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Front Pagearrow Another body dragged out, search on
One more dead body and two living workers were pulled out yesterday from the debris of the multi-storey building at Tejgaon that collapsed on Saturday as rescuers removed around one-fifth rubble 36 hours
 arrow Farmers' fury boils over
Persistent fuel and power crises fanned further agitation among the fertiliser-hungry farmers as they continued barricading roads and hemming local government offices in several districts yesterday in
 arrow PM accuses opposition of conspiracy to foil elections
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia accused the opposition of hatching conspiracies against the country and to boycott the next general elections.
 arrow Rajuk in dark about sloppy buildings
The government's sloppy monitoring on the booming construction sector has once again come into focus with yet another building collapse in the city on Saturday.
 arrow Judiciary separation bill tabled in JS
The government at last placed a much-awaited bill in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) yesterday seeking separation of the judiciary from the executive with a provision for introducing separate executive and judicial
 arrow Jamaat, Shibir create chaos on campus to save 'mastermind'
Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir are creating chaos at Rajshahi University every day to save RU unit Shibir President Mahbubul Alam Salehi, a key suspect in Prof Taher Ahmed murder case, forcing
 arrow Cellphone firms collect customer details from today
All the mobile phone companies will follow a new regulation in selling fresh cellphone connections from today.
 arrow Another Ctg worker dies
Another worker injured in Thursday's fire at the KTS Textiles and Garments Industry died yesterday at Chittagong Medical Collage Hospital (CMCH), pushing the death toll to 55.
 arrow Waking up in grave
Sumon wakes up in a grave-like darkness. A construction worker, he was working on the ground floor when the building caved in with a boom, throwing him into a blackout.
 arrow Blocked road leads to severe snarl-up
City's nagging traffic gridlock changed for the worse over the last two days as vehicular movement was suspended temporarily on Mohakhali-Moghbazar road due to the rescue operation of the collapsed building
 arrow No 'engineered election', says Hasina
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the 14-party opposition combine and the people will not allow any 'engineered election' in the country and so, the alliance government must reform
 arrow Bill passed to formulate building code
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed a bill empowering the government to formulate a national building code to ensure construction standards with a provision for punishment in case of non-compliance with
 arrow Electricity crisis compounded
The country experienced a 1,200 MW load-shedding yesterday as the 71 MW Baghabari power unit tripped and the 360 MW CDC Globeleq Haripur plant failed to resume its scheduled operation after maintenance.
 arrow Moudud, AL criticise speaker
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed and the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday criticised the speaker in parliament for allowing personal clarification on matters already expunged from the House proceedings.
 arrow PM for law for safe buildings
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the Housing and Public Works Ministry to take immediate steps in framing appropriate law to ensure public safety in buildings and establishments.
 arrow RMG workers call strike for March 2
Bangladesh Garment Workers Trade Union Centre (BGWTUC) will observe a dawn to dusk strike on March 2 protesting against the factory owners' failure to provide safety to workers and demanding removal of
 arrow Heated debate in JS
Lawmakers of ruling BNP and the main opposition Awami League (AL) got into a bitter argument in parliament yesterday, taking part in the discussion on motion of thanks on the president's address.
 arrow HC extends no-work order for 4 weeks
The High Court yesterday extended for four weeks the injunction order on carrying out judicial functions by Rezaul Karim Khan Chunnu, a divisional special judge of Dhaka.
 arrow 2 cops hurt in bomb attack
Two police constables were seriously injured in bomb attacks at Komorpur of Mujibnagar upazila in Meherpur district yesterday.
 arrow Government's will enough to contain bigots
US Commission on International Religious Freedom yesterday met leaders of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh at the latter's Bakshibazar headquarters yesterday afternoon and expressed their concern about
 arrow Open-pit mining to hurt farming for 15yrs only
The proposed open-pit coalmine in Phulbari in Dinajpur will affect agricultural production for the first 15 years, but the situation will improve afterwards due to rehabilitation of land and introduction
 arrow Marines come out against Arroyo
The crisis surrounding Philippine President Gloria Arroyo deepened yesterday as opposition figures rallied to a call for support from a Marine colonel linked to a coup plot against her.
 arrow Pirate killed in 'shootout' with police
A pirate leader was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and police at Boyarchar in Tajumuddin upazila early yesterday. The deceased, Bachchu, 40, was the lynchpin of Bachchu Bahini.
 arrow US starts to play a role in Kashmir solution: Bush
US President George W Bush has said he has "started to play a role" in resolving the Kashmir issue by calling for a solution agreeable to all parties and emphasised the need for "tangible progress" on
Businessarrow Forex reserves cross $3b
Foreign exchange reserves crossed US$ three billion again yesterday, thanks to the International Monetary Fund's anti-poverty loan. The foreign exchange reserves stood at US$ 3.01 billion yesterday.
 arrow Farmers need equity share in agro-industry for poverty alleviation
Economist Prof Rehman Sobhan yesterday underscored the need for providing farmers with equity share in the country's agro-based industrial units for overall poverty alleviation and rural development.
 arrow Cut in graft, improved infrastructure key to wooing FDI
Cutting corruption and improving infrastructure are essential for Bangladesh to become a preferred investment destination, Canadian High Commissioner in Dhaka Barbara Richardson said yesterday.
 arrow South Asian tourism growth hinges on regional co-operation
Regional co-operation among South Asian countries is needed to make the region the most attractive tourism hub in the world, ADB Country Director Hua Du said yesterday.
 arrow Jayson Pharma celebrates 50 years of operations
Jayson Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a concern of Jayson Group of Companies, Saturday celebrated its 50 years of operations.
 arrow Saifur leaves for S'pore
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday left Dhaka for Singapore on a four-day official visit.
 arrow India budget seen focusing more on populism
India's Congress-led government will accent populism rather than bold reform in its budget for Asia's third-largest economy next Tuesday as it seeks to deliver on pledges to the poor, economists say.
 arrow Japan no longer in deflation
Japan's economy is no longer in deflation, and the Bank of Japan ought to end its quantitative easing policy if conditions are met, the economy and banking minister said Sunday, further fueling speculation
 arrow Hotel boom hits KL
New hotels are shooting up around the Malaysia's capital's iconic Petronas Twin Towers, in a building boom fuelled by a bullish outlook for the economy and tourism industry, industry experts say.
 arrow S Korea-US free trade deal top priority
South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun said Sunday that reaching a free trade deal with the United States will be the top priority for his government during his remaining tenure.
 arrow AKTEL opens customer care centre in Rajshahi
Mobile phone operator AKTEL has opened a customer care centre in Rajshahi.
 arrow Mitsubishi to scale back mobile phone business in China
Mitsubishi Electric is planning on drastically scaling back its money-losing mobile phone handset business in China and sacking about 200 employees, a report said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A Barisal surprise
Leaders Rajshahi looked the likely winners the other day, but fell on all fours in the second essay on the third day to present Barisal an unlikely victory.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar exudes confidence
Bangladesh have the opportunity to put their dismal Test record against Sri Lanka behind them with the start of two-match series on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies' late recovery
Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey shared a century partnership and Brett Lee hit out powerfully as an injury-hit Australian team reached a competitive total in the first one-day international againstSouth
 arrow Cricket: Coach backs selectors
India coach Greg Chappell is backing the selection process that will pit a youthful squad against an experienced England side in the first Test of their three-match series starting in Nagpur on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Racist slur mars Barca win
Barcelona beat Real Zaragoza 2-0 to stay comfortably at the top of the Spanish league on Saturday but their victory was overshadowed by the appalling racist abuse of Samuel Eto'o.
 arrow Football: Chelsea bounce back
Frank Lampard steered Chelsea to a 2-0 win over Portsmouth while Arsenal's Champions League hopes for next season suffered a bodyblow with a 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Dubai Open goes to Henin-Hardenne
Justine Henin-Hardenne looked nothing like the exhausted player who had retired in the final of the Australian Open a month ago as she outplayed Maria Sharapova to win the Dubai Open for a third timein
 arrow Football: Becks caught off guard by his son
England captain David Beckham confessed he is befuddled by his six-year-old son Brooklyn's maths homework in an interview with The Mail on Sunday newspaper.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan clinch hockey series with India
India fought back from 0-3 down to hold arch-rivals Pakistan to a creditable 3-3 draw in the sixth and last Test of the bilateral hockey series at the Army Hockey Stadium here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Gavaskar tells Ganguly to play on
Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has on Saturday urged Sourav Ganguly not to retire from playing despite being overlooked for the first Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: PCB may turn to American fielding coach
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating the name of an American fielding coach ahead of former South African fielding great Jonty Rhodes for the national team's series against England.
 arrow Football: Pak veterans to play 5 friendly matches
Pakistani former booters will play five friendly matches against Bangladeshi counterparts in Narayanganj, Dhaka, Cox's Bazar and Chandpur.
 arrow Football: Fiorentina stage heroic fightback
Fiorentina shrugged off two straight defeats to stage a come-from-behind 4-2 win over Parma on Saturday and move into fourth in Serie A.
 arrow Football: Kewell strike sinks City
Australian winger Harry Kewell strengthened Liverpool's hopes of finishing in the Premiership's top two as Manchester City lost 1-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Tait cannot stop NSW
Australian Test fast bowler Shaun Tait took six wickets but could not prevent New South Wales from winning the domestic one-day cricket title for the fourth time in six seasons at the Adelaide Oval here
 arrow Football: Heinze on the comeback trail
Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze is winning his battle to be fit for the World Cup finals in Germany starting in June, according to Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
 arrow Cricket: Kochi ODI is a day game
The Kerala Cricket Association on Saturday said the India-England one-dayer to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on April 6, would be a day match after it was decided in the BCCI meeting at
 arrow Cricket: England, India reach Nagpur
England and Indian cricket teams arrived here Sunday for the first Test to be played at the Vidarbha Cricket Association ground from Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Easy win for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe cruised to an eight-wicket win in the first one-day international against Kenya in Bulawayo on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Build up social movement against child labour: President
Amid much enthusiasm and spontaneity among children, 'Bangladesh Children Festival 2006' began yesterday at Bangladesh China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC) in the city.
 arrow Rural development a must for economic progress
Speakers at a discussion here yesterday underscored the need for further strengthening the local government institutions and building rural infrastructures to achieve more progress in economy.
 arrow Call to further consolidate US-Bangladesh friendship
Speakers at a workshop yesterday urged the Bangladeshis and the American people to increase their studies on both the societies and cultures to help further consolidate the existing friendship and cooperation
 arrow Energy Div okays Niko plan
The Energy Division has recommended the approval of Niko-plan for developing the Chhatak gas field and sought decision from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
 arrow Mock crash exercise at ZIA
A mock crash exercise was held at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday where the rescue team rushed to help survivors of a plane crash.
 arrow Banglabazar bookshops' strike Mar 7
Bangladesh Book Publishers and Sellers' Association yesterday demanded of the government to withdraw value added tax (VAT) from imported papers and reduce price of locally produced papers to ensure supply
 arrow SSKOP 3-hour work abstention on March 1
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad will abstain from work for three hours and hold a rally on March 1 protesting government reluctance to publish the gazette notification of 40 percent dearness
 arrow Teenager killed in clash over cricket match in Jessore
The death of a teenage boy, who was injured in a clash over cricket match on Friday, triggered fresh clashes at Shajalpur village in Jessore yesterday.
 arrow 2 killed, 79 hurt in road crashes
At least two people were killed and 79 others injured in separate road accidents in Rajbari and Comilla on Saturday night and yesterday.
 arrow Injunction on Taxes Bar Assoc polls
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the election commissioner of the Dhaka Taxes Bar Association (DTBA), its president and secretary not to conduct the annual general election of 2006-2007 to be held today.
 arrow US Embassy shocked at loss of lives
The US Embassy expressed deep shock at the loss of lives in building collapse in Dhaka and fire incident in Chittagong.
 arrow TH Khan-led panel BJAF announced
Advocate TH Khan and Post and Telecommunications Minister Barrister Aminul Haque led faction of Bangladesh Jatiyabadi Ainjibi Forum (BJAF) yesterday nominated Advocate ABM Nurul Islam and Barrister Abdullah-al
 arrow DU dean polls Today
The elections of deans in the seven faculties of Dhaka University (DU), seven months after its term expired in June last year, will be held today.
 arrow Girl's body recovered from canal
Police yesterday recovered the body of a six-year-old girl from a canal at Rampura in the capital.
 arrow Ramakrishna's birthday celebration begins today
A five-day celebration of the 171st birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna will begin on the Ramakrishna Mission premises in the city today, says a press release.
 arrow Exim Bank donation for cancer hospital
Export Import Bank of Bangladesh Ltd (Exim Bank) Foundation donated Tk 20 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow 27 bridges set up during tenure of govt: Huda
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday told the Jatiya Sangsad that 27 bridges were constructed at a cost of Tk 3505.79 crore during the tenure of present government.
 arrow Int'l Recreation Club executives
Sanjay Saldanha, head of the corporate affairs department of the Partex Group, has been re-elected president of the International Recreation Club Ltd. (IC), says a press release.
Nationalarrow DoE mute as illegal hill cutting goes on in Sylhet
The Department of Environment (DOE) is virtually inactive here while illegal hill cutting and stone extraction by digging soil are going on unabated in different hill areas including the picturesque Jafflong
 arrow Look before you leap !
The government is setting up an eco-park at Kuakata sea beach without any plan to protect it from tidal wave and erosion.
 arrow Migratory birds feel free in Hail Haor
Arrival of migratory birds has substantially increased in Hail Haor in Moulvibazar this year.
 arrow 'Magic' tomato of BARI
Farmers were beaming in with high hopes. They achieved something very unusual.
 arrow Sewerage collapses within one year of opening
The sanitary system at newly built Patuakhali General Hospital has collapsed due to alleged faulty design, creating an unbearable condition for patents and doctors.
 arrow 2 held for bomb attack on Khulna AL leader
Detective Police arrested alleged terrorists Bomaru Kamrul alias Kala Kamrul and Nazrul Islam on Saturday from Phulbari Gate area of Khulna city.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in Jhenidah
A leader of ruling BNP was shot dead near Ganna Bazaar in Jhenidah Sadar upazila Saturday night.
 arrow Timber traders in two hill districts call off hartal
A 48-hour hartal called by Kath Babshayee Sangram Parishad (KBSP) in two hill districts of Khagrachhari and Rangamati was withdrawn at 6 pm yesterday.
 arrow Schoolboy not rescued four months into abduction
A schoolboy could not be rescued even four and a half months into his abduction.
Point-Counterpointarrow The language of protest in the Islamic world
The publication of a series of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) in a little known Danish newspaper in September last year has snowballed into outburst of protest from the Muslim community the world
 arrow The risk of bird flu in live chicken markets
Now that bird flu is in India, we have to admit that an outbreak in Bangladesh has become very likely.
 arrow Professor Muhammad Shamsul Huq (1910-2006) as I knew him
National Professor Muhammad Shamsul Huq passed away on February 23 at 5 pm at his residence in Eskaton Garden in Dhaka. He has been ill for some time and he died due to complications of old age.
Culturearrow Saying it with jute sacking
KAZI Sayed's exhibition, titled In Search of Affinity is on till February 28 at the Alliance Francaise. Detailing his eye-catching works, he says, "On the base of my paintings I've put laminated jutesacking.
 arrow "Bangladeshi actors need to hone theatrical performances"-- Tobias Biancone
Swiss poet Tobias Biancone is a member of the Executive Council, ITI Worldwide Committee and also founder of the Playwrights' Forum of ITI. At present he is an honorary member of the forum.
 arrow Today's attraction-- Janmodin, Behular Bhashan and Koibarto Bidroho
As part of the ongoing ITI theatre festival, Theatre (Baily road) will stage Janmodin at the Mahila Samity Stage today.
 arrow Tonight's episode of Flat No-40
The 36th episode of the drama serial Flat No-40 will be aired tonight at 8:30pm on ATN Bangla.
Internationalarrow Iran, Russia reach a preliminary accord
Iran and Russia have reached a preliminary agreement on a plan aimed at easing fears the Islamic republic could acquire nuclear weapons, a senior Iranian official said yesterday.
 arrow Nuke, terrorism issues to hog Bush in S Asia trip
US President George W.
 arrow Iraqi leaders call for calm
A bomb killed five people at a bus station south of Baghdad yesterday, breaking a relative calm after Iraqi and US leaders appealed for an end to days of sectarian bloodshed that have pitched Iraq toward
 arrow 90,000 checked for bird flu in India
Indian officials battling a bird flu outbreak culled hundreds of thousands of chickens and checked around 90,000 people for symptoms in Gujarat state as authorities ordered tests on dead birds at theother
 arrow Abbas may resign if Hamas limits policies
Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas has hinted he may resign should Hamas limit his policies as Israel's acting premier and a US envoy were set to discuss ways yesterday to extend aid that bypass the Islamists.
 arrow Tigers put Lanka on notice after talks
Embattled Sri Lanka may have borrowed time after talks at this serene Swiss village where the South Asian nation's warring sides agreed to stop the killings till summer.
 arrow Rockets hit Pakistani minister's home
Assailants fired rockets yesterday at the home of a provincial Cabinet minister in Pakistan's restive southwestern Baluchistan province, killing a guest and wounding eight other people, police said.
 arrow Militants take over Afghan prison wing
Taliban and al-Qaeda militants took control of a wing of the Afghan capital's main high security prison and at least 30 prisoners were wounded in attempts to quell the riot, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan detains 19 ahead of cartoons protest
Pakistani authorities detained 19 militants in the eastern city of Lahore after they vowed to defy a ban on rallies over cartoons lampooning Prophet Hazrat Mohammad (SM), police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: More deaths from building collapse
OUR inability to respond efficiently to post-disaster situation has been highlighted yet again following the Tejgaon building collapse on Saturday.
 arrow Editorial: Onus very much on BGMEA
IN almost all instances, fire tragedies in the garment sector have taken place due to non-compliance of laid-down safety procedures on the part of the factory owners, a statement that can be made without
 arrow Reading tea leaves
There are all sorts of players involved in the election process other than the political parties, or indeed the election commission and caretaker government that are now at the centre of political attention,
 arrow Why the US is hesitant to take on Iran?
The US and Israel have been itching to take on Iran since their strategic setback caused by the latter's Islamic revolution of 1979 which overthrew the monarchy, the great friend of both, and broughtto
 arrow Muslim headcount in Indian army: Hypocrisy or misconceived fears?
The Manmohan Singh government has unfortu-nately dropped the move to collate data on the status of Muslims in India's armed forces.
Letters to Editorarrow Kalurghat tragedy: A futile reminder?
Kalurghat is witness to many significant events in our history and now it has witnessed the most terrible fire incident in the chronology of our garments factory disasters.
 arrow Humiliation!
Humiliation of the Muslims by the West has been going on for a long time, but in recent times the frequency of such incidences has increased.
 arrow Widening rich-poor gap
Sitting at my study desk in a well-furnished room in the middle of the night when temperature outside must be hovering around freezing point (but I have no trouble in concentrating on my studies in the
 arrow Bangladesh and tele density
Have my fellow readers of the Daily Star noticed that the discourse related to tele density in Bangladesh seems to have disappeared or reduced of late? Have we wondered why that may be? Here is a hypothesis.
 arrow Which is the greater evil?
Just before the invasion of Iraq by the American and British forces in 2003, President Bush addressed the United Nations and delivered a speech, in which he said: "If the number of his own people that
 arrow Political crisis in Bangladesh
People mistrust people. One group can't stand the criticism of another. Political tranquillity of the country is very much disturbed.
 arrow Pledge to our nation
The month of February inevitably causes us to reflect on the Martyrs of Bangla Language Movement, their valour, selflessness and deep love for our Motherland.
 arrow Let's put a stop to dowry
In the newspapers everyday we read about many crises. Along with these news it is now common to hear news related to 'Dowry'.
Star Cityarrow Raking through rubble
"My little daughter was crushed under a huge slab, as the six-storey Phoenix building collapsed in the blink of an eye," said a wailing Tajul Islam Shahin, father of five year old Shaila.
 arrow Load shedding -- summer's nightmare
With the scorching heat of summer back to stay for a quite a while, city dwellers have now begun to face unimaginable difficulties and inconvenience because of the long and unsystematic load sheddingcaused
 arrow Dogs, obedience trials on show
Squeaky shrieks, soft and deep barks were heard once again as owners of almost 76 dogs gathered on Saturday morning at the Begum Rowshanara Sharak in Bashundara Residential area to put their animals on
 arrow Century old building set to be demolished
The century old building at 27, Park Avenue, presently the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) headquarters will be completely demolished to construct a six-storey building in its place, said Public Works
 arrow Pirated copies sold openly at book fair
Pirated books and books written in other languages are being sold abundantly at most stalls of the book fair against Ekushey book fair regulations and the spirit of Amar Ekushey.
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