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Front Pagearrow Tyrant Bangla Bhai finally captured
Bangla Bhai, the tyrant who once spread Islamic militancy with the administration's protection, was captured wounded yesterday from a remote Mymensingh hideout after skirmishes with the Rapid Action Battalion
 arrow His condition stable
The home ministry yesterday said Bangla Bhai is out of danger despite having injuries throughout his body.
 arrow Bangla Bhai not creation of media
Contradicting its earlier claims, the government has finally admitted that Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai is not a creation of the media.
 arrow 'Fictitious character' becomes real
The capture of Bangla Bhai at last proved the media were right about the militant's reign of terror despite the government denials about his existence.
 arrow Rise and fall of a dreaded militant leader
Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai came to the spotlight only after his men started vigilante operations in Rajshahi-Naogaon region openly in April 2004, though he was running secret militant activities
 arrow Villagers clueless
The villagers of Rampur, some 150 kilometres from the capital, remained clueless about Bangla Bhai's presence among them although he had been visiting the local Imam for more than a year.
 arrow Pray for me
Starting interrogation of Bangla Bhai now depends on his health condition.
 arrow PM optimistic about uprooting terror networks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has expressed her strong optimism about dismantling all terror networks shortly, as most wanted militant Bangla Bhai was arrested yesterday.
 arrow Victims find some solace, at last
Families of those slain or tortured by Bangla Bhai and his men at Atrai, Raninagar in Naogaon, Bagmara in Rajshahi and Naldanga in Natore yesterday expressed satisfaction over his arrest and demandedcapital
 arrow A great relief for Fazlur
With a crutch in hand and a smile animating his face, Fazlur Rahman expressed gratitude to Allah and said he would distribute sweetmeats as he heard Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) second-in-command
 arrow Killing of Dulu's nephew saw his arrival
It was 2003. And it was outlaws who literally ruled the Rajshahi, Naogaon and Natore regions, killing people one after another in the name of class enemy cleansing.
 arrow Historic March 7 today
Today is the historic March 7, the day when Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman called on the Bangalees to prepare for a decisive struggle to force the Pakistan junta into conceding independence to ournation.
 arrow Arrest 'dramas' to divert attention
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat coalition government, who staged dramas of militant kingpins' arrests on the days of opposition's grand rallies in Chittagong and Barisal,
 arrow PM claims success in ending terrorism
Claiming her government's success in eliminating terrorism, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has said there is no room for terrorists in the country.
 arrow Jamaat bemoans media coverage on militancy
Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami and Minister for Social Welfare Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid yesterday said the media did not correctly present their earlier statement about the creation of BanglaBhai.
 arrow 5 conditions for WB's DSC tranche
The government may have to fulfil five conditions to get the fourth tranche of the World Bank's (WB) Development Support Credit (DSC).
 arrow Govt has to be tried for denial of Bangla Bhai's existence: AL
Awami League (AL) leader Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday said the government 'has to be put in the dock' for its past denial of Bangla Bhai's existence and its threat to bring sedition charges against
 arrow First hearing of sedition charge against JMB men Mar 19
The hearing of the first sedition case against eight Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders and members of Dhamrai area will be held on March 19.
 arrow US for full probe into Aug 17 blasts
The United States termed the arrest of JMJB chief Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai a positive development and called for full investigation into the August 17 blasts and other unsolved crimes committed
 arrow IAEA chief eyes deal to allow fresh Iran talks
UN nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei said yesterday he hoped an agreement resolving the question of Iran's small-scale enrichment work could be reached in about a week, clearing the way for new
Businessarrow Cellphone connection sales drop 30pc
The country's booming mobile phone industry may see four million less customers at the end of 2006 than the projected figure of 10 million as the new subscription regulation casts a shadow on the growth.
 arrow Khaleda calls for shunning hartal to woo investment
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called for maintaining congenial atmosphere at any cost to ensure industrial production by shunning frequent hartal and work stoppage.
 arrow Bangladesh struggling to build responsible market economy
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said Bangladesh is struggling to consolidate a democratic polity and build a competitive and responsible market economy alongside its fight against
 arrow Britons unaware of hidden Asian poverty
Despite the fact that two out of three of the world's poorest people live in Asia, only one in five of the UK population thinks Asia has the most people living in poverty, said a survey.
 arrow Dollar hits Tk 72.25
Dollar prices reached highest Tk 72.25 yesterday in case of opening Letter of Credit (LC) for import, up by Tk 0.35 from the previous day. The dollar price on Sunday was highest Tk 71.
 arrow Banglalink introduces 'give and receive' offer
Mobile phone operator Banglalink yesterday launched a new promotional offer for its existing customers giving them as high as Tk 500 free talk time when they recommend new clients to the company.
 arrow Dhaka Bank to offer banking service thru' GP SMS
Subscribers of mobile phone operator GrameenPhone Ltd having account with Dhaka Bank Ltd will soon be able to pay any bill, for which the bank is authorised for collection, through SMS (short messageservice).
 arrow GM to sell almost entire stake in Suzuki
Suzuki Motor said Monday that ailing US auto giant General Motors had decided to slash its stake in the Japanese affiliate from 20 percent to three percent but continue with a strategic alliance.
 arrow Asian tea confederation on the anvil
In a bid to cater to the common interests of three major tea growing Asian countries -- India, China and Sri Lanka -- the proposal for formation of a joint tea confederation is gaining momentum.
 arrow China projects 8pc growth
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao promised a modest economic growth rate of eight percent for 2006, and a massive US$420 billion budget spending to improve the relatively weak rural sector and create another
 arrow Thailand cuts 2006 growth forecast
Thailand on Monday cut its economic growth forecast in 2006 due to the political turmoil over the leadership of embattled Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The economy will grow by 4.5-5.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Hosts weighing options
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were back to business when both sides had full-fledged training sessions here at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium yesterday in their build-up to the second and final Test starting tomorrow.
 arrow Time to make friends again
A record 4,500 athletes from 71 nations will compete in 16 sports in the biggest Co-mmonwealth Games yet staged, getting underway here next week.
 arrow Cricket: 'We left attack too late'
India captain Rahul Dravid said his team only decided to try for victory in the first Test at tea on the final day.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie stay alive
Ricky Ponting made a triumphant return from injury when he captained Australia to a 24-run win over South Africa in the third one-day international at St George's Park Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Happy Eng move to Mohali
England arrived in Chandigarh on Monday morning with a buzz around the side ahead of the second Test against India.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka remain second
Defending champions Dhaka trailed joint-leaders Rajshahi and Chittagong by two points at the end of the seventh round of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League first-class competition yesterdaywhen
 arrow Football: Jubok Phone to give BFF Tk 50 lakh
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday signed an agreement with Telebarta Ltd as sponsors of the National Football Championship, which was last held in 2003.
 arrow Football: Brothers take on Muharraq today
Premier League and Federation Cup champions Brothers Union will begin their AFC Cup campaign today when they take on Muharraq of Bahrain in Manama. The match will kick off at Bangladesh time 8.
 arrow Football: Roma juggernaut halts
AS Roma's record-breaking run in Serie A was ended when a late goal by Marco Materazzi gave Inter Milan a 1-1 draw on Sunday. The result interrupted Roma's sequence of 11 consecutive league wins.
 arrow Football: Chelsea in hostile land
Barcelona know they will be made to work by an attack-minded Chelsea when the English champions visit the Nou Camp on Tuesday hoping to lay siege and overturn a damaging 2-1 first leg deficit.
 arrow Football: It's make or break time
Barcelona are out to complete a revenge victory over Chelsea, holders Liverpool face elimination by Benfica and AC Milan tangle with Bayern Munich when Champions League action returns this week.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo back for the big game
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo has been recalled for Wednesday's Champions League match against Arsenal after being dropped against Atletico Madrid at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Klinsmann gets the Kaiser flak
Franz Beckenbauer, head of the 2006 World Cup Organising Committee, offered some stinging criticism to Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann after he failed to attend the World Cup coaches workshop here on
 arrow Football: 'I'm still No. 1'
Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, fighting with Jens Lehmann for the number one spot in the Germany team for the World Cup, believes he still has the edge over his rival.
 arrow Bollywood stars to rock C'Wealth Games finale
India's top film stars will join sports legends to showcase the country's culture at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, a top official said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Valencia slip up
Valencia missed the chance to reclaim second spot in the Primera Liga when they were surprisingly held 0-0 by basement side Malaga on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag slips down in Test rankings
Virender Sehwag just about managed to be among the top 10 in the latest ICC Test rankings after his twin failures in India's first cricket Test against England.
 arrow Cricket: Jones out of India series
England paceman Simon Jones has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series with India.
 arrow Football: Bangladesh eves play Kyrgyzstan today
Bangladesh under-19 women's team will take on Kyrgyzstan today in their inaugural Group 3 qualifying match of the AFC Youth (U-19) Football Championship in New Delhi.
Metropolitanarrow Cultivation of dry season rice gets less economic
Cultivation of dry season rice is getting less economic for farmers in the country given the reality of fast rising cost of irrigation and fertiliser.
 arrow 'Forge solidarity among women across world for empowerment'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called for building solidarity among women across the world to ensure their rights, empowerment and gender equality.
 arrow Govt blamed for not taking action against offenders
Accidents at the garment factories are taking place frequently mainly due to faulty construction of the buildings, leaders of Make Trade Fair (MTF), an alliance of international and national NGOs, said
 arrow Arrest of Bangla Bhai second act of drama
Leaders of Awami League (AL) and the 14-party alliances yesterday termed the arrest of Bangla Bhai "the second act of a drama staged by the government".
 arrow 14-party submits memo to Desa officials
The 14-party opposition alliance led by Awami League (AL) submitted a memorandum to Desa officials in the city yesterday demanding uninterrupted power supply during peak boro season and during SSC examinations.
 arrow Villagers throng Bangla Bhai's in-law's house
Hundreds of people thronged the house of Bangla Bhai's in-laws at Akanderpara in Shaghata upazila yesterday after the news of the militant kingpin's arrest broke.
 arrow Justice Sultanís appointment as ACC chairman valid
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared valid the appointment of Justice Sultan Hossain Khan as chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).
 arrow Diabetes need not hamper normal life
In a message of encouragement to diabetes patients, former captain of Pakistan cricket team Wasim Akram asserted that the ailment could be kept in check and need not come in the way of leading a normal
 arrow Probe body finds structural flaws
The Phoenix building, which collapsed on February 25 killing 21 and injuring over 50 people, had serious structural flaws, said an inquiry report compiled by the joint inquiry team comprising officials
 arrow Condition of Mir Nasir improves, daughter still in critical state
Condition of the injured ex-state minister, Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, slightly improved yesterday but his daughter Nusrat Nazneen is still in critical state a day after the fatal accident in Saudi Arabia.
 arrow 50kg bags do not contain exact amount of fertiliser
Fertiliser dealers yesterday alleged that they are not getting the exact amount of fertiliser in 50kg bags and most of the fertiliser is not of good quality.
 arrow JMB ehsar Sagor confesses involvement
Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) ehsar Shabbir Hossain alias Sagor on Sunday gave confessional statement to a first class magistrate in Bagerhat in the August 17 serial bomb blasts.
 arrow Another RMG worker dies
One more worker of KTS Textile and Garments Factory, who sustained severe burns, died yesterday morning raising the death toll in the worst-ever factory fire in the country to 59.
 arrow Top JMB man jailed for life
A court here yesterday awarded life imprisonment to a top JMB leader for his involvement in August 17 serial bombings across the country.
 arrow BDR-BSF confce begins in Khulna
A three-day border conference between the BDR and the Indian BSF began at the conference room of Hotel Royal International in Khulna city yesterday morning.
 arrow Diplomats to be briefed today
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan today will brief the foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka about the arrest of two most wanted militant leaders.
 arrow Fault in Desa transmission line causes loadshedding
An underground 132 kv transmission line between Ulon and Dhanmondi substations of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) tripped yesterday, leading to a severe load shedding in the capital.
 arrow Phoenix Centre MD seeks bail without Vokalatnama
Managing Director (MD) of the Phoenix Medical Centre, an accused in connection with its recent tragedy, did not surrender to the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka yesterday even though he submitted
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 5 lakh looted at Keraniganj
A gang of robbers early yesterday looted valuables worth Tk five lakh from a house at Shuvadda Purbapara under Keraniganj upazila in Dhaka.
 arrow Torture of Madhu's canteen boys alleged
Canteen boys of Madhu's canteen at Dhaka University (DU) yesterday left their job in protest against the owner's "inhuman torture" on them, causing inconvenience to customers.
 arrow Australian minister due today
Australian Federal Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, arrives in Dhaka today on a two-day visit.
Nationalarrow 100 'risky' buildings still being used in Nilphamari
More than 100 private and public buildings in the district declared 'risky' by Public Works Department (PWD) years ago are still in use.
 arrow Bangla Bhai aide held in Sylhet
Rab men yesterday arrested a JMB cadre, believed to be an aide to Bangla Bhai and an Ehsar member of outlawed Jamaatul Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB), led by militant kingpin Sheakh Abdur Rahman.
 arrow Road barricade begins in Khagrachhari
Nagorik Committee, an organisation of indigenous people, began an indefinite road barricade in Khagrachhari yesterday demanding withdrawal of Bangalee settlers from Gamaridala and Kamalchhari areas.
 arrow 150 hurt as BNP rivals clash in Magura
Over 150 people including five policemen were injured, 23 of them by bullet, in a clash between two rival factions of BNP at Sreepur upazila headquarters Sunday afternoon.
 arrow Eight Mongla port officials suspended
Eight officials working with Mongla Dock workers' Management Board (MDWMB) have been suspended on charge of misappropriating Tk one crore 10 lakh from funds for golden handshake of workers.
 arrow Pm's rally in Dinajpur today
Prime Minister and BNP chief Khaleda Zia will address a public meeting at Gora-e-Shaheed Maidan in Dinajpur town today.
 arrow Patient kidnapped in Khulna rescued
A patient was kidnapped by some miscreants Saturday night from surgery ward at Khulna Medical College Hospital.
Point-Counterpointarrow The call for freedom
Milestones in history are sometimes created without design; they are hardly the product of any deliberate engineering.
 arrow Road to 2015: MDG prospects
Bangladesh is the only country in South Asia other than Sri Lanka to have already achieved gender parity in education not only at the primary level but also at the secondary level.
 arrow Bush in South Asia
Although the visit of President George W. Bush was designed to cover an important part of South Asia, the thrust has undoubtedly been India.
 arrow NOTICE
The Daily Star invites its readers to send in pieces for publication in the upcoming March 26 special supplement.
Culturearrow A tribute to the maestro
"SOMETHING of an acquired taste, then an addiction..." That's how I remember a friend describe Sachin Dev Burman.
 arrow What migrant faces say
Syeda Farhana, who had her exhibition of photographs Migrant Faces at the Goethe Institut recently, says, "I did a course on the camera at Patshala and in 2000 worked in Kern TV in Hamburg on KishaniShobha',
 arrow Shilu Abed award'06 distributed
To highlight and showcase the rich traditional crafts of Bangladesh, the National Crafts Council of Bangladesh (NCCB) awarded five craftspersons the Shilu Abed Craft Award 2006 at the BRAC Inn in Dhaka
 arrow Lifetime Achievement Award for film personalities
Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS) honoured three cultural personalities with Lifetime Achievement Awards as part of the 3rd International Film Festival, Bangladesh.
Internationalarrow Nepali Maoists raid jail, free prisoners
Hundreds of Maoist rebels raided a town in eastern Nepal, bombing government buildings and freeing dozens of prisoners from a local jail, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 120 militants killed in 3-day Pak battle
Pakistani forces using helicopter gunships yesterday tackled sporadic resistance by militants after three days of clashes in a remote tribal town left nearly 120 rebels dead, the military said.
 arrow Iraqi parliament finally to meet on Mar 12
President Jalal Talabani yesterday announced Iraq's first permanent post-Saddam Hussein parliament would convene on March 12, ending three months of waiting after general elections.
 arrow India seeks uranium from Australia
Hot on the heels of signing a landmark civilian nuclear deal with the United States, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday sought uranium from Australia ahead of talks with the visiting Aussie
 arrow US-India nuke deal may hurt N Korea talks
A US deal offering India help with its civilian nuclear programme could further stymie arms talks with North Korea and push China to step up its own atomic dealmaking in the region, experts say.
 arrow Marxists call for taking tougher line on Tigers
A key ally of Sri Lanka's government urged it yesterday to take a tougher stance against Tamil rebels and to beef up training for the country's security forces to deter the Tigers from going back to war.
 arrow 'Dharma Army' keeps up vigil against Thai PM
Monks of the "Dharma Army" chanted prayers on Monday to greet what leaders of a campaign against Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra say is the start of round-the-clock protests to force him to quit.
 arrow Ex-Croatian Serb leader commits suicide in UN custody
Convicted war criminal Milan Babic has committed a suicide in a cell of the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague, where he was serving a 13-year sentence, the court's office in Zagreb said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Bangla Bhai captured
The capture of JMB operations commander Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai, coming as it did hard on the heels of the capture of JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman, is an unqualified triumph for the law enforcement
 arrow Editorial: Asghar's demand for trial
Air Marshal (retired) M Asghar Khan, a veteran Pakistani politician, has said that the Pakistan government should try the perpetrators of the genocide in Bangladesh in 1971.
 arrow Civil war in Iraq
CIVIL war started in Iraq on February 22. Those of us who study the Middle East situation and Iraq in particular predicted it long ago. It was bound to happen. Saddam kept it under control.
 arrow The land of man-made disasters
The two tragic accidents that occurred within a short span of three days, and the resultant death of at least 75 workers, have once again sent a clear and loud message to the world that Bangladesh isnot
Letters to Editorarrow Biman
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is not just a burden, it is also a humiliation, inconvenience, misery and stigma for Bangladeshi people.
 arrow Skyline of Dhaka city
The skyline of Dhaka city is fast changing due to the booming construction business.
 arrow Cartoon controversy
Freedom of expression doesn't allow idiotic exposure of mind. Wrong perception of freedom of expression leads to misguided thoughts.
 arrow Unbridled corruption
Corruption is leading Bangladesh to ultimate destruction. Corruption is the main barrier to development of the country.
 arrow Solving problems with India
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that India would do nothing to hurt the interests of Bangladesh. If he really means it then he should support solution of all outstanding problems with Bangladesh.
 arrow Microcredit
Bangladesh is the birthplace of microcredit but if we want full utilisation of microcredit we need greater participation of the lower and mid-level people of our country in the process.
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