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Front Pagearrow Ctg RMG factory fire toll 54, many still unaccounted for
The death toll in Thursday's worst-ever industrial fire here continued to rise yesterday, hitting 54 in the afternoon, with scores of workers still trapped, and feared dead, inside the charred four-storey
 arrow Most parts of capital plunge into darkness
Most parts of the capital plunged into darkness last night as big power plants tripped one after another at Meghnaghat, Siddhirganj and Ghorashal due to what the authorities attributed to technical faults
 arrow Corrupts feed on MPO funds
It's not much of a school in Ishwardi -- a two-room concrete structure and a tin-shed partitioned with hardboards.
 arrow Fresh barricade for urea, govt still sees no crisis
Fertilizer-hungry farmers have been continuing their demonstrations demanding steady supply of fertilisers amid the government's repeated claim of 'no fertilizer crisis' in the country.
 arrow Fire-related incidents in garment units kill over 350 since '90
Over 350 garment workers have died and some 1,500 been injured in fire-related incidents since 1990 including Thursday night's devastating fire in Chittagong.
 arrow PM's directive for safety standards in factories
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia ordered compliance with the safety standards at all industrial units as the death toll in the country's worst ever factory fire at the outskirts of Chittagong City reached 54
 arrow Victims' relatives crowd CMCH
It was a heart shattering sight at Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) when the workers with severe burn injuries from the fire in KTS textile mill, and the dead bodies of the not so fortunateones
 arrow Final one-dayer at Ctg today
When Bangladesh meet Sri Lanka today in the series deciding third and final one-day international in Chittagong, it would not be an attempt for the Tigers to play just for pride rather to make history.
 arrow Govt against reforms as it wants to rig polls: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged the BNP-Jamaat-led government is conspiring to snatch peoples' right to vote instead of accepting the opposition's proposals to reform the Election
 arrow M16, AK47 and 550 bullets recovered in Bandarban
The Bangladesh Army yesterday recovered a cache of arms and ammunition, including one AK47 and M16 automatic rifles each, from Kanamajhi Hill under Ali Kadam upazila in the district.
 arrow Mass wedding of many teenage girls sparks protest
Different women's organisations yesterday protested the dowry-free mass wedding of many teenaged girls in presence of a deputy minister at Kishoreganj of the district last Wednesday.
 arrow Property of Prof Yunus murder suspect attached in Rajshahi
Police last night attached the movable property of Zafar Babu, a Shibir cadre and key suspect in Prof Muhammad Yunus murder case.
 arrow Housewife, farmer killed in Kushtia
A housewife was slaughtered after gang rape in Daulatpur upazila on Thursday night while a farmer was shot dead in Kumarkhali upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Compromise meet on Kansat not held
A meeting to resolve the crisis over Kansat killing could not be held here yesterday.
 arrow Charges pressed against 3 JMB men in Gaibandha
Police on Thursday pressed charges against three ehsar members of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in connection with the August 17 bomb blasts in Gaibandha last year.
 arrow 'US sided with Pakistan in '71 because of its foreign policy'
Renowned American academic Daniel Chirot yesterday said the United States was on Pakistan's side, opposing the independence of Bangladesh in 1971 because of its foreign policy back then.
 arrow Criminals kill young man in Khulna
Criminals killed a person and injured two as they allegedly attempted to kill the son of slain journalist Harun ur Rashid on Thursday at Pabla Madhyapara in Daulatpur in Khulna city.
 arrow Khulna criminal killed in 'crossfire'
Notorious criminal Abul Kalam alias Bachchu Shaikh, 45, was killed in an encounter between police and his accomplices at Masni Balvadrapur under Kachua upazila of Bagerhat district at midnight on Thursday.
 arrow 9 Hindus get life for killing 14
Nine Hindus were convicted yesterday of killing 14 people in an arson attack on a bakery during anti-Muslim riots in India's western Gujarat state in 2002.
 arrow 4 of a family held for demanding dowry in N'ganj
Police yesterday arrested four members of an industrialist family in Narayanganj for demanding Tk 10 crore in dowry.
 arrow Tremor in Ctg, Sylhet
Chittagong port city and Sylhet experienced a moderate earthquake early yesterday.
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 arrow Fire at Akiz particles, 5 injured
Five workers were injured, two of them critically, when a fire broke out at Akiz Particles and Hardboard Mills near Tara in Manikganj yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Emergency in Philippines, army general arrested
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo declared a state of emergency Friday, saying she had quashed a coup plot but that the Philippines still faced a "clear threat" from treasonous forces.
 arrow Iraq slaps curfew to help stem violence
An emergency curfew for yesterday's Juma prayers helped quell sectarian violence that has killed some 200 people around Baghdad, keeping much of the Iraqi capital deserted as leaders work to avert civil
Businessarrow Delhi, Yangon eye gas pipeline sans Dhaka
India and Myanmar are exploring the possibility of laying a gas pipeline through the northeastern territory, bypassing Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladesh makes new record in tea production
Bangladesh produced a record amount of 60 million kg tea in last year. Tea production exceeded target for the first time last year, according to tea industry sources.
 arrow Prices of essentials spiral
The prices of broiler chickens, beef, milk powder, including baby food, and fine quality rice increased in the city's retail market yesterday compared to the previous week.
 arrow GDP can grow at 10pc if parties shun confrontational politics
The gross domestic product (GDP) of the country can grow even at a rate of 10 percent in the coming years if parties discard confrontational politics, said speakers at a seminar in Dhaka.
 arrow Reuters net profit up 25pc in 2005
Reuters Group PLC, the news and financial data provider, on Thursday reported a 25 percent increase in net profit last year as earnings were boosted by the sale of its majority stake in the electronic
 arrow Timber traders call 2-day hartal from tomorrow in Rangamati
Timber Traders 'Sangram Parishad' (action council) has called for a two-day dawn-to-dusk hartal in the hill district beginning on Sunday (Feb 26) to realise their 10-point demand.
 arrow Indian airlines to buy 40 Airbus planes
Continuing the spurt in buying of planes by Indian air carriers, two more low-cost airlines ordered 40 Airbus A320 and 321 aircraft for a total of $ 2.35 billion.
 arrow Developing nations must cede more in trade talks
Developing countries such as China need to make greater concessions in global free trade talks to match those already made by the European Union, France's minister for foreign trade said Friday.
 arrow Indian Railways posts record revenue surplus
Indian Railways, which five years ago was on track to bankruptcy, announced a record financial surplus Friday and a slew of fare cuts and massive spending on new lines in a populist budget.
 arrow EU shoe action breaches fair trade: China
China said Friday a European Union plan to impose an anti-dumping duty on imported Chinese shoes breached fair trade principles and "smells of protectionism".
 arrow Japan, India ink treaty to avoid double taxation
Japan and India signed an agreement Friday to avoid double taxation, the first revision of their tax treaty since 1989, in a bid to boost slow-growing bilateral trade.
 arrow Oil prices rise in Asian trading
Oil prices rose in Asian trade Friday, bouncing back from recent losses as the market continued uneasy at developments in Iran and Nigeria, dealers said.
 arrow Tata Tea won't uproot from Sri Lanka
Indian tea giant Tata Tea on Wednesday said it would not quit its plantation venture in Sri Lanka, despite a strategy to exit from the business in India.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

 arrow British economy grows 1.8pc in 2005
The British economy grew by 1.8 percent last year, the slowest pace since 1992, official data confirmed on Friday.
 arrow Navana launches energy saving lamps
Navana Group launched energy saving lamps at a function in Dhaka yesterday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Bangladesh have a point to prove
Bangladesh today have a point to prove when they clash with Sri Lanka in the series deciding third and final one-day international at the newly-approved Chittagong Divisional Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Advantage Rajshahi
One-day leaders Rajshahi looked set to stay on top of the first-class table as well when they took the driving seat on the first day of their four-day match in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League
 arrow Football: Cruciani unhappy
Bangladesh national football team returned home yesterday from Uzbekistan and will get back to training today for their second match of the 2007 Asian Cup qualifier against Hong Kong at home on March1.
 arrow Cricket: 'Sourav has to sort it out'
Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly must sort out his standing with the Indian team. The news of Ganguly being dropped is hitting the headlines too often.
 arrow Cricket: A Gambhir riposte
Gautam Gambhir overcame the disappointment of being axed from India's Test side to take a century off England's attack in a three-day tour game here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England not panicked yet
England will not be asking for immediate reinforcements ahead of next week's Test series against India despite the 16-man touring squad being wrecked with injuries and illness.
 arrow Cricket: Murali & co arrive
Six Sri Lankan cricketers including champion spinner Muttiah Muralitharan arrived in Dhaka yesterday to join the visiting Test team.
 arrow Football: Marseille, Roma move on
Beaten 2004 finalists Olympique Marseille overcame a shocking blunder by France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez to defeat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Thursday and book a place in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
 arrow Football: Barca eye Zaragoza revenge
After Barcelona's impressive 2-1 win over Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday the Spanish league leaders will be looking for another fighting performance at Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea seek home comfort
Chelsea get a chance to put their Champions League misery behind them against Portsmouth, while Liverpool can boost their hopes of finishing second when they host Manchester City in Premier League action
 arrow Football: All eyes on the Olympico
AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti says his players will need a huge group effort to make up for the absence of Francesco Totti and win the Rome derby against Lazio on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ want to win it now
New Zealand will continue their search for a solid top-order batting combination here Saturday as they attempt to clinch the one-day series against the beleaguered West Indies with a third straight win.
 arrow Cricket: PCB eager to have Ahmed for Eng tour
Banned pacer Shabbir Ahmed on Friday returned to a rehabilitation camp as Pakistan Cricket Board is keen on getting his action cleared from the ICC ahead of the England tour following doubts over thefitness
 arrow Cricket: Duffin named Zim captain
Terrence Duffin has been named as Zimbabwe's cricket captain for their home one-day series against Kenya.
 arrow Cricket: SA's eyes on World Cup
South African skipper Graeme Smith on Friday said the five-match one-day cricket series against Australia was a good opportunity to prepare for the next year's World cup.
 arrow Tennis: Maursemo, Hingis exit
Top-seeded Amelie Maursemo's run of three consecutive tournament wins ended, while Maria Sharapova defeated Martina Hingis in straight sets Friday to reach the semifinals of the Dubai Open.
 arrow Cricket: ULAB Cup cricket
Independent University (IU) defeated State University (SU) by eight wickets in the fourth match of the ULAB Fair Play Cup cricket tournament at the ULAB ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Demands fair investigation, compensation to workers
Hundreds of garment workers and rights activists brought out black flag procession in the city yesterday in protest against the negligence of the authorities that led to the death of a large number of
 arrow Novo Theatre remains closed since Feb 14
Dhaka Novo Theatre, the state-owned planetarium, has remained closed since February 14 due to damage of its equipment and Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) system, sources said.
 arrow Luminaries gather at DU mega reunion
Dhaka University Alumni Association (DUAA) yesterday celebrated a mega reunion to mark its 58th founding anniversary on the Gymnasium ground of the university with the participation of thousands of alumni,
 arrow Int'l standard children park opens in Rajshahi soon
An amusement park of international standard, furnished with a panoply of most modern riders and games, will be opened on the outskirts of Rajshahi city soon.
 arrow Call to dredge southern rivers
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) yesterday demanded of the government to dredge the southern rivers of the country before constructing the Ganges Barrage.
 arrow BSD starts long march today to protest India's dam construction
Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal (BSD) starts a Long March toady from the capital towards Kurigram to register public anger against what it called Indian conspiracy of constructing a "garland of dams" to
 arrow EuroKids launched in city
EuroKids, first international pre-school in Bangladesh, was launched at the city's Gulshan yesterday aiming to meet the growing educational demands of the children.
 arrow 4 killed in Tangail road accident
Four people were killed and 22 others were injured, three of them critically, in a road accident on Tangail-Jamuna Bridge extension road in the district yesterday afternoon.
 arrow JCD, Shibir clash at Bangla College, 10 injured
At least 10 students were injured in a clash between the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Islami Chhatra Shibir at Mirpur Bangla College in the city yesterday, witnesses said.
 arrow 8 BCL activists hurt in clashes with JCD in Jessore college
Eight activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured in clashes with their counterparts of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on the campus of Jessore City College yesterday.
 arrow DU deans' election on Feb 27
Election of deans for seven faculties of Dhaka University (DU) will be held on February 27.
 arrow Housewife strangled, another takes her life
Two housewives met unnatural deaths in Jessore in the last two days.
 arrow Bear attacks youth in Rangamati
One person received critical injuries while two others narrowly escaped when a wild bear attacked them at Tripurachhara forest in Bhusanchhara union in Barkol upazila of the district on Thursday afternoon.
 arrow Young man jailed for giving death threats
The Speedy Trial Tribunal here sentenced a young man to two years' imprisonment for giving death threats to some people after identifying himself as a JMB activist.
 arrow Youth drowns in DU pond
A youth drowned in the pond of Shahidullah Hall at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Kazi Enamul Kabir Badal, district correspondent of the daily Shakti, died of a cardiac arrest at the National Institute of Cardio-vascular Diseases (NICVD) in Dhaka yesterday at the age of 68.
Nationalarrow Migratory birds in Hakaluki Haor reduce drastically
The number of migratory birds in Hakaluki Haor fell drastically this year. About 46,700 birds of different species flocked to the country's biggest natural lake this winter against 1,42,000 last year.
 arrow Give indigenous 'laws' in CHT hills a legal cover
Traditional and customary 'laws' followed by indigenous people in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) should be given some sort of legal cover to ensure their access to justice, CHT Regional Council Chairman
 arrow Timber traders call 48-hr hartal in 2 hill dists
Timber traders in Rangamati and Khagrachhari yesterday called a 48-hour hartal on Sunday and Monday in the two hill districts to press their 10-point demand including resumption of issuance of transit
 arrow Boro yield may fall short of target
The official boro cultivation target may not be achieved this year in the district due to fertiliser and power crises as well as lack of irrigation, feared paddy farmers.
 arrow Bangladesh now a dysfunctional state,says Tofail
Bangladesh has become a dysfunctional state as corruption and acute crisis of power and fertiliser have crippled the industrial and agricultural sectors, Awami League (AL) Presidium member Tofail Ahmed
 arrow 2 listed terrors arrested in Patuakhali
Listed terrors and wanted criminals Sujan Mridha alias Shadin, 24, of Patuakhali town and Safiqur Rahman alias Shimul of Baufal upazila were arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from Jainkathi area
 arrow Jhalakathi SP transferred
Jhalakathi Police Superintendent Mahfuzul Islam has been transferred to Chapainawabganj. He will be replaced by Luthfar Rahman, Additional Police Superintendent in Comilla.
 arrow AL-backed panel sweeps Satkhira Bar polls
Awami League (AL) backed panel swept the Satkhira Bar Association polls held ysteready. It bagged eight posts including those of the president and the general secretary (GS) of the assiociation.
Point-Counterpointarrow Provocation or freedom?
"Freedom means learning to deal with being offended." So says Andrew Sullivan in his essay 'Your Taboo, Not Mine' published in the February 13th issue of Time magazine.
 arrow Role of mother language media in peace-making
There is hardly any second opinion about the importance of media as a powerful weapon in shaping matters in any country and more so in a democratic society.
 arrow Prospect of card business
The traditional ways of doing business are demonstrably becoming less effective throughout the world. Faced with challenges of change, introduction of card business/plastic money is getting momentum.
 arrow Aging gracefully
All health information to keep you up to date
Everyone wants to go to heaven but no one wants to die. There is no doubt that aging brings challenges.

Culturearrow Carving out creativity
RAJAUL Islam Lovelu's woodcarvings at his recent solo at Drik were fascinating indeed. He not only carved the wood but added touches of colour and bits of metal to highlight the woodwork as well.
 arrow Jennifer Walpole on Bangladeshi theatre and ITI activities
The Executive Director of International Theatre Institute Worldwide Committee, Jennifer Walpole is in Dhaka to attend the 8th biennial theatre festival arranged by Bangladesh Centre of International Theatre
 arrow Today's attraction Chandalika, Sirajuddaula and Balad
Nrityanandan will stage Tagore's dance-drama Chandalika at the National Theatre Stage today.
 arrow The cream of the art world to get together
The Department of Fine Arts of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) is revving up for the Asian Art Bienniale Bangladesh-2006 from March 5.
 arrow Tele-film Swapno all set for screening
Popular writer Abu Sufian has received accolades for his directorial ventures as well. Drama serial Nirey Taar Neel Dheu, directed by Sufian has been received well by the TV audience.
Generalarrow 'Bring Prof Taher killers to book'
Speakers at a sit-in programme at the Central Shaheed Minar in the city yesterday alleged that killing of teachers and journalists is increasing in the country due to government negligence.
 arrow Extortionist beaten to death
An extortionist was beaten to death while he was collecting toll from a house at West Khabashpur in the town on Thursday night. The dead was identified as Sachchu, 25, leader of a gang of extortionists.
Internationalarrow Lankan parties halt slide into civil war
Talks between Sri Lanka's government and Tamil Tiger rebels in Switzerland have again held off a return to civil war, analysts and diplomats said yesterday, but much would depend on whether the parties
 arrow Rice's ME tour fails to isolate Hamas
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday wrapped up a Middle East tour with a call for nuclear non-proliferation in the Gulf region, but failed to mobilise Arab states to isolate a Hamas-led Palestinian
 arrow Russia, China officials in Iran for talks
Russia and China stepped up their efforts yesterday to persuade Iran to accept a compromise proposal over its nuclear program that may avert the threat of UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
 arrow Bush hopes to seal Indian nuclear deal
US President George W.
 arrow Strike over killings hits Kashmir
A strike called by Kashmiri separatists to protest the fatal shooting of four civilians, allegedly by the army, crippled life in Indian Kashmir yesterday, police and residents said, as another eight people
 arrow UN worried about US stand on HR council
The UN General Assembly president wants a vote next week on a resolution for a new Human Rights Council but the United States has called for reopening negotiations that some fear might sink the proposal.
 arrow Museveni holds solid lead in Uganda polls
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni holds a solid lead over opposition challenger Kizza Besigye in the country's landmark elections, the first official results showed yesterday.
 arrow Amnesty urges Bush to raise HR concerns in India
US President George W. Bush has been asked to raise a long list of human rights concerns in India during his visit to the world's most populous democracy next week.
 arrow Criticism not working with Myanmar: UN
The "cacophony" of criticism against Myanmar is not forcing the military-ruled state to reform, an outgoing UN rights envoy said Friday, urging the international community to be more diplomatic.
 arrow US urges Manila to protect rule of law
The United States yesterday urged Philippines President Gloria Arroyo to uphold the rule of law and protect civil liberties after she imposed a state of emergency to quell an alleged coup attempt.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pre-poll finances
World Bank country director Christine Wallich's words at a seminar on the banking sector came as a timely reminder that, if history is any guide, we are just now entering a period of considerable risk
 arrow Editorial: Defence purchase
Though there were some media reports earlier, public really got the full picture last Wednesday of purchase of combat aircraft for the air force through the question answer in the parliament, something
 arrow The ACC continues to be in the doldrums
It is no longer just embarrassing. It is beginning to be painful.
 arrow Price of development
Budgets in the early years of independence were an enigma wrapped in secrecy. India's economic base was limited. The dependence was, therefore, on the ingenuity of finance minister.
Letters to Editorarrow Load shedding
The season of load shedding has just started without any notice. The whole country especially Dhaka has been experiencing the menacing power outages for several hours everyday.
 arrow It's our fate!
We are living in a hell for last few days. We are having the turn crises of water along with power in the Dhaka city.
 arrow Inspirational Prof Yunus
I am glad to have gone the invaluable article by Prof Yunus published in the anniversary issue of The Daily Star.
 arrow Science and technology
Monir Uddin's observations (DS Feb10) reiterates your low-key presentation of scientific and technological issues that are the prime movers of the twenty-first century.
 arrow Inclusion of 'Biharies' in voter list
The Election Commission has taken the right decision to include in the current voter list the so-called 'Biharies' of Bangladesh.
StarTecharrow ICT turns more Bangla savvy
Patrotism is certainly on the rise among Bangladeshis. So emanate some recent products bearing the hallmarks of the nation -- its traditions, heritage, culture and language.
 arrow On creating creativity
When we think of excellence in software development, creativity may not be the first thing that comes to mind. In fact, creativity is a key ingredient in successful software development.
 arrow Accounting management software for SMEs
There is an estimated 60 lakh small and medium enterprises (SME) in Bangladesh. A vibrant SME sector is crucial for the development of the country.
 arrow Water Proof

Literaturearrow The Beginning of Cricket in Dhaka
We learn from a news report in 1891 that Dhaka College and Shibpur College played a two-day match in Calcutta. Dhaka won. "The teams played four times in two innings.
 arrow Father Tongue
It took me my entire life to realise this: your grasp of a language can change who you are. I used to think language was just a means of expression, a natural extension of yourself.
 arrow Kazi Nazrul Islam: Speeches
This book represents a laudable effort to translate into English all of Kazi Nazrul Islam's various speeches.
 arrow Chollish Kadam
This little novella is a Bengali translation of a longish short story ('Forty Steps') that was written by a Bangladeshi originally in English, published in 'The Minnesota Review,' and subsequently reprinted
 arrow A Kite in the Azure
A self-published novel by a Bangladeshi living in Canada.
 arrow This is what Bangladeshi authors/academics have to say about The Daily Star Book of Bangladeshi Writing
Thank you, Daily Star, for letting my voice be heard. You have provided an inspiring forum for new authors.
 arrow Announcement
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