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Front Pagearrow Biggest arms haul in CHT in 3 years
A joint team of army and BDR yesterday seized another huge cache of arms and ammunition from Naikkhongchhari upazila in this district, destroying two dens of gunrunners in a 36-hour operation on Mirinja
 arrow Sunny, Awal come face to face with JMB chief today
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman will be brought face to face today with his brother Ataur Rahman Sunny and son-in-law Abdul Awal Sarker for interrogation about the militant outfit's
 arrow Many RMG units still unsafe
Apparently unmoved by recurring accidents in garment sector claiming hundreds of lives and leaving thousands injured, the factory owners are yet to wake up to the urgency of taking effective steps toensure
 arrow Biman to reroute NY flight to halve loss
Failing to make the Dhaka-New York flight operation a financially viable venture for Biman, the authorities of the national flag carrier are now planning to re-route the longest of its 26 international
 arrow Army puts decision on hold
The army has put on hold its decision to resume after 25 years short course training for recruited officers to address shortage in junior-level officers, failing to get adequate number of suitable candidates.
 arrow Rahman will be tried under existing laws
Minister for Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said JMB chief Abdur Rahman will be tried under existing laws and the charges pressed against him are very effective.
 arrow Tk 1cr rescue cost, owner pays nothing
The government spent about Tk 1 crore to clear the rubble of the collapsed Phoenix building at Tejgaon but the owners of the faulty building remain beyond any compulsion for bearing the costs due to lack
 arrow A Rare Sight


 arrow Inflation rate dips further in January
The overall inflation rate on point-to-point basis declined in January by 0.48 percentage point and inflation rate of food, non-food items both in rural and urban areas dropped.
 arrow Galib, Rahman on same boat of 'revolution'
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman started the so-called "Islamic Revolution" with support from international patrons and by joining hands with Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab)
 arrow Hasina calls for fight against militancy, graft
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the people to fight against anti-liberation forces, militancy, corruption, misrule and unprincipled politics to uphold the sprit of the Liberation
 arrow PM to open Adamjee industrial park tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia opens an industrial park at the site of the closed Adamjee Jute Mill tomorrow.
 arrow Vote for able leaders, not for symbols
Gano Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday urged people to vote for qualified persons, not for symbols, as none of the party symbols is free from allegation of corruption.
 arrow Supplementary charge sheet accuses Bangla Bhai
A supplementary charge sheet of a case filed with Mollahat Police Station under Bagerhat district on August 15, 2002 was submitted to a court at Bagerhat Thursday evening, accusing eight Islamist militants,
 arrow Outage in north dists worsens
Power outage in the northern region showed no signs of let-up with Rajshahi and Rangpur zones witnessing 400MW load-shedding yesterday.
 arrow 200 injured in clash with cops
At least 200 people were injured, 81 by rubber bullets, during a clash between police and villagers at Gouranga village under Sunamganj Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Ruta to observe strike today
Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) will observe a strike today demanding immediate arrest of and punishment to the killers of Professor Taher Ahmed and Professor Muhammad Yunus.
 arrow US, Pakistan renew vow to fight terror
President Bush and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf recommitted their nations yesterday to the difficult task of hunting down terrorists still hiding here and across the globe.
 arrow Embattled Thai PM vows to fight on despite poll boycott call
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra said yesterday his political future would be decided at the ballot box as the political opposition pressed ahead with a boycott of snap elections next month.
 arrow Pedestrians in danger


 arrow Raped girl commits suicide
A teenage girl, who was raped on Friday night, committed suicide yesterday due to shame and being denied justice.
 arrow Bomb blast injures 2 in Jhenidah
Two people were injured in a bomb explosion near Government Women's College in the town last night.
 arrow Human chain formed for compensation
Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bela) formed a human chain in front of the local press club yesterday demanding compensation for the fire victims of KTS Textile and garments Factory.
 arrow Indo-Pak leaders firm on ending Kashmir row
US President George W. Bush said yesterday that Indian and Pakistani leaders whom he met this week were committed to resolving the decades-old Kashmir dispute.
 arrow Kushtia outlaw killed by rivals
A regional leader of outlawed Ganomukti Fouz was killed Friday night allegedly by the operatives of Biplobi Communist Party (BCP).
 arrow Two robbers lynched in Ctg
Two unidentified robbers were lynched by an angry mob at a remote village in Lohagara upazila of the district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow All set for 78th Oscar
Tension reached fever pitch as Hollywood began the final countdown to today's Oscars, with a posse of "serious" films, led by "Brokeback Mountain," set to overrun the big night.
 arrow 'Stealth sharks' to patrol the seas
The Pentagon is reportedly funding research into neural implants with the ultimate hope of turning sharks into "stealth spies" capable of gliding undetected through the ocean.
 arrow 3 injured in blast at Urs
Three people, including two women, were injured in a bomb blast near the shrine of Dewan Mahbub Raja at Umed Nagar here last night.
Businessarrow Dhaka may provide 522 products with free access
Dhaka is likely to provide 522 products of three least developed countries (LDCs) of Bimstec with duty-free access between June 2006 and June 2009.
 arrow Revised draft coal policy to hinder increased investment
Barclays Capital, the investment banking division of Barclays Group, has said the provisions of 'coal export' and 'mandatory power stations' in the revised draft coal policy will hinder increased investment
 arrow Bush urges India to lift cap on FDI
US President George W Bush on Friday urged India to open up its economy by lifting the cap on foreign direct investment and providing American farm and industrial products as well as services with market
 arrow Indo-Bangla joint working group meet on trade deferred for two months
An important meeting of the Bangladesh-India joint working group on trade has been deferred for at least two months, apparently leaving on the backburner some issues vital for expansion of bilateral economic
 arrow Saifur leaves for London to attend 'Asia 2015' confce
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday left Dhaka for London to attend a conference.
 arrow US exaggerates IPR violations
The US government should not exaggerate the intellectual property rights (IPR) issue in trade relations with China, Chinese trade researchers said on Friday (March 3).
 arrow No objections to Iranian gas pipeline to Pakistan, India
US President George W. Bush said Saturday he had no objections to an Iranian linked pipeline to supply natural gas to India and Pakistan.
 arrow Vietnam closer to WTO as talks end with Australia
Vietnam has come one step closer to admission to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) after concluding accession talks with a major partner, Australia, an official said Friday.
 arrow Emirates awarded for in-flight entertainment
Emirates once again gained prestigious industry recognition at the '2006 Skytrax Awards for Airline Excellence', taking top honours in the category for 'Inflight Entertainment Excellence'.
 arrow Taiwan's China Airlines net profit falls 88pc
China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's leading carrier, said Friday its net profit in 2005 fell 88 percent from a year earlier due to surging fuel costs. CAL posted a 500 million Taiwan dollar (15.
 arrow Air Asia offers to take up Malaysia Airlines assets
Budget carrier AirAsia has offered to take on staff and aircraft from ailing Malaysia Airlines if it wins approval to ply most of the national airline's domestic network, a report said Saturday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Runs rain on Day Two
Captain Ehsanul Haque converted his overnight half-century to a hundred as Chittagong tightened their grip on table-toppers Sylhet at the end second day's play of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket
 arrow Cricket: Ntini sends Aussie crashing
Makhaya Ntini took the best figures by a South African in one-day international cricket as South Africa crushed Australia by 196 runs in the second one-day international at Newlands Friday.
 arrow Cricket: England sniff win after Cook ton
Alastair Cook ground out a century on debut and Kevin Pietersen smashed a blistering 87 to boost England's chances of forcing a win in the opening Test against India in Nagpur on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: West Indies duck whitewash
The West Indies got a much-needed confidence boost before their Test series against New Zealand after pulling off an unlikely three-wicket win Saturday to avoid a whitewash in the one-day series.
 arrow Cricket: Debutant grabs the glory
Alastair Cook was in jubilant mood after becoming just the 16th England Test batsman to hit a century on debut. The Essex opener's patient knock took almost six hours and he said: "It is unbelievable.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares 2nd position
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman shared the second position along with International Master Reefat Bin Sattar and Abdullah Al-Rakib in the ONGC Cup International Grand Master Chess Tournament after the ninth
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo in Qatar Open final
Top-seeded Amelie Mauresmo of France defeated Martina Hingis 6-2, 6-2 Friday and will play second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia in the final of the Qatar Open.
 arrow Football: Politicians join Klinsmann rap
Germany's humiliating 4-1 defeat by Italy on Wednesday left coach Jurgen Klinsmann with criticism ringing in his ears and even German politicians are demanding an explanation ahead of this summer's World
 arrow Football: Carlos defends Real stars
Real Madrid full back Roberto Carlos has defended himself and his teammates against criticism about their attitude from out-going president Florentino Perez and his successor Fernando Martin.
 arrow Football: Camcorders not allowed at WC
Football fans will not be allowed to tape their team live at this summer's World Cup with German organisers banning supporters from bringing video camcorders into the 12 World Cup stadia.
 arrow Football: Blatter urges fair-play
FIFA president Sepp Blatter called for fair play from Chelsea and Barcelona when they meet in what is expected to be a highly-charged Champions League match at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Zim ride on Rinke
A battling 72 from opener Piet Rinke helped Zimbabwe to beat Kenya by 109 runs on Friday and level their five-match one-day series at 2-2.
 arrow Chess: Parag finishes first
Mehdi Hasan Parag drew his last round match with fellow FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil to become champion in the preliminary round of Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship yesterday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea edge closer to title
Chelsea took another step closer to retaining their Premiership title and increased the pressure on relegation-threatened West Brom with a 2-1 win in Saturday's lunchtime clash at The Hawthorns.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo left out of Madrid derby
Ronaldo has been left out of Real Madrid's squad for the city derby against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Govt plans to amend laws for objective journalism
Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Barrister Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday said the government is contemplating an amendment to the laws to help promote objective journalism through upholding the national policies.
 arrow Specific allocation for women in next budget demanded
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for specific allocation for women's development in the next budget and demanded direct election of women in the reserved seats for women in the parliament
 arrow Separate fare structure for CNG bus soon
The government will sit with the CNG bus operators soon to introduce a separate fare structure for such bus service, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 'Women's issues yet to get proper treatment in media'
Although media is playing an important role in creating awareness about gender inequality, issues concerning women are yet to get proper and positive treatment in it, said the speakers at a discussion
 arrow Rules bent for Zia's portrait
The Jahangirnagar University (JU) authorities have allowed the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, to paint a giant portrait of late president Ziaur Rahman on the front wall
 arrow 'Effective use of technology a must to increase agri products'
Scientists at a workshop yesterday urged all concerned to increase agri-productivity through effective use and spread of appropriate technologies in remote areas to improve people's livelihood.
 arrow College student stabbed to death in Ctg
Miscreants stabbed a student to death yesterday evening at the United Nations Park near Panchlaish Police Station in Chittagong.
 arrow Uninterrupted power supply demanded
Citizensí Rights Movement staged a demonstration in front of the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University yesterday demanding uninterrupted power supply across the country.
 arrow Khaleda goes to Nandail today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to visit Nandail upazila in the district today. During the visit, she will inaugurate a 17-kilometer-long Nandail-Dewanganj Road.
 arrow Property worth Tk 50 lakh gutted in N'ganj
Property worth about Tk 50 lakh was gutted in fire at the Islamia Board Mills in Pagla Chitashal area of Fatulla yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Interview of students from Mar 12
Interview of the students who became successful in the admission test under 'Gha' unit of Dhaka University will be held as per merit list from March 12 to 16.
 arrow Asian Art Exhibition begins today
The 12th Biennial Asian Art Exhibition begins at the Osmani Memorial Hall here today. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to inaugurate the exhibition as the chief guest.
 arrow New book launched
A book titled 'Obak Alir Nishidhdho Pollee O Onnanno Katha', written by retired civil servant Mahbubar Rahman, was launched at the Novera Auditorium of the National Museum in the city recently, says a
 arrow Appeal for help
Md Alauddin Sagor, a driver who has been suffering from Hepatitis B, appeals for financial assistance for his treatment.
Nationalarrow Hectic campaign for 14-party grand rally
Hectic campaigns are going on for Barisal divisional 'grand rally' of the 14-party opposition alliance, scheduled to be held at the Bangabandhu Uddyan here tomorrow.
 arrow JMB chief operated under govt protection: Motia
Awami League (AL) Presidium member Motia Chowdhury yesterday reiterated her party's claim that Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) was a creation of BNP-Jamaat government and its chief Abdur Rahmanexpanded
 arrow JCD cadres attack BCL procession at PSTU: 30 hurt
At least 30 activists of Bangladesh Chatra League (BCL), student front of opposition Awami League, were injured when their procession was attacked at Patuakhali Science and Technology University (PSTU)
 arrow Pirates loot 7 trawlers, throw 30 fishermen into sea
Armed pirates Friday night looted at seven fishing trawlers, beat and injured about 50 fishermen and threw 30 others into the sea in the estuary of Andharmanik river.
 arrow 3 women lured to India five years ago return home
Three young Bangladeshi women returned home on Friday after staying in Indian jails and shelter homes for five years.
 arrow Road barricade in Khagrachhari again from tomorrow
Indigenous people under the banner of Nagorik Committee yesterday called for an indefinite barricade on Khagrachhari-Mohalchhari-Rangamati road from tomorrow.
 arrow Four bombs found in Satkhira
Police yesterday recovered four bombs from a heap of straw at Laxmidari village in Sadar upazila. Police said, Firoza Begum, wife of Zulfiqar Ali of the village saw the bombs and informed it to them.
 arrow Outlaw killed in Pabna
A leader of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) was killed by his rivals at Chorolla Charpur village in Suzanagar upazila early Friday.
 arrow Boy burnt alive in Gaibandha
A 13-year-old schoolboy was burnt alive and property worth over Tk 2 lakh gutted in a big fire at Khatiyamari village in Fulchhari upazila Friday night. Amjad Hossain was killed in his sleep.
Point-Counterpointarrow Which way to Mauritania?
Most people have never heard of the West African state of Mauritania and do not want to, either. See how you feel at the end of this article.
 arrow A glimpse of election year politics
In my last visit to the countryside I could see many colourful posters of the prospective national assembly candidates. They were also lining up people for election campaign, doling out cash and kind.
 arrow Unwelcome home
No dome, no minaret, no call to prayer, just an unmarked house in a secret location. This is Eid prayers for the Ahmadiyya Muslim community of Karachi, Pakistan.
Culturearrow Film Award '05 held amidst glitz and glamour
AN open-air award giving ceremony for Bangaldeshi cinema organised by Concord Entertainment Company Ltd was held at Fantasy Kingdom, Ashulia on March 3.
 arrow A reflection of contemporary world
33 paintings by eminent artist Mohammad Fokhrul Islam are on display at Alliance Francaise. The untitled paintings narrate different stories.
 arrow Farida Parveen's soothing tunes
Cultural organisation Orchestra held a musical soiree at the All Community Club Hall, Dhaka on March 3.
 arrow Bangladeshi art to be displayed at Commonwealth Games
The Bengal Gallery has been nominated coordinator of the Bangladeshi part of the art exhibition organised in connection with the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, 2006.
 arrow Natya Parban '06 begins
With the commitment to introduce diverse forms of theatre, an eight-day long drama festival titled "Natya Parban-2006", organised by Jahangirnagar Theatre (JT), began from March 3 at the Jahangirnagar
Generalarrow Ex-Rucsu leaders observe token hunger strike in capital today
Seven former vice-presidents and general secretaries of Rajshahi University Central Students' Union (Rucsu) will observe a token hunger strike at Muktangon in the capital from 10.00am to 1.
 arrow Protest against attempt on life of JU journo
Members of Jahangirnagar University Journalists Association (JUJA) took out a silent procession on the campus yesterday protesting the attempt on the life of the daily Prothom Alo correspondent Nur Siddiqui
 arrow Schoolboy killed in Sirajganj road accident
A schoolboy was killed and three others were injured in a road accident at Balshabari Bazar area on Bogra-Nagarbari highway at Ullapara upazila yesterday.
 arrow 170 sacks of fertiliser seized in Gopalganj
Detective Police seized 170 sacks of fertiliser from a trawler near Bherar Bazaar in Sadar upazila and arrested three alleged black marketeers yesterday.
Internationalarrow Ties with India, S Asia to boost US security
US President George W.
 arrow Door wide open for UN action against Iran
Little seems to stand in the way of the crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions being handed over to the UN Security Council next week after last-ditch EU-Iran talks failed to reach an agreement.
 arrow No lasting peace until Israel pulls out
Hamas will not reach peace with Israel until the Jewish state withdraws from Palestinian territory it occupied in 1967, the radical movement's leader said Friday after landmark first talks with a world
 arrow Detentions mount in Pakistan to stifle anti-Bush protests
Pakistani authorities held leading opposition politicians, including hundreds of Islamists, in detention on Saturday to stop them protesting against US President George W. Bush's visit to the country.
 arrow Bush cool to Pakistan
US President George W. Bush gave no sign yesterday that he would support granting Pakistan the same kind of nuclear agreement just reached with India.
 arrow US signals abandonment of nuclear disarmament
The United States has signalled its apparent abandonment of the goal of nuclear disarmament "for the foreseeable future" as it embarked on a quest for a new generation of nuclear warheads.
 arrow UK minister Jowell splits from husband amid 'bribe' scandal
British Culture Minister Tessa Jowell and her husband David Mills, who is mired in allegations of having taken a bribe from Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, have decided to separate, Mills's lawyerannounced
 arrow Blair under fire for evoking God in Iraq war decision
Tony Blair triggered strong reactions yesterday from parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and the political opposition, after the British prime minister evoked God in his decision to go to war.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Disclosure of wealth
One of the key pledges made by the BNP prior to the last election was that it would publish wealth statements of all public representatives in its efforts to combat corruption.
 arrow Editorial: Neglected polytechnic institutes
The state-run polytechnic institutes are facing a severe shortage of teachers, which is affecting the quality of education in an area deemed to be crucially important to industrial growth and national
 arrow What is behind the energy crisis?
Following a recent remark of the Finance Minister about fuel price hike, followed by other officials' "on again off again" price hike babble, unscrupulous traders, especially in the northern districts,
 arrow No beating about Bush
When Inder Kumar Gujral, then India's Prime Minister, met President Clinton in 1998 -- the first summit after many yearsthe former is believed to have remarked that America seemed to have forgotten that
Letters to Editorarrow Election
This letter intends to express my expectation from the media before this general election.
 arrow Three-member probe committee
Yet another fire in a textile factory and yet another story of injustice done to the working class and all we do about it is create a three-member probe committee to look into it.
 arrow Why no coverage for opposition leader?
It was a good day for parliamentary democracy in Bangladesh to have the leader of the house and the opposition leader facing each other.
 arrow Philippines scene
The Philippines, a democratically ruled country, is facing military problems. The country has also been facing insurgency in Mindanao province for a long period of time, but this appears to have beenovershadowed.
 arrow The role of opposition leader
Refer to the letter entitled "The role of opposition leader" published in The Daily Star on 10 February 06. The remarks our opposition leader made in the long march really drew my attention.
Star Healtharrow Measures to reduce newborn mortality
In order to decrease the perinatal and neonatal mortality of our country a holistic approach by all concerned is needed.
 arrow Cooked poultry safe from bird flu risk -- WHO
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that cooked poultry does not transmit bird flu in a bid to calm mounting consumer fears as the virus spreads.
 arrow Dislocation of bones
A dislocation is an injury in which the ends of your bones are forced from their normal positions.
 arrow Prevalence of lower limb rickets in Bangladesh slightly decreased
The national prevalence of rickets has slightly decreased from 0.26 percent to 0.12 percent between 2000 and 2004 in Bangladesh.
 arrow Check manufacturing & expiry date
It is an important question to know the expiry date of a medicine. This is the date before which the quality and quantity of a medicine remain acceptable for its intended use.
 arrow Studies advise men on prostate cancer, diabetes
Men should exercise vigorously at least three hours a week to stem potentially fatal cases of prostate cancer and consume daily helpings of low-fat dairy foods to hold off diabetes, two studies suggest.
 arrow Tomato extract may help lower blood pressure
A dietary supplement derived from tomatoes may help treat moderately elevated blood pressure, the results of a small study suggest.
 arrow Your Doctor
Sir
I have been suffering from neck ache for five years. I visited renowned orthopedic centers in Dhaka. When I bend or move my head, I feel pain.

Star Cityarrow Power outage causes loss to business
Frequent power cuts and low voltage problems have been causing losses in trade and business as both production and sales volume have declined, said traders in the city.
 arrow Fixed price list at markets -- a sham
A black board at one entrance to Karwan Bazar with names of certain commodities written in chalk and partly hidden by posters promoting a political candidate barely catches the attention of passers-by
 arrow Bogged down by technical faults
Visitors to the Bhashani Novo Theatre in the city alleged that the shows in the country's only planetarium are not regular these days due to technical problems.
 arrow Many students, no qualified teachers
Jagannath College that was declared a fully-fledged university in 1995 has yet to put right many of the existing problems.
 arrow Massive campaign against measles in city
Parents of more than 500 children below ten years lined up in long queues with their children inside the premises of in Tejgaon Government High School to take measles vaccination.
 
   
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