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Front Pagearrow Rahman had training on arms in Afghanistan
Abdur Rahman had his arms training and mastered the art of bomb-making while fighting against the former Soviet Union forces in Afghanistan and himself trained up the top-level leaders of outlawed Jama'atul
 arrow Ex-Jamaat leader's chequebooks found in Rahman's hideout
Two of the four bank chequebooks found in JMB chief Abdur Rahman's hideout at East Shaplabagh in Sylhet after his arrest belongs to former Jamaat-e-Islami ameer of Habiganj district Saidur Rahman.
 arrow Babar for pressing sedition charges
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said sedition charge will be brought against militant kingpin Abdur Rahman and all his associates soon.
 arrow Rab raids in Sylhet in search of top militant
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) was raiding different areas of Sylhet city till 1:30am for Sylhet divisional head of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow Mir Nasir critically injured, wife dead in Makkah
Former state minister for civil aviation and tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin was critically injured while his wife Dalia Nasir, 45, was killed in a road accident in Saudi Arabia last night.
 arrow Frantic farmers loot fertiliser
The country's biggest urea producer, Jamuna Fertiliser Factory, has remained out of operation for the last two weeks with farmers continuing to blockade roads and incidents of looting of fertiliser going
 arrow Donors want to shovel huge funds into railway
Development partners offered the government assistance for undertaking a massive restructuring programme for improving the worn out railway system in Bangladesh, but the government is hesitating thinking
 arrow Pak govt should try perpetrators of 1971 genocide
The Pakistan government should bring to justice the perpetrators of the genocide in Bangladesh in 1971, said Air Marshal (retired) M Asghar Khan of Pakistan yesterday.
 arrow The invisible people
It seems that we are going through a gorge, although there was no reason to think so, the feeling just hangs around us.
 arrow Lit up Sirajganj envy of dark north
The small northern town of Sirajganj, the electoral constituency of the state minister for power, is blessed when all other 15 northern districts are experiencing an average of 400MW load-shedding everyday.
 arrow LPG price spirals out of reach
Price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) has gone beyond the reach of its consumers.
 arrow 13 killed in Bogra road crash
At least 13 people including three women and a child were killed and over 100 were injured as two buses collided head-on at Noymile Bazar under Shajahanpur Police Station in the early hours today.
 arrow Garment workers demand stern punishment to owners
Garment workers yesterday laid siege to the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) office at Karwan Bazar in the capital, demanding stern punishment against the owners of the
 arrow 6 held with AK47 after gunfight in CHT
Army personnel yesterday arrested six people after a half-an-hour gunfight with a gang of armed criminals in Kala Pahar area of Mahalchhari in the district.
 arrow EC to wait for publication of voter list as appeal pending
The Election Commission (EC) will have to wait for some more time to schedule publication of the draft and final voter rolls as its appeal against the High Court's (HC) January 4 directives is still pending.
 arrow The deforestation

 arrow 14-party to lay siege to Desa office today
The Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine will lay siege to the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (Desa) office today protesting the unprecedented power crisis in the capital and most parts of
 arrow 2 DU students drowned in sea
Two students of Dhaka University (DU) on a holiday at the Saint Martin's Island were feared drowned as they went swimming in the sea yesterday.
 arrow Ministers' names on list protested by colleagues
Two ministers yesterday expressed their reservations about the inclusion of three cabinet ministers on this year's Independence Award short list, saying that it would politicise the prestigious award.
 arrow Season's first tornado kills 4 in Bagerhat
A tornado swept through six villages on Saturday night killing four people and injuring 50 others in Sharankhola upazila in Bagerhat while another tornado injured 12 people in Khulna.
 arrow Court rejects Bidisha's plea to go abroad
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the petition filed by former president HM Ershad's estranged wife Bidisha Ershad and her son Eric to go abroad for treatment.
 arrow A party unhappy with Rahman's capture: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday alleged that an opposition political party is unhappy over the arrest of terrorist kingpin Shaekh Abdur Rahman as it wants terrorism to continue and innocent people
 arrow Reveal names of JMB patrons within govt
Workers Party Politburo member Fazle Hossain Badsha yesterday demanded revelation of identities of those in the ruling alliance and administration who helped JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai
 arrow 50 Taliban militants killed by Pak troops
At least 50 pro-Taliban militants and five Pakistani soldiers were killed in one of the heaviest clashes in a restive tribal region bordering Afghanistan, officials said yesterday.
 arrow RU grinds to halt for teachers' strike
Rajshahi University came to standstill as Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) observed a strike yesterday.
 arrow IAEA meets today to make way for action against Iran
The UN atomic watchdog opens a meeting today that is expected to clear the way for the UN Security Council to consider acting against Iran over fears it seeks nuclear weapons.
 arrow Radio collar attached to second tiger
Bangladesh wildlife experts have fitted a radio collar on a second Royal Bengal tiger living in a dense coastal mangrove forest to learn more about the habits of the elusive cats, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Another robber lynched in Ctg
Mob lynched a robber at a Hathazari village yesterday, about 13 hours after similar incident that left two robbers dead at Lohagara upazia in the district.
 arrow Biman gets MD after 21 months
The national flag carrier, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, has finally got a fulltime managing director after long 21 months.
Businessarrow Adamjee EPZ eyes $400m investment in 18 months
Authorities expect $400 million investment in Adamjee export processing zone in the next 18 months as the country's seventh EPZ starts its journey today.
 arrow Up domestic expertise for project execution
Country Director of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Hua Du yesterday stressed the need for increasing role of domestic expertise in implementing development projects, saying foreign experts sometimes overlook
 arrow FBCCI seeks govt intervention
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), the apex trade body of the country, has sought government's intervention in curbing the galloping price of US dollar against taka.
 arrow Enact chartered secretaries law
Members of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers of Bangladesh (ICSMB) yesterday called upon the government for immediate passage of the draft 'Bangladesh Chartered Secretaries Act'.
 arrow High value agro-products key to boosting export
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for producing high value added agro-based products to strengthen the country's export basket.
 arrow CAG Bangladesh in INTOSAI capacity building committee
The Vienna-based International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) has included Asif Ali, comptroller and auditor general of Bangladesh, in the INTOSAI Capacity Building Committee engaged
 arrow Rejoinder
In a rejoinder to a news story headlined 'Writ petition for stay on TO licence vacated' published on this page March 2, Women Entrepreneurs Association of Bangladesh (WEAB) said the news item did notreflect
 arrow China targets investment slowdown
China will aim for a slowdown in investment growth this year, matching fiscal moderation with a cautious monetary policy, the top economic planning body said Sunday.
 arrow Sheraton offers 'Sweet Sleeper Bed'
In a bid to provide enhanced comfort for clients, Dhaka Sheraton Hotel, a concern of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc, has introduced 'Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed' at the hotel.
 arrow Australia may overtake South Africa as top gold producer
Australia could overtake South Africa as the world's biggest gold producer within a few years, a mining consultancy group has predicted.
 arrow HSBC hopes 8.3pc profit rise in 2005
Global banking giant HSBC Holdings is expected to deliver today an 8.3 percent profit increase in 2005, helped by continued strong growth in emerging markets, analysts said.
 arrow Pepsi, Star Cineplex sign deal
Renowned soft drink brand Pepsi signed an agreement with Star Cineplex on Wednesday.
 arrow India to sign MoU with China on agriculture
India will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China for cooperation in agriculture during the forthcoming visit of Chinese agriculture minister, Du Qinglin from March 26.
Sportsarrow Football: Cruciani drops 4 stalwarts
Diego Cruciani has dropped four stalwarts Arman Mia, Matiur Munna, Feroz Mahmud Titu and Ariful Kabir Farhad from Bangla-desh's preliminary squad for next month's AFC Challenge Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg, Rajshahi on top
Rajshahi and Chittagong stormed to the top of the first-class table of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League with outright victories against their respective oppositions yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Draw after late drama
Indian opener Wasim Jaffer celebrated his comeback Sunday with a maiden Test century as the first Test against England ended in a hard-fought draw after a thrilling finale.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting back with vengeance
Australian captain Ricky Ponting made top score of 62 in his comeback from injury in the third one-day international at St George's Park on Sunday. Australia made 254 for six after being sent in.
 arrow Cricket: Cook hailed
British newspapers were united in praise of Alastair Cook after the Essex batsman marked his England debut with a century in the second innings of the first Test against India at Nagpur.
 arrow Chess: Zia shares glory
Bangladeshi Grand Master Ziaur Rahman shared the 1st-6th positions in the ONGC Cup International Open Grandmasters Chess Tournament which concluded in Hyderabad, India yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers off to Bogra
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka cricket teams left Dhaka for Bogra yesterday for the second and final Test of the series.
 arrow Football: Big guns fire
Real Madrid put a turbulent week behind them on Saturday with a 2-1 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid but Barcelona moved on towards a title defence with Samuel Eto'o securing a 3-2 home win over
 arrow Football: Liverpool held again
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez was left lamenting his goal-shy players and goalkeeper Thomas Myhre's commendable efforts for a spirited Charlton side in a goalless draw at Anfield on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Juve on title-track
A half-time dressing-down from coach Fabio Capello helped Juventus to a 1-0 victory at Sampdoria on Saturday, which maintained their 10-point lead at the top of Serie A with 10 games left.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal ends Federer's record run
Rafael Nadal ended Roger Federer's open era record of successive wins on hard courts at 56 when he upset the title-holder 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Open here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Blatter criticises WC ticketing
FIFA President Sepp Blatter on Sunday criticised ticketing arrangements for the forthcoming World Cup finals in Germany, saying the Germans still had to prove they could hold a successful competition.
 arrow Tennis: Petrova spoils Mauresmo party
Nadia Petrova dashed Amelie Mauresmos hopes of grabbing the world number one spot by winning the WTA Qatar Open title 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ULAB in final
Hosts University of Liberal Arts (ULAB) defeated Independent University (IUB) by 96 runs in the second semifinal of the ULAB Fair Play Cup cricket tournament to set a final clash against State University.
 arrow Cricket: More closes door on Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly will not be recalled into the Indian team as long as the present selection committee is in office, Kiran More, the chairman of the five-man committee, told Cricinfo in an interview last
 arrow Cricket: Akram wishes Murali to take 1500 wkts
Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram wished Muttiah Muralidaran to scalp 1500 international wickets.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj back for second Test
Munaf Patel, who engineered an eight-wicket victory for the Board President's XI in Baroda last week, has been rewarded with a call up for the Mohali Test, with Vikram Raj Vir Singh making way for the
 arrow Football: UEFA consider use of two refs
European football governing body UEFA is to investigate the use of two referees in matches amid increasing claims of players faking injury.
Metropolitanarrow 10 killed, 74 injured in road accidents
At least 10 people were killed and 74 others injured in separate road accidents in Faridpur, Sylhet, Bagerhat and Meherpur yesterday.
 arrow Uphold humanity, promote good sense to meet demand of time
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the artists to uphold humanity and promote welfare, good sense and aesthetics through their wonderful artistic skill and intellect to meet the demand of thetime.
 arrow Hold open trial to prove JMB chief 's arrest not drama
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday demanded of the government to arrange an open trial of JMB chief Abdur Rahman allowing him to speak with the media and quiz the ministers andMPs
 arrow City dwellers trapped in sound level twice than tolerable
Dhaka City dwellers have been putting up with two times more sound volume than the tolerable level of volume set by the Environment Preservation Regulation 1997, a study on the degree of noise pollution
 arrow Raise taxes for mobilisation of internal resources
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan has suggested the city corporations to raise taxes for mobilisation of internal resources.
 arrow Angry people lay siege to Wasa station in Ctg: Six injured
Angered by persistent water crisis, people laid a siege to Wasa station in Chittagong and roughed up three Wasa men including an engineer yesterday.
 arrow JU students continue protest
General students of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday formed a human chain on the campus in protest against the attempt to kill JU correspondent of the Prothom Alo at Al Beruni Hall on Wednesday
 arrow 'Regular audits a must for financial discipline of govt'
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the imperative of regular audits for ensuring financial discipline of the government.
 arrow HC verdict against fatwa violation of constitution
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini yesterday said the High Court verdict against 'fatwa' is the violation of the constitution.
 arrow 7th anniversary programmes begin
A two-day programme began in Jessore yesterday to observe the 7th anniversary of Udichi tragedy, ten cultural activists were killed and over 100 people injured in a bomb blast at the 12th NationalConference
 arrow 14-party grand rally in Barisal today
Preparation for the 14-party grand rally in Barisal in support of the combine's 23-point demand, including reforms in the caretaker government and election commission, is complete.
 arrow PM addresses Dinajpur meet tomorrow
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will address a public meeting at Baramath Gora Shaheed ground in Dinajpur tomorrow.
 arrow Non-govt teachers reiterate demand for salary hike
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE) yesterday urged the government to immediately meet their eight-point demand including 10 percent salary increase.
 arrow Spring tree fair begins in city
Environment and Forests Minister Tariqul Islam yesterday urged all concerned, including the private nursery owners, to spearhead the current countrywide tree plantation programme a grand success for further
 arrow One arrestee confesses involvement
Suman, arrested in connection with college student Utpal killing, confessed his involvement in the occurrence that took place at the United Nations Park in the port city on Saturday evening.
 arrow CPB founding anniversary today
The Communist Party of Bangladesh will observe its 58th founding anniversary today. CPB will hold discussion as part of its countrywide programme at its central office at Purana Paltan on the occasion.
 arrow SSKOP Mar 8 programme postponed
Leaders of Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) in a joint statement yesterday announced the postponement of its March 8 programme as the government has announced 40 percent Dearness Allowance
 arrow Punishment to JMB godfathers demanded
Gano Mukti O Jatiya Sampad Rakkha Sammilito Andolon yesterday demanded arrest of and exemplary punishment to the 'godfathers' of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
 arrow 1207 more held
Police arrested 1,207 people on various charges from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday.
 arrow Sonali Bank donation for cancer hospital
The state-owned Sonali Bank yesterday donated Tk 20 lakh to the Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital Fund as part of its responsibility towards society, says a press release.
 arrow IUBAT convocation March 9
International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) will hold its second convocation on Mar 9 at 11:00am at China-Bangladesh Friendship Convention Centre in the city, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Workshop on Business Communication begins Mar 10
A daylong workshop on Written Business Communication organised by Bdjobs.com Ltd, country's leading job site, begins in the city on March 10 , says a press release.
Nationalarrow 12,000 handlooms closed as yarn prices double
At least 12000 handloom units have been closed in five southwestern districts since January due to price hike of yarn, throwing about 50,000 weavers out of employment.
 arrow Shutting doors to their rights
They want education but are denied the right to it.
 arrow Making the best use of waste
Garbage is no more treated as waste in Kishoreganj town. Sanzida Khanom has set up a compost plant where organic fertiliser is being produced from garbage collected from houses and hotels.
 arrow Bringing tea garden children into light of education
Children of tea garden labourers are now getting free primary education, thanks to the initiative by a local NGO--Socio Economic Welfare Activities (SEWA).
 arrow PCJSS council ends with a vow to realise indigenous rights
The eighth triennial council of Parbattya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) ended here Saturday night with a resolve to intensify agitation to realise its 35-point demand.
 arrow Best primary school teacher in Chandpur
South Eacholy Government Primary School headmaster Beauty Roy Chowdhury has been adjudged the best primary school teacher in the district in 2006.
 arrow 4 of a family die in Kishoreganj
Four members of a family died and another one was hospitalised in a critical condition following use of spurious medicine at North Korerpar village of Bouloi union in Sadar upazila at night on March 4.
 arrow Road barricade for fuel, urea
Hundred of farmers mostly women set up barricade on Dinajpur-Rangpur highway at Champatali village in Chirirbandar upazila demanding diesel, power and fertiliser yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Bangladesh 2015: Crossing miles...
Bangladesh has lived in the shadow of poor imageries since its emergence as an independent country in 1971.
 arrow Sri Lankan scene: Cautious optimism
There has been a discernible change for the better in the South Asian embattled nation of Sri Lanka.
 arrow NOTICE
The Daily Star invites its readers to send in pieces for publication in the upcoming March 26 special supplement.
Culturearrow Brimming with colours and lines
The art exhibition that was recently held at Saju's Art Gallery was to mark International Women's Day by the Society for Promotion of Bangladesh Art (SPBA) and Banglalink.
 arrow Showcasing films for children
In the presence of hundreds of enthusiastic children from Shishu Academy and Khelaghar, the 'Children's Film Showcase' of the 3rd International Film Festival, Bangladesh began on March 4 at the Shishu
 arrow Today's attractions
Venue: Central Public Library
Movie:Days of Santiago (Peru)
Time: 5:00 pm
Synopsis: 23-year old Santiago Roman returns to Lima after years of fighting terrorist

 arrow Udichi stages Chilekothar Shepai
Cultural organisation Udichi held the 25th staging of Chilekothar Shepai yesterday at Neelima Ibrahim Auditorium, Mahila Samiti Theatre, says a press release.
 arrow Swiss art in Dhaka
A selection of arts and crafts from Switzerland is on display at the Goethe-Institute, Dhaka. The exhibition that opened recently will continue till March 13.
 arrow Gibson to speak ancient tongue at Oscars
Mel Gibson will give audiences a preview of the ancient language spoken in his upcoming movie, Apocalypto.
Internationalarrow 'Arbitrary' detention swells Iraqi abuse
Tens of thousands of people have been held "arbitrarily" in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003, creating a situation that is ripe for abuse, Amnesty International said today.
 arrow US, UK may quit Iraq in 2007
Media reports that America and Britain plan to pull all their troops out of Iraq by the spring of 2007 are "completely false," the US military in Iraq said yesterday, reiterating there is no timetable
 arrow West can still reach Iran deal
French President Jacques Chirac said yesterday the West would still reach out to Iran for a deal on its disputed nuclear file, in the first address to the Saudi consultative council by a foreign leader.
 arrow Lanka talks at risk after fresh killing
Scandinavian truce monitors yesterday warned that Sri Lanka's peace process was in danger following the killing of two Tamil Tiger rebels in the first clash since ceasefire talks in Switzerland.
 arrow Bush wraps up South Asia trip with nuclear deal, terror assurances
US President George W. Bush wrapped up his maiden South Asian visit Saturday clutching a landmark nuclear deal with India and assurances from Pakistan that it will not waver in the "war on terror".
 arrow Hamas ready to 'mend'
The radical group Hamas admitted it would have to "change its manners" now that it was the elected representative of the Palestinian people and said it viewed its landmark visit to Russia wrapping upyesterday
 arrow Zawahiri urges Hamas to keep fighting Israel
al-Qaeda deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged the radical Islamist movement Hamas to fight on and not to accept agreements between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.
 arrow Thaksin rivals vow not to end protest until his resignation
Opponents of Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra vowed yesterday not to end their protests until he resigns, as police warned of possible violence at demonstrations expected to draw tens of thousands
 arrow Gandhi memorial 'purified' after dog visit
Hindu priests, who take care of the Gandhi memorial, have conducted a purification ceremony at the shrine so as to cleanse it after it was scoured by Bush's sniffer-dogs.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bush's South Asia trip
Consistent with the US establishment's thinking that India is an emerging global power, the Bush administration has viewed its relationship with India through a strategic prism.
 arrow Editorial: Arms haul again
A joint team of Army and BDR seized a huge cache of, mostly sophisticated, fire arms at the hilly Naikkhongchhari upazila near the Myanmar border.
 arrow The myth of unnayan
Perhaps no one believes what the government leaders and their functionaries say in this country.
 arrow The terror supremo's meekly surrender and thereafter
To the relief of anguished Bangladeshis, the alleged terror mastermind Shaikh Abdur Rahman has at last surrendered to the law-enforcing agencies in an unexpectedly submissive manner.
 arrow A global bully as a friend?
President George W. Bush's India visit is a good occasion to survey our elite's changing but confused attitudes towards the United States.
Letters to Editorarrow Capture of JMB supremo
The capture of Shaikh Abdur Rahman, the supreme leader of JMB, the banned militant group, have made us elated--very good news indeed. We congratulate Rab, police and BDR who took part in the operation.
 arrow How many more lives?
We have seen over the years catastrophe after catastrophe inflicting heavy losses on human lives either due to faulty construction or non-compliance with required building codes.
 arrow Iraq's unity
Three years, two thousand US and countless (because America don't count them) Iraqi lives, and a change in reason from WMD to founding democracy later, the prospect Iraqis get is that of a civil war.
 arrow Muslims Vs Muslims
The article by Shamsher Chowdhury has correctly pointed out what I have long believed strongly. Its really time we looked at ourselves instead of this tendency to blame the west for all our problems.
 arrow Help autistic children living outside Dhaka
It is a newly recognised truth that the parents of autistic children are facing the toughest challenges, yet there is no headway and the parents are continually frustrated with their children.
 arrow Asian Highway: no bliss
The government of Bangladesh must be congratulated for refusing to buckle under the pressure to comply with the interested groups and countries to accept the Asian Highway to enter and exit from India.
Star Cityarrow Slow progress in earthquake management plan
The government has not yet worked out any preparatory plan for rescue and risk reduction of building collapse in massive scale in the event of an earthquake, though Dhaka is extremely vulnerable to such
 arrow Traffic jam remains a perennial crisis
The city's traffic system almost collapsed due to the closure of only one road for rescue operation of a collapsed building in Tegaon last week.
 arrow City defaced by graffiti
Even though specific laws against graffiti exist, the practice is still a commonplace scenario in the city.
 arrow Publishers worried as paper price increases
A sudden increase in the price of paper has resulted in the price hike of books and other paper-made products causing sufferings to students, teachers and publishers.
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