka must follow 'restrictive measures' for gas export
Leader of an Indian trade delegation yesterday said Bangladesh must take some 'restrictive measures' while selling or exporting its gas or other mineral resources to any prospective investors to safeguard
 arrow Prime Bank asked to send info on shareholding position
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday asked Prime Bank to provide it with information on shareholding position of the bank's sponsor directors and directors.
 arrow Managing investment financing dilemma
In recent times, economic policy makers of Bangladesh are facing a major dilemma regarding how to finance the country's future growth.
 arrow Asia Energy plans exclusive terminal for coal shipment
Asia Energy Corporation (Bangladesh) Pvt Ltd yesterday announced plans to build a $40 million river terminal in Khulna to handle shipment of up to eight million tonnes of coal from its Phulbari coalmine.
 arrow US Congressman Crowley meets BGMEA leaders today
US Congressman Joseph F Crowley, co-chair of congressional Bangladeshi Caucus, will arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day unofficial visit.
 arrow Airbus, Indian clinch deal for 43 planes
Hoping for a major business tie and civil nuclear co-operation with India, French President Jacques Chirac yesterday held talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here as the two countries signed
 arrow China faces uphill task on job front
Imagine 25 million men and women about the combined population of Australia and New Zealand pressing for new jobs.
 arrow IBA career fair ends on high note
The two-day career fair, organised by Institute of Business Administration (IBA) of Dhaka University, ended yesterday on a high note.
 arrow FDI in China up nearly 11pc in January
Foreign direct investment in China rose nearly 11 percent in January compared with a year earlier, following a decline in 2005, the government said Monday. Foreign direct investment gained 10.
 arrow Bank holiday today
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) and all scheduled banks will remain closed today on the occasion of Shaheed Day and International Mother Language Day, a press release said yesterday.
 arrow Bangla-Thai chamber team leaves for Thailand
A 14-member delegation of the Bangladesh-Thai Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BTCCI) left Dhaka Sunday for Thailand in a bid to explore Bangladesh's export potential to the Southeast Asian country.
 arrow Hino plans assembly plant in Canada
Hino Motors, a Toyota subsidiary, said Monday it is considering a plant to assemble trucks in Canada, becoming the first Japanese maker to build trucks in the country.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mismatch spoils north's party
If anybody raised questions after Habibul Bashar's men's woeful performance in the first-one-day international against Sri Lanka on Monday that whether there was any need to hold this kind of a mismatch
 arrow Cricket: Ticket scandal mars play
Harun-ur-Rashid came to the Sha-heed Chandu Sta-dium on Monday along with five family members to be a part of a historic event, but they had to leave the ground in sheer frustration.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
Legendary Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram will give his expert opinion on every match day during the ongoing series between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka only to The Daily Star Sport.
 arrow Cricket: Shame!
While thousands of people enjoyed international cricket at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here yesterday, the family of the martyr of the Liberation War after whom the venue is named, spent a quiet day at
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud signs off in style
His colleagues have failed to give him a fitting farewell but Khaled Mahmud once again proved why he has been dubbed a fighter all these years.
 arrow Cricket: 'We will bounce back'
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan is confident his team needs just one good match to recover from the devastating 4-1 one-day series loss to India.
 arrow Cricket: Sourav should go: Ajit
Ajit Wadekar, the former India captain, said it was time for Sourav Ganguly to step down.
 arrow Chess: Rani Hamid's 15th national crown
International Woman Master Rani Hamid regained the national women's chess title after one year when Nazrana Khan Eva showed her nerves in the final round yesterday.
 arrow Football: Champs League time again
The Champions League returns this week after the winter recess with titleholders Liverpool in high spirits for the last-16 first leg tie at Benfica buoyed by their weekend FA Cup victory over age-oldrivals
 arrow Football: Totti blow in Roma record
Roma defeated Empoli 1-0 here on Sunday to equal the record of 10 consecutive Serie A wins and snatch fourth place from Fiorentina in the race for Champions League places next season.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo leaving Real?
Brazil striker Ronaldo paved the way for his departure from Real Madrid at the end of the season by saying he has never felt loved by the club's fickle fans.
 arrow Cricket: England make winning start to India tour
England made a winning start to their Indian tour with a morale-boosting 238-run victory over the Cricket Club of India in a three-day practice match here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: India in Yuvraj scare
Yuvraj Singh, India's batting star on the Pakistan tour, could miss the upcoming Test series against England because of a hamstring injury, team officials said on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Mourinho Chelsea's best player'
Coach Jose Mourinho is Chelsea's best player and has imprinted his personality on every member of his squad, according to Barcelona midfielder Deco.
 arrow Football: Regueiro double lifts Valencia
Valencia stay in second place in Primera Liga thanks to their Uruguayan international winger Mario Regueiro, who had two moments of brilliance to earn them a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bravo likely to miss NZ ODIs
West Indies' heavy loss to New Zealand in the first ODI on Saturday was compounded by the realisation that Dwayne Bravo is likely to miss the remaining matches as well.
Metropolitanarrow 'Recognise languages of minority communities'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for recognition and free use of mother languages of all minority communities in the country.
 arrow 7 killed in road accidents
At least seven people were killed and eleven others injured in separate road accidents in Bogra, Comilla and Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Take lessons from Feb 21to topple govt
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday called upon people to be imbued with the spirit of the historic Language Movement to launch the toughest agitation to unseat the four-party alliance government.
 arrow 'Cop action to nab Shibir leader an eyewash’
Police yesterday showed up in a huge number on Rajshahi University (RU) campus trumpeting for the arrest of Mahbubul Alam Shalehi, the lone absconding killer-suspect in Prof S Taher Ahmed murder caseand
 arrow Prothom Alo editor, publisher get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to the editor of the Prothom Alo and its publisher in a defamation case filed by Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas.
 arrow Outlaw killed in 'shoot out’
A regional leader of the outlawed Biplabi Communist Party (BCP) was killed in a 'shoot out' between his accomplices and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Shailakupa upazila of Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow Cuet classes suspended for 10 days as students clash
All academic activities at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Cuet) have been suspended for 10 days following a clash between the students that left four injured, one critically.
 arrow Menon's book launched at Ekushey fair
'Bibidho Prosango', a book by Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, was launched at the Ekushey Book Fair at Bangla Academy in the city yesterday.
 arrow Next hearing on Feb 23
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing of the police constable Abu Naser murder case following a time petition by the defence lawyers of the Public Works Minister Mirza Abbas and four others.
 arrow JCD cadre held with looted money in Sylhet
A cadre of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, was caught while he was fleeing after snatching an amount of Tk 2 lakh from a trader in the city yesterday.
 arrow Hasina seeks continued British aid for dev
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday hoped continued assistance from the UK for development of Bangladesh as British State Minister for Pensions Reform Stephen Timms MP met with
 arrow 25 outsiders arrested from DU halls released
Police picked up 25 outsiders during a raid on four dormitories of Dhaka University in the early hours of yesterday, but they were released 12 hours later.
 arrow Condition of Khulna AL leader critical
Condition of Shaikh Yunus Ali, President of Ward N0-2 unit of Awami League, is not out of danger, said the doctors at the Khulna Medical College Hospital yesterday.
 arrow PM unveils cover of 'Jababdihita’
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia unveiled the cover of a book titled 'Jababdihita' at her office yesterday.
 arrow Farmers urged to be united
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) in a joint statement yesterday urged the peasants and field labourers to be united to fight the electricity, fertiliser and diesel crisis in the country.
 arrow Robbers kill one in Jessore
The robbers killed one man and injured another early morning yesterday in Chowgachha upazila.
 arrow Arshad files case against Tasmima
Arshad Hosein, chief executive-cum-consultant of Ittefaq Group of Publications, yesterday filed a criminal case with a Dhaka court against Tasmima Hossain, wife of the daily Ittefaq Editor Anwar Hossain
 arrow Former female drug users get certificates
A certificate giving ceremony for the marginalised former female drug users was held in the city on Sunday.
 arrow Pizza Hut launches website in Bangla
Pizza Hut, the leading Pizza Restaurants operating in Dhaka and Chittagong, has launched a Bangla version of its website on the eve of this year's the Ekushey February, says a press release.
 arrow Spot quiz on Amar Ekushey
With a view to disseminating knowledge on the glory of 'Amar Ekushey' among the new generation, HSBC arranged a spot quiz competition yesterday.
 arrow Debate exhibition held at British Council
A half-day debate exhibition was held at the British Council in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Outlaws, criminals regrouping under political cover
Kushtia: 'Listed' outlaws and criminals sheltered by their political godfathers are regrouping in terror infested Chuadanga, keeping in view the next parliamentary election.
 arrow Road barricade in Satkhira for fertiliser
Over 2000 farmers yesterday put up a barricade on the Satkhira-Khulna highway in front of Patkelgheta Palli Biddyut Samiti (REB) office in Tala upazila demanding fertilisers.
 arrow BNP leader refutes DC's statement
The general secretary of ruling BNP in Nilphamari yesterday contradicted a statement by the Deputy Commissioner that supply of diesel in the district was normal and its price did not increase.
 arrow 30 women teachers of Gonoshastha schools resign
Thirty women teachers of primary schools run by Gonoshastha Kendra in Thanchi upazila have resigned following continued threat of sexual abuse and kidnap by local indigenous youths.
 arrow Newsmen to be sued for 'false report'
Criminal cases will be filed with the court against the journalists for writing 'false and baseless' reports against government and BNP men.
 arrow Govt apathy responsible, says Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday criticised the government for price hike of diesel, fertilisers, and power crisis in northern districts.
Point-Counterpointarrow 3 is back in fashion
Agriculture, industry and power generation are reeling under self-created crises.
 arrow O-Bangali: Crisis in identity
Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano
Ekushey February
Ami ki bhulite paari

Maybe this is a social and future political suicide, but does no one quite see the irony in those lines of the song?

 arrow Solving the fuel crisis
The recent crisis in petroleum supply has produced chaos and confusion among businesses and individual consumers.
 arrow More clowning at Commerce
The majority of the people became crippled with the persistent pressure of price spiral of all the essential commodities during the last Ramadan.
Culturearrow Images of the Language Movement
In the early 50s there was unrest among the people of the then East Pakistan," says senior artist Emdad Hussain. "The majority of the people were Bangla-speaking, which gave us the right to assert ourselves.
 arrow Ekushey epitomised in tunes
Saying that Bangladesh is a domain opulent with tunes and lush greenery would not be an exaggeration.
 arrow Theatre: Creating Space for Harmony
The Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre Institute's eighth biennial theatre festival, titled 'Theatre: Creating Space for Harmony' begins today.
 arrow TV play Jatishwar on Ekushey
Starring Ahmed Rubel, Masud Ali Khan, Tofa Hossain, Belal Ahmed, Mamun Choudhury, Mohiuddin Bahar and others, the play Jatishwar is written by Aminur Rahman Mukul and directed by Shumon Anwar.
 arrow Special quiz show on Bangla from today
The new quiz show Aa-Kar Ee-Kar tests the contestants' knowledge of Bangla. Akin to a game show, the programme is open to all. Parents can also participate along with the contestants.
Internationalarrow Nepali parties rule out talks with king
Nepal's key opposition parties yesterday ruled out talks with King Gyanendra and vowed to intensify protests to press him to restore democracy in the troubled Himalayan nation.
 arrow Pakistan committed to strong ties with China
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday expressed his nation's regret over the murder of three Chinese engineers in Pakistan and said his country was committed to strong relations with Beijing.
 arrow Hurriyat rejects talks
Kashmir's main separatist alliance yesterday rejected an invitation by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend a conference to boost a peace process in the restive Himalayan region.
 arrow Hamas opens talks with militants
The Islamist group Hamas opened formal talks in Gaza yesterday with other militant factions in a bid to form a new Palestinian government by early next month.
 arrow Iranian officials talk compromise plan
Iranian officials arrived in Moscow yesterday for talks on a Russian-authored plan for resolving the Iranian nuclear crisis, but the chief Iranian delegate rejected any link with Western demands for Tehran
 arrow India, France ink nuke coop declaration
Giving a new dimension to bilateral ties, India and France yesterday inked a landmark document on civilian nuclear cooperation and a defence pact.
 arrow US warns against sectarian Iraq govt
The US ambassador to Iraq warned Iraqi politicians Monday they risk a loss of American support if they do not establish a genuine national unity government, saying the United States will not invest its
 arrow Laden vows never to be captured alive
Osama bin Laden vowed never to be captured alive and said the US military had become as "barbaric" as Saddam Hussein in an audiotape reposted on a militant Islamic Web site after first being broadcast
 arrow Hope of survivor miracle dashed
Hopes were raised and then dashed yesterday that 50 survivors had been pulled from a Philippine school three days after they had been buried in a landslide that has obliterated their village.
 arrow Blast rocks Philippine palace grounds
A loud explosion rocked the grounds of the Philippine presidential palace yesterday, causing no casualties or damage, as a group of self-proclaimed military rebels vowed an "explosive protest" against
Editorialarrow Editorial: Amar Ekushey
Amar Ekushey rekindles the memories of the Language Movement Martyrs, who further glorified our linguistic identity and strengthened the consciousness that gradually transformed into a collective yearning
 arrow Editorial: Don't push the Palestinians to the brink
Nothing can be more disquieting than to see a nation having to pay for exercising their democratic rights.
 arrow February comes before March
Today is February 21, 2006. The month of February is a meaningful month for the people of Bangladesh. It is also a month of mourning.
 arrow A short history of Bangla
The great pride that the Bengali people share today for their mother tongue has evolved through a long course of history.
Letters to Editorarrow Cartoon controversy
"I am offended by the Danish cartoons," says a visibly emotional 'Muslim' of the fundamentalist genre! "Hell with free speech! Freedom of expression does not include the right to offend," he says as
 arrow Pertinent question
Thanks to Pinaki Roy for presenting a mass awareness article. Indeed it is true that the number of addicted women is going up day by day. Why is it happening? Is it their fate? I do not believe.
 arrow Loadshedding
Loadshedding or power cut has become a common affair at Cox's Bazar.
It is usual that the supply of power fails in our town 3/4 times daily without any prior notice.

 arrow Shopping centre locations
The growth of shopping centres in Dhaka seems to be skyrocketing. The improvements made in designing those shopping centres are quite significant and appreciable.
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