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Front Pagearrow Ekushey observed
Reaffirming commitment to the spirit of Amar Ekushey, the nation yesterday observed International Mother Language Day and paid a glowing tribute to the language martyrs for their heroics in establishing
 arrow Crowley says minority rights must be protected
US Congressman Joseph Crowley yesterday said the Bangladesh government must protect the rights of the minorities to uphold democracy in the country.
 arrow Wage divides widen fast
In his own words, Faraz Ali, 20, of Kakmari village of Pabna works from his birth. Last year, he got Tk 80 a day as a casual labourer. This year, he works for Tk 60 and three meals a day.
 arrow Jamuna Fertiliser trips again amid urea dearth
With farmers continuing fierce protests at fertiliser scarcity in the current peak boro season, one of the six urea fertiliser factories of Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) went out of
 arrow 70 hurt in BNP-AL clashes in dists
The February 21 programmes witnessed clashes in different parts of the country that left more than 70 people injured, mostly workers of the main opposition Awami League and its student front, while the
 arrow Govt website gives wrong, stale info
While the government could not yet legalise Internet telephony even after more than two years of cabinet decision, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its official website claims that VoIP has been made
 arrow Body formed to survey St Martin's Island
The government has formed a high-powered committee to conduct an in-depth survey on the state of bio-diversity of Saint Martin's island.
 arrow Biman sees bigger fleet as only way out
After floating international tender seeking to lease two aircraft for the national flag carrier, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, its management is still worrying about maintaining its flight schedule witha
 arrow 2 lakh in Faridpur drink arsenic water
About two lakh people of eight unions under Faridpur Sadar Upazila have been suffering from various illnesses for long due to drinking underground water contaminated with arsenic.
 arrow Brilliant piece of Muslim architecture

 arrow JS session resumes today
After a brief recess for weekend and Ekushey February holiday, parliament sits today at 11:00am.
 arrow Manhunt starts in Southwest for 42 extremists
Police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and intelligence agencies have launched special combing operations in the south-western region to arrest 42 fugitive top outlaws who have started fresh bomb attacks
 arrow Duty-free access of RMG to US a 'tough job'
Visiting US Congressman Joseph F Crowley yesterday said it is a "tough job" to get the Trade Act Bill 2005 passed in the US Senate that would pave the way for duty-free access of Bangladesh's readymade
 arrow Lok Sabha marks Feb 21 speaking in mother tongues
Indian parliament yesterday observed International Mother Language Day in a unique manner, paying homage to those who had laid down their lives in Dhaka for the recognition of Bangla language and culture.
 arrow Bangladesh-Sri Lanka 2nd ODI today
Bangladesh will desperately look for their non-performing top-order to click when they play their second one-day international of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium
 arrow Hearing on contempt rule today
Hearing on the contempt rule against nine bureaucrats on charge of distorting the judgment of the judiciary separation case will be held in the full court of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court
 arrow JMB man surrenders in Ctg
A member of the banned Jama'autal Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) surrendered to police in Sitakunda upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh Islami Chhatra Shibir...

 arrow Man's maimed body found at Uttara
Police recovered a man's hacked-body at Salamer Tek of Uttara in the city yesterday. Police said the victim, Mohammad Selim, 45, of Kanchpura in Uttara was a land broker.
 arrow Iran-Russia nuke talks end without accord
Iran faced growing international pressure over its nuclear plans yesterday as hopes faded of striking a deal with Russia that would ease Western suspicions that it is trying to build an atomic bomb.
 arrow Abbas, Hamas hold talks on new government
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, reminding Hamas of his vision of peace with Israel, told its leaders in talks on Monday he would appoint the militant group's choice for prime minister to form the
 arrow Hasina goes to northern dists Feb 24
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina will go on a three-day tour to two northern districts--Rangpur and Dinajpur--on February 24.
 arrow Colds, cough trigger scare in bird flu-hit India
Hundreds of people with cold and cough were turning up at medical camps in bird flu-hit areas of western India yesterday as two more people were quarantined as a precaution, authorities and witnessessaid.
 arrow 5-yr old boy abducted in city
A rickshaw-van driver abducted a five-year-old boy from Sutrapur on Monday.
 arrow Boat with bridal party sinks, 10 hurt, 2 missing
At least 10 people were injured and two others went missing when a boat carrying a bridal party collided with another boat on the Titas river at Gosaipur in Nabinagar upazila Monday night.
 arrow Bird flu confirmed in swans in Hungary
Test results yesterday confirmed that three dead swans found in Hungary were infected with deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu, while Malaysia began killing birds after reporting its first case of the disease
 arrow Scientists dig into pile of comet dust
Scientists said Monday they have begun slicing and dicing the first of hundreds of microscopic specks of comet dust, virtually unchanged since the birth of the solar system, that a Nasa spacecraft successfully
 arrow Companies offer to send remains to space
Scotty will be blasted into space not beamed up and Gordo is returning for his third flight.
 arrow Rab seizes 3,931 bottles of Phensedyl
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) seized 3,931 bottles of Phensedyl from a truck at Madhabpur under Lalpur upazila of Natore district early yesterday.
Businessarrow Dhaka eyes maximum benefit from WTO talks
Dhaka plans to hold bilateral talks with some developed and developing countries to reap maximum benefit from the upcoming WTO negotiations.
 arrow Bird flu costs India Rs 1800cr in 2 days
Even as culling of chickens continued in Maharashtra state's Navapur area, where bird flu has broken out, the rest of the Rs30,000 crore poultry industry of India is counting its chickens and eggs and
 arrow DSE, CSE to form joint committee
The country's two bourses have agreed to form a six-member working committee to jointly work on a long-term growth of capital market.
 arrow Mittal fires back at Chirac over Arcelor bid
Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal has fired back at charges by President Jacques Chirac that his 23-billion-dollar bid for steel giant Arcelor contradicts normal business practices.
 arrow Nigeria concerns push oil higher in Asian trade
Oil prices rose sharply Asian trade Tuesday on concerns that separatist tensions in Nigeria, a major exporter, will force further a reduction in supplies, dealers said.
 arrow State Bank of India to open branch in Shanghai
State Bank of India will become the first Indian bank to set up a branch in China after gaining approval last week from the Chinese regulatory authorities, state press reported Tuesday.
 arrow SpiceJet buys 10 Boeing 737 jets
Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet signed a deal Tuesday to buy 10 737 jets from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing worth 700 million US dollars, at Asian Aerospace, the world's third-largest airshow.
 arrow EU readies anti-dumping action against China, Vietnam over shoes
The European Commission was poised Monday to take anti-dumping action against Chinese and Vietnamese shoemakers despite internal EU divisions and the risk of igniting new trade tensions with Beijing.
 arrow Sino-EU energy ties strengthened
China and the European Union will strengthen cooperation and exchanges in the energy sector, including clean coal technology, renewable energy and nuclear power, top officials said at a high-level conference.
 arrow China to host annual 'summer Davos' summits
China will next year begin hosting "summer Davos" meetings focusing on emerging global companies, state media said Tuesday.
 arrow Google operating without Internet license in China
Chinese authorities are investigating US Internet giant Google for launching its local service without the proper license, state press reported Tuesday.
 arrow Indo-France trade to touch 10b by 2010
French President Jacques Chirac's visit to India is expected to boost the two-way trade between India and France to exceed 10 billion euros by 2010 from its current level of 3.
 arrow Eurozone trade surplus plunges in 2005
The eurozone's trade surplus with the rest the world shrank sharply last year as the price of oil imports soared, official EU data released Tuesday showed.
 arrow EU adopts ground-breaking sugar reform
European agriculture ministers formally adopted on Monday a radical reform of the EU sugar sector, which will come into force on July 1.
 arrow Indonesia sees 2006 growth near 6pc
Indonesia may achieve economic growth of nearly 6.0 percent in 2006, up on last year's of 5.6 percent, the minister for economic affairs said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahela warns Tigers
Why Bangladesh played so badly against Sri Lanka in the first one-day international is a million-dollar question.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar & co looking for an answer
The bewildered Tigers were seeking an answer during their training session on Tuesday morning at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium why their top order repeatedly made the same mistakes.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan hopes for best
Australia coach John Buchanan is confident his side's six-week South Africa tour will pass without any contentious issues both on or off the field.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh get the nod as sole hosts
Bangladesh will be the sole host of the AFC Challenge Cup 2006, which kicks off on April 1.
 arrow Cricket: 'Excuse not acceptable'
Everybody hoped that Mohammad Ashraful will bounce back from his poor form in the home series against Sri Lanka, but the way he was dismissed in the first game against Sri Lanka on Monday frustrated everybody.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh play Uzbekistan today
Bangladesh will begin their 2007 Asian Cup qualifying campaign against the fancied Uzbekistan in the Group F opener at Tashkent today.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy rates Dhoni highly
Inzamamul Haq, the Pakistan captain, on Tuesday described Mahendra Singh Dhoni's batting as "murderous" and reckoned that he was a player to be watched out for in the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Super Wednesday in store
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insisted the Stamford Bridge pitch was up to scratch for their mouthwatering repeat of last year's last 16 Champions League clash against Barcelona on Wednesday by using a colourful
 arrow Football: AFC becoming bin Hammam!
For almost three decades Peter Velappan has been the voice of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), but the controversial secretary general has now been silenced.
 arrow Football: Friendship can wait
Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira will put his friendship with Johan Micoud to one side on Wednesday when the Italian league leaders face Werder Bremen in the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Adriano wants to end drought
Inter Milan's out-of-sorts striker Adriano is hoping to rediscover his goalscoring touch in Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash here against Ajax.
 arrow Cricket: No Bravo for wi in second ODI
The West Indies' chances of squaring the one-day cricket series against New Zealand received a knock Tuesday with confirmation all-rounder Dwayne Bravo would miss the second international with a sidestrain.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj to miss first Eng Test
India batsman Yuvraj Singh has been ruled out of next week's first Test against England because of a hamstring injury, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India Niranjan Shah said on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Call World Cup off: German politician
A German Green Party politician on Tuesday said the football World Cup, which will be played here from June 9 to July 9, should be cancelled because of the outbreak of bird flu in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya in hot water
The wranglings in the Board of Control for Cricket in India took a serious turn on Tuesday with the new regime headed by Sharad Pawar accusing former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya of misappropriating
 arrow Football: Thai noodles eye WC boom
The upcoming World Cup will likely boost Thailand's instant noodles market by 10 per cent as hungry and sleepy Thai football fans watch it on live with cups of quick, hot and cheap meals in hand, a research
 arrow Football: Japan take on India today
Champions Japan launch their defence of the Asian Cup on Wednesday with a qualifier against India, using the match as vital preparation for the World Cup in June.
 arrow Cricket: Former BCB joint-secretary Apu no more
Former Bangladesh Cricket Board joint-secretary and Brothers Union official Golam Faruque Apu died of a heart attack in Florida, USA on Monday. He was 52.
 arrow Football: FA Cup final at Cardiff
The FA Cup final will not be held at the new Wembley Stadium, the Football Association announced Tuesday as the worst kept secret in football -- that the venue would not be ready on time -- was finally
 arrow Chess: Nat'l chess qualifiers from today
The qualifying rounds of the 32nd National Chess Championship will begin today at the BCF hall-room.
Metropolitanarrow 20,000 children die of measles a yr
A three-week massive campaign against measles, the fifth leading cause of death among under-five children in the country, begins on February 25.
 arrow AL has returned to JS to bluff people
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said main opposition Awami League has returned to parliament after a long boycott to bluff the people, not to make it functional.
 arrow Homage to language martyrs

 arrow Ekushey observed in WB, Tripura
Amar Ekushey and Interna-tional Mother Language Day was observed in Kolkata of West Bengal in India with due respect and solemnity yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 27 injured in road accidents
At least two people were killed and 27 others injured in separate road accidents in Patuakhali and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow European MPs to help enhance aid
The visiting European parliamentary delegation yesterday assured that they would persuade their respective government to enhance assistance for developing the health sector in Bangladesh.
 arrow Criminal held in Khulna
Khulna DB police arrested a listed criminal from Nirala residential area in the city on Monday night.
 arrow Bogra Zila School teacher sued for beating student
A teacher of Bogra Zila School allegedly beat a student mercilessly on Monday as he could not do his homework.
 arrow Save country from grips of evil forces: AL
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday said it is a great pity for the nation that the defeated forces of the liberation war have seized power and are destroying the spirit of the war of independence.
 arrow Timber traders call hartal in Rangamati
Timber Traders and Employees' Sangram Parishad yesterday called a 48-hour hartal beginning on February 26 in Rangamati.
 arrow BNP leader turns over accused nephew to police
A local BNP leader turned over his nephew to police yesterday in connection with the killing of newsman Rizvi in the district.
 arrow Forger arrested
Police arrested a member of prepaid mobile card forgers' gang with 50 fake prepaid cards at Fatulla in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Hasina assures Shaheed Salamís family of financial help
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday assured the family of Shaheed Salam of financial help.
 arrow Death threat to Olama League president
Bangladesh Awami Olama League (BAOL) President Md Ismail Hossain was threatened with death over cellular phone on Saturday evening.
 arrow Charge sheet Submitted
Daulatpur police have submitted a charge sheet against four outlaws under Explosives Substances Act in connection with the bomb attack on Traffic Sergeant Faisal Ahmed.
 arrow SUSTTA polls on Feb 27
Twenty-nine candidates in two panels have filed nomination papers for 11 posts of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology Teachers' Association (SUSTTA).
Nationalarrow Two Jamaat leaders sheltered Dec 8 Netrakona bombers
Two local leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami sheltered the JMB suicide squad members who blasted bombs in front of Udichi office at Azahar Road in Netrakona town on December 8 last year.
 arrow Three banks defrauded of Tk 47 lakh in Jessore
Three banks here have been defrauded of over Tk 47 lakh using forged foreign bank cheques.
 arrow I want punishment of killers, no help
The JMB suicide bombing in Netrakona on December 8 last year ruined the family of Udichi cultural activist Sudipta Paul Shelly, like many others.
 arrow Garo people forgetting their mother tongue
Indigenous Garo people in Tangail and Mymensingh districts are forgetting their mother tongue.
 arrow Imam's wife reveals JMB attack plan
A plan for grenade attack on Satkhira Deputy Commissioner's (DC) car and the district jail by the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) suicide squad came to light on Monday.
 arrow Power failure costs jute mills Tk 75 cr in four months
Twenty-two state owned jute mills in the country incurred a loss of Tk 75 crore in last four months due to power failure.
 arrow Jasim Mela begins today
A fifteen-day Jasim Mela, commemorating contributions of folklore poet Jasimuddin, begins in Faridpur today.
Point-Counterpointarrow Faces of tragedy
This write-up follows on the news that we discussed one evening in Boston in December 2005.
 arrow Widening the telecom divide
Is India about to launch the much-awaited Telecommunications Revolution through the OneIndia tariff plan that Minister Dayanidhi Maran announced last week? Or is it likely to miss the bus again?
 arrow Pitfalls of politicisation
With Awami League returning to the parliament, the alliance lawmakers should no longer feel lonely, at least for now. However, the government has reason to be fretful about this development.
 arrow Iran's right to nuclear energy
There is a clear provision in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which came into effect from March 5, 1970, that "nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all
Culturearrow Amor Ekushey celebrated with fanfare
Come Ekushey and the country is abuzz with cultural activities.
 arrow Sonai Bibir Pala, Samayer Proyojone and Ei Ghar Ei Bashoti to be staged today
Theatre goers in Dhaka are flocking to the ongoing theatre festival arranged by the Bangladesh Centre of International Institute.
 arrow Saju's treasure trove of paintings
Saju Grand Group show at Saju's gallery once again brings together paintings of masters and experts that range from Zainul Abedin, Quamrul Hasan, Safiuddin Ahmed to the younger artists like Rokeya Sultana,
 arrow New mega serial on Channel-i
A new mega serial, titled Akashi Ranger Rumal by Imdadul Haque Milon will be aired on Thursdays at 7:50 pm on Channel i.
Generalarrow 'Step up AIDS prevention campaign'
Experts at a consultation have called for strengthening HIV/AIDS prevention programmes in Asia region through dissemination of information for young people, says a press release.
 arrow SMS boom leads to digit damage
Mobile telephone text messaging has become so popular that millions of users now suffer injuries to their thumbs and fingers because of their love of keeping in touch, according to a survey yesterday.
Internationalarrow Sino-Pak leaders take a vow to boost ties
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao pledged yesterday to step up economic and trade relations with Pakistan, but expressed concern over the safety of Chinese citizens working and living in the neighbouring
 arrow Iraqi minister survives bomb attack
Iraq's displacement and migration minister survived a roadside bomb attack on her convoy yesterday, police and an official in her office said.
 arrow Tigers ready for truce talks today
The United States considers them "reprehensible terrorists", the European Union will not receive them but the Sri Lankan government has little choice but to sit down for talks with the Tamil Tigers.
 arrow Nepali parties to step up protests
Nepal's main opposition parties said yesterday they would step up protests against the royal government and seek freedom for hundreds of pro-democracy activists who are still in jail.
 arrow Govts stymied in bird flu battle
The H5N1 form of bird flu was confirmed Tuesday in Hungary, the seventh EU country afflicted with the lethal strain, even as health officials on three continents admitted that containment measures taken
 arrow India opens rebuilt Kashmir bridge
A reconstructed bridge, which links the Indian and Pakistani parts of Kashmir across a Himalayan stream, was thrown open on Monday.
 arrow Iran supports end to cartoon violence
Iran backed calls from other Muslim and world leaders Monday for an end to violent protests over cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM), urging calm after weeks of demonstrations that have left at least
 arrow US expects more attacks in Afghanistan
The US military expects increased "atrocities" in Afghanistan by rebels opposed to the new government, the top American commander in the insurgency-wracked country said yesterday.
 arrow 16 sentenced to death for attack on Pak general
A Pakistani court yesterday sentenced 16 members of an al-Qaeda-linked militant group to death for a 2004 attack on a top general in Karachi that killed 11 people.
 arrow Thailand to extradite Bangladeshi for crimes
Thailand will extradite a German man wanted for bank robberies in his home country and a Bangladeshi man for carrying fake passports, Thai police said yesterday.
 arrow Saudi tabloid closed for printing cartoons
A Saudi tabloid was shut down Monday after it printed cartoons of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed (SM) as part of a campaign for more action against Denmark, where the drawings first appeared, a newspaper employee
Editorialarrow Editorial: Partisan control over police
The steady politicisation of the nation's police forces that has been continuing for the past decade, appears to have crossed all limits during the tenure of the alliance government.
 arrow Editorial: Bangla Academy in a pitiable state
The Bangla Academy was established in 1955 with the declared agenda of developing Bangla literature and the development of the Bengali culture as a whole.
 arrow Should Bangladesh continue as an LDC?
In 1975, Bangladesh became a member of the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDC) and continues to be complacent with the status for the last 30 years.
 arrow A middle-aged government
Let me first record my deep pangs of envy whenever I see a column written by an American. There is never a shortage of fresh subjects for him or her.
 arrow Good, better, elusive best
It is good that the 14-party Long March of the 5th instant ending in grand rally at Paltan Maidan, passed off well without any major confrontation with the government.
Letters to Editorarrow Voice of the valiant
The write up on Jinnah (DS-Feb 20) had some factual errors. He was never the prime minister of Pakistan. He was the Governor General of Pakistan, then a part of the British Commonwealth.
 arrow Freedom of expression and religion
A day or two after Ariel Sharon went into coma, a Muslim friend of mine who is also from my native country told me that he became quite happy hearing this news and then he inquired with me whether itwas
 arrow Undiplomatic!
Ahmedinezad dubbed Europe as a lion that lost its mane but still roars . He claimed that Iran is the most popular country in the world, while the US is the most abhorrent one.
 arrow Against the tradition
"Ekushey amader aughoshito swadhinota dibosh" is a collection of some interviews given by prominent writer Dr. Humayun Azad.
 arrow Murdered university teacher
It is difficult to comprehend that a teacher of the highest seat of learning kills his senior colleague in cold blood.
Star Chittagongarrow New hotels to woo investors, tourists
The inauguration of the Peninsula Chittagong, the first international standard four star hotel in the port city on February 17, will enable the business travellers as well as tourists to help secure accommodation
 arrow Old bookshops gain popularity in port city
Old bookshops in the port city are gaining popularity as they offer second-hand books at cheaper rates to help students study and quench thirst of the bookworms.
 arrow TPM Excellence Award for Unilever
The Unilever Bangladesh Ltd factory at Kalurghat in the port city has got the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Excellence Award of Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM).
Star Cityarrow How safe are new borns at DMCH?
Mahfuza, a mother of seven, was lying on the bed of the Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) with a blank look on her face, with the saline drip injected into her hand.
 arrow Reminiscing the day at DU campus
The death of a student in police firing on February 21, 1952 spelt a turning point in the language movement, said noted educationist Prof Serajul Islam Choudhury, who was a witness to the movement.
 arrow Illegal structures overshadow Mughal-built Eidgah
Illegal structures mushrooming around Dhanmondi Eidgah have kept the 366-year old Mughal archaeological structure out of visibility for years.
 arrow Ekushey Remembered

 arrow Encroachers, pollution destroy water bodies
Encroachment and pollution of Atir khal and Haikkar khal, two major canals of the city, is likely to cause serious environmental threats, fears Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) and Save the Environment
 arrow Correction
In a Star City story on Burdwan House published on February 20, the name of Nurul Amin, who was the chief minister of the then East Pakistan in 1952, was mentioned as the prime minister of Pakistan.
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