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Front Pagearrow Patrons left out in militancy probe
It now entirely rests with the government core command whether to take or not any steps to bring the patrons of Islamist militants to book, according to the law enforcers investigating into the militancy
 arrow Policy being framed to protect farmland
Amidst an alarming depletion of cropland in the country, the government is now considering policy recommendations for regulating the use of rice land for non-farming purposes, official sources said.
 arrow Findings of police probe contradict kingpin's claim
Findings so far of the police investigation into the murder of Prof Muhammad Yunus of Rajshahi University (RU) contradict the detained militant ideologue Shaekh Abdur Rahman's claiming responsibilityfor
 arrow Sons blame MP in public for Jamal murder
Sons of murdered business tycoon Jamal Uddin Ahmed Chowdury implicated in public a BNP lawmaker and his brother as the masterminds of their father's abduction and murder during his first Janaza yesterday
 arrow Charges in two cases to be filed in a week
Charge sheets in two cases filed in Sylhet against the chief of outlawed JMB, Shaekh Abdur Rahman, and his associates will be submitted in a week, said Superintendent of Police (SP) of Sylhet Ansaruddin
 arrow Racketeers sell fuel to foreign ships at Ctg
Several foreign ships calling at Chittagong Port illegally collect fuel (bunkers) from vendors instead of the government nominated oil companies, depriving the country of huge foreign currencies, sources
 arrow Bangla Bhai to become fit for quizzing soon
Interrogators may start quizzing Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai within a day or two when the dreaded militant leader is discharged from the hospital.
 arrow Draft coal policy violates constitution, anti-people
Economists and energy experts at a dialogue yesterday said the draft coal policy violates the constitution as it seeks to award the coalfields to foreign investors on a royalty basis.
 arrow KTS burn victims worry about future
The fire has extinguished at the KTS Garment Factory in Chittagong for quite some time now, but many injured garment workers are still groaning with pain at different medical hospitals and clinics.
 arrow Wife of slain Zia curses Bangla Bhai, blames law enforcers
"There was no rule of law in the country then. Otherwise, my husband would not have been killed by Bangla Bhai's men in the presence of police," Farsia Bakul, wife of slain Ziaul Haque Zia, lamented.
 arrow 2 students 'tortured' by Rab in Khulna for 'keeping arms'
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) allegedly tortured an SSC candidate, a Dakhil candidate and an HSC candidate at the Rab headquarters in Khalishpur under the city on Wednesday night for 'keeping and smuggling
 arrow PM to stay at hotel suite that housed Bush
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia during her three-day visit to India from March 20 will be staying at the same suite of Delhi's Maurya Sheraton Hotel where US President George W Bush had stayed during his trip
 arrow Jubo League calls for 8-hr hartal on Monday
Awami Jubo League, youth front of the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday called a countrywide hartal from 6:00am to 2:00pm on Monday protesting the killing of its Dhaka district unit leader Masudur
 arrow Gangster killed in shootout with cops at Kafrul
An accused in Mirpur Commerce College student Momen murder case was killed during a "shootout" between police and his accomplices in the city's Damalcourt area under Kafrul Police Station early yesterday.
 arrow Housewife raped in Rajshahi
Three criminals led allegedly by a BNP leader gang-raped a housewife at Rajpara in the city.
 arrow Sri Lanka poised for series sweep
Bangladesh were on the brink of another series whitewash against Sri Lanka after yet another second-innings collapse on the third day of the second and final Test at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Hasina likely to meet foreign diplomats Tuesday
Opposition leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina is expected to invite the heads of foreign missions in Dhaka to a dinner on March 14 to exchange views on the country's latest political
 arrow Show cause on 32 enumerators in Barisal
The district election office of Barisal has issued show cause notice on 32 registrars employed in the registration of voters.
 arrow A threat to the farmland...

 arrow 14-party to lay siege to EC tomorrow
Fourteen-party opposition alliance will lay siege to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat in the city tomorrow demanding immediate resignation of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two other "politically"
 arrow 2 extortionists held in city
Police arrested two extortionists near the Jatiya Press Club in the city yesterday.
 arrow Bomb attack in Khulna hurts 2
Two people were seriously injured in a bomb attack in front of Shohag Paribahan office at Daulatpur in the city last night. The injured are Delwar Hossain, 32, and Belal, 29.
 arrow US, Europe want UNSC to give Iran 2-week deadline
The United States and Europe want the UN Security Council to give Iran a two-week deadline to halt suspect nuclear work, according to a draft text for Council action obtained by the wire service yesterday.
 arrow WHO to create anti-bird flu taskforce
The World Health Organisation said yesterday that it will create a new taskforce to help tackle outbreaks of bird flu and contain a potential influenza pandemic among humans.
 arrow Iraq hangs 13 insurgents
The Iraqi Cabinet announced Thursday that it hanged 13 insurgents, the first executions of militants since the ouster of Saddam while suicide bombing killed 11 Iraqis in Fallujah yesterday.
 arrow Pak mine blast kills 28
A vehicle carrying a wedding party hit a landmine in Pakistan's restive southwestern province of Baluchistan yesterday, killing 28 people, mostly women and children, officials said.
 arrow US to hand over Abu Ghraib prison to Iraq
The US military said Thursday it would begin moving thousands of prisoners out of Abu Ghraib prison to a new lockup near Baghdad's airport within three months and hand the notorious facility over to Iraqi
Businessarrow New audit cell detects 20 tax-dodging cases
The newly introduced central audit cell of National Board of Revenue (NBR) has started working on 20 suspected tax-dodging cases.
 arrow GSM Asia Pacific confce in Dhaka from Mar 22
Bangladesh is going to host an international telecoms convention -- GSM Asia Pacific conference -- for the first time.
 arrow Visitors throng 'F1 Auto Fair'
Several hundred people, mostly young, thronged into an automobile fair in Dhaka yesterday as some of the world's most popular car brands were put on display at the daylong event.
 arrow Barriers to Bangla-Pak trade identified
Lack of direct shipping service, congestion at Bangladesh ports and slackness in payment of L/Cs by Bangladeshi banks on their maturity are among the major blockades in growth of bilateral trade of Pakistan
 arrow Business linkage fair for women entrepreneurs begins in Dhaka
In a bid to link the women entrepreneurs with the wholesalers and retailers, Citibank, NA and Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women jointly organised a two-day fair yesterday for women entrepreneurs
 arrow Three-day Thai expo in Ctg from Monday
A three-day exposition titled 'Thailand Exhibition 2006' will begin in the port city from March 13.
 arrow Pakistan to attract $3b FDI this fiscal
Minister for Privatisation and Investment Dr Hafeez A Shaikh said Thursday that Pakistan will attract a foreign investment of $3 billion during this fiscal year.
 arrow India can grow at 10pc with reforms: ADB
India's economy could achieve growth of 10 percent if the government keeps up reforms and improves the nation's rickety infrastructure, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Friday.
 arrow Bill Gates the richest man for 12th year
Bill Gates retained his title as the world's richest person for the 12th straight year, Forbes Magazine's annual list of the world's wealthiest showed Thursday.
 arrow India, Chile ink preferential trade deal
India and Chile have signed a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) to boost bilateral trade and investment that are expected to consolidate India's economic ties with South America.
 arrow India, Pakistan to discuss gas price with Iran
India and Pakistan will discuss the price of gas they plan to import from Iran through a proposed pipeline when the three nations meet to discuss the seven-billion-dollar project next week.
 arrow World largest tourism fair begins in Berlin
More than 11,000 exhibitors from 183 countries and regions arrived in the German capital on Wednesday to attend the world's largest tourism fair, which marks its 40th anniversary this year.
 arrow US, Malaysia to launch FTA talks
The United States and Malaysia have agreed to launch negotiations for a free trade deal to eliminate trade barriers between the two nations, US Trade Representative Rob Portman and his Malaysian counterpart
 arrow HSBC plans to expand in Pakistan
The HSBC, one of the world's largest banking and finance services organisations, is planning to expand its operations in Pakistan owing to the positive economic policies and reforms undertaken in thefinancial
 arrow Nepal lowers GDP forecast to 3.5pc
Dragged down by poor performance of agriculture sector along with the sluggish pace of non-agriculture sector, the Nepali government has scaled down the estimated GDP growth rate to 3.
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Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Shahadat's party spoiled
It could have been Shahadat Hossain's day after returning with his career best figure in Tests at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
Like the other days in this series, Bangladesh once again got off to a good start and Shahadat Hossain was at the centrestage taking both the Sri Lankan wickets in the morning.
 arrow Cricket: Tamim puts Ctg on top
Joint-leaders Chittagong staked their claim to regain the National Cricket League first-class title when they amassed 464 for nine on the first day of their four-day match against Dhaka at the Dhanmondi
 arrow Cricket: Sami dropped
Pakistan have dropped fast bowler Mohammad Sami from the 17-man one-day squad for their Sri Lanka tour starting next week, chief selector Wasim Bari said Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain keeps Kumble waiting
Ace Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble was left stranded on 498 wickets as the weather played spoilsport on the second day of the second Test against England here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali's trip to remember
Muttiah Muralidaran will definitely remember the two new grounds in Bangladesh as his favourite whenever he will think about his records.
 arrow Cricket: Bangladesh go full-strength against Kenya
The national selectors have decided to field a full-strength team against Kenya for this month's four-match home one-day series.
 arrow Football: Cruciani & co not going to BKSP
The national football team's final preparation for next month's AFC Challenge Cup at home will begin this afternoon at the Army Stadium after coach Diego Cruciani refusal to take the team to residential
 arrow Football: Roxy, Jilani leave for Japan today
Bangladeshi football coaches Syed Golam Jilani and Mahbub Hossain Roxy will leave Dhaka today for Japan to attend a seminar by the Japan Football Association (JFA).
 arrow Football: Boro shock red-hot Roma
Middlesbrough dashed Roma's 16-game unbeaten run on Thursday, an Aiyegbeni Yakubu penalty sealing the English Premiership side's 1-0 win in the UEFA Cup at a rain-soaked Riverside.
 arrow Football: Barcelona pitted against Benfica
Favourites Barcelona, having overcome one Portuguese obstacle in Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, meet another in the Champions League quarterfinals after being drawn to play Benfica.
 arrow Football: Europe outcasts seek domestic boost
Chelsea and Liverpool return to domestic action this weekend after their Champions League exits looking to restore some pride but they face tough matches against north London rivals bidding for Europe.
 arrow Football: Valencia eye Madrid success
Valencia will be looking to inflict further injury on a wounded Real Madrid when they host their Primera Liga rivals at the Mestalla on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Bowlers dictate terms
The outcome of the first Test between New Zealand and the West Indies hung on a knife edge at the close of the second day Friday, but an outright result seemed inevitable as wickets tumbled regularly.
 arrow Football: Win or bust for Milan
If AC Milan are to keep alive their faint hopes of preventing Juventus from running away with the Scudetto for a second straight season, they'll have to beat the Serie A leaders in Sunday's title showdown
 arrow Football: Beckham out of Valencia tussle
England skipper David Beckham revealed he had not been fully fit for the Arsenal Champions League encounter which saw Real Madrid crash out of Europe after suffering a right thigh strain in the warm up.
 arrow Football: Rooney signs record book deal
Manchester United's 20-year-old England striker Wayne Rooney has signed one of the biggest sports book deals in publishing history, agreeing to write five books over the next 12 years.
 arrow Cricket: ULAB clinch Fair Play Cup
University of Liberal Arts (ULAB) clinched the ULAB Fair Play Cup cricket tournament with an exciting five-run win over State University (SUB) in the final on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: SA 246/9
Boeta Dippenaar (101) scored his first century against Australia and Shaun Pollock hit a blistering unbeaten 53 off 45 balls as South Africa posted a challenging 246-9 in the fourth one-dayer at Kingsmead,
 arrow BSJA to observe Rumi's death anniversary
Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) will observe today the third death anniversary of Masud Ahmed Rumi, a freedom fighter and eminent sports journalist.
Metropolitanarrow Tender for privatisation postponed
Shipping Minister Lt. Col. (retd.) Akbar Hossain yesterday postponed the tender floated earlier with regard to the privatisation of the under-construction New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT).
 arrow 10 killed in road accidents
At least 10 people were killed and 21 injured in separate road accidents in Kushtia, Sirajganj, Chittagong, Jessore and Dinajpur yesterday.
 arrow 'Ensure safe workplace for garment workers'
A platform of 16 garment workers' associations yesterday observed a token hunger strike across the country protesting the death of around 400 garment workers since 1990.
 arrow Bhuiyan criticises AL for comment on militant arrest
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday criticised the Awami League for its failure to bring the bomb attackers to book during the tenure of previous AL government.
 arrow Assign Rab to help protect Sundarbans, tigers
Naturalists have called on the government to assign a special contingent of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to help conserve the mangrove forest and protect the endangered tigers in the Sundarbans.
 arrow 'Political commitment a must to conserve Sundarbans'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday stressed the need for strong political commitment, proper implementation of existing laws and sensitising local inhabitants to conserve the bio-diversity and beautyof
 arrow Admin asks indigenous people to shorten programme
Indigenous leaders yesterday said the local administrations have forced them to trim their spring celebration programmes in the northern districts.
 arrow Amendment to Compensation Act 1923 demanded
Sammilita Garment Sramik Federation yesterday demanded of the government to amend the Compensation Act 1923 by making it time-befitting.
 arrow 'Formulate haor policy to protect biodiversity'
Environmentalists yesterday called on the government to formulate a national policy on haor (huge water body) and cancel the system of leasing out haors in order to protect the environment and biodiversity.
 arrow South Assian economics students' meet begins
A two-day meeting of the economics students of South Asian (S A) countries began in the city yesterday. The slogan of the meeting is : Sharing ideas for better understanding of South Asian Development.
 arrow 'Halt Khulna' programme on Mar 13
Greater Khulna Development Action Committee (GKDAC) will observe half an hour 'Khulna Achal Programme' (halt Khulna programme) from 11:00am on March 13 demanding deep sea port at Akram Point, gas supply
 arrow 6 children get 'Best painter' awards
Six children received 'Best painter' awards at an award giving ceremony of a drawing competition at the Children's Art Gallery at Bhuiyapara in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Properties worth over Tk 7 lakh gutted in Ctg
Properties worth over Tk 7 lakh were damaged when fire broke out at a sawmill and an auto-rickshaw garage at Rahattar Pool area under Panchlaish Police Station in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Principal Kashem's death anniversary today
The 15th death anniversary of Principal Abul Kashem, the architect of historic language movement, will be observed today. Different organisations have taken various programmes to mark the day.
 arrow Mason electrocuted
A mason was electrocuted at a village in Patiya, Chittagong, yesterday.
 arrow Masud Ahmed Rumi
The third death anniversary of noted sports journalist and freedom fighter Masud Ahmed Rumi will be observed today.
Nationalarrow Punish militant kingpins, their godfathers
Families of JMB bomb victims in Netrakona have demanded capital punishment to militant kingpins Abdur Rahman and Siddikur Rahman alias Bangla Bhai.
 arrow Power, water crises in Satkhira
Over one lakh people in Satkhira municipality are facing an acute crisis of safe drinking water due to drastic fall in supply, mainly for load shedding.
 arrow Irri-Boro faces setback in northern districts
IRRI-Boro crops in eight northern districts in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur including Nilphamari are facing a setback because of a drought like situation for lack of rain last five months.
 arrow Border guards broker peace
Border guards of Bangladesh and India at a flag meeting yesterday peacefully resolved a dispute over ownership of 10 acres of land in Kushtia border.
 arrow Sec 144 at Harinakundu
The administration clamped Section 144 at Harinakundu in Jhenidah as Awami League (AL) and BNP call rallies at the same venue at the same time yesterday.
 arrow Rajpunnah begins in Khagrachhari
Rajpunnah, the biggest traditional festival of indigenous Mong people in Khagrachhari, began here yesterday.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Mizan Chowdhury held
Qulkhwani of veteran politician and former prime minister Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury was held at this ancestral home at Puran Bazar in the town yesteday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Fair elections are not enough
Imagine for a moment that the 4-party ruling coalition has accepted the major reform proposals put forward by the opposition 14-party alliance.
 arrow Bird flu -- basic facts
All health information to keep you up to date
AFTER India (Maharastra) a mild strain of bird flu was detected in North West Frontier Province of Pakistan.

 arrow Is Myanmar the next Iran?
The United States and its European allies worry that if they simply accept a nuclear Iran, other states will be encouraged to pursue nuclear ambitions of their own. But that ship may already have sailed.
Culturearrow Sedaghat Jabbari Kalkhoran and the "Holy Names"
Iranian artist Sedaghat Jabbari Kalkhoran is one of the winners of the 'Grand Prize' at the 12th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh '06.
 arrow Jayantha, a director with a powerful vision
Jayantha Chandrasiri's film "Guerilla Marketing" is a participant of the 3rd International Film Festival, Bangladesh.
 arrow A saga of self realisation
Sohel (Rifaqat Rasheed), a British born Bangladeshi, who has grown up in the materialistic social structure and Internet culture, returns to his motherland after receiving the news of his father's death.
Generalarrow Abducted Kushtia BNP cadre found dead
Police yesterday recovered the body of a cadre of ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) from the river Padma after a day of his abduction in the district.
 arrow One killed as villagers clash in Sylhet
A septuagenarian was killed and 10 others were injured as villagers clash in Golapganj upazila here yesterday. The injured were rushed to the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.
 arrow 10 shops, houses gutted in B'baria
At least 10 shops and houses were gutted and five people injured in two separate incidents of fire at Sadar and Akhaura upazilas in Brahmanbaria, local people said yesterday.
Internationalarrow EU to cut aid if Hamas fails to renounce violence
The European Union warned yesterday it will cut funding to a new Hamas-led Palestinian government if it fails to renounce violence and recognise Israel.
 arrow EU vows diplomacy can still solve Iran crisis
The European Union vowed yesterday to press on with efforts to seek a diplomatic solution to the Iran nuclear crisis, which it still believes is possible despite this week's escalation of the standoff.
 arrow Unity govt needed to avert Iraqi civil war
Iraq must promptly form a national unity government to avoid a civil war but the United States will rely on Iraqi forces if one does erupt, US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday.
 arrow Maoists abduct 1,500 in Nepali strife: Army
Three soldiers, a police officer and five Maoists were killed in clashes in Nepal while the rebels abducted 1,500 civilians this week, the army said yesterday.
 arrow Bush sends Indo-US nuke deal to Cong
The Bush administration on Thursday submitted to Congress its proposal to change US law to allow the sale of nuclear technology to India, congressional sources said.
 arrow Saturn moon spewing water vapour
One of Saturn's moons, Enceladus, is spewing out a giant plume of water vapour that is probably feeding one of the planet's rings, scientists said on Thursday.
 arrow Rat-squirrel not extinct after all
It has the face of a rat and the tail of a skinny squirrel and scientists say this creature discovered living in central Laos is pretty special: It's a species believed to have been extinct for 11 million
 arrow Rahul for turning India into an educational hub
Young Congress member of Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi, son of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, delivered his maiden speech in parliament on Thursday emphasising the need to provide quality education to alland
Editorialarrow Editorial: JS body points finger at shipping ministry
The Parliamentary Standing committee on the Shipping Ministry in its meeting held on March 8 raised some serious questions about suspected corrupt practices inside the ministry.
 arrow Editorial: Bangladeshi workers' plight
A number of Bangladeshi workers in Saudi Arabia are reported to be facing great difficulties due to irregular payment of salaries by their employers.
 arrow US strategic presence in South Asia
For more reasons than one, President Bush's swing through Afghanistan, India and then Pakistan, last week, evoked serious interest in the region.
 arrow The parlous politicisation of police
It is indeed sad to note that the media reports are no longer guarded and understated about the well-known but less publicised pernicious politicisation of the police force of the country.
Letters to Editorarrow "Muslim headcount in Indian army..."
Praful Bidwai's Article "Muslim headcount in Indian army: Hypocrisy or misconceived fears?" in The Daily Star of February 27, 2006 touches on some important points on how the political and military leaders
 arrow Israel issue
I agree with the comments of Mr. Taslim of Dhaka University published in The Daily Star on 22 February 2006. To try to wipe out a map from the globe is not (should not be) a job of human beings.
 arrow Tata Group's investment proposal
It is understood that both our government and Tata Group delegation have failed to strike a balance in respect of Tata's proposal of big size industrial investment targeting our natural resources like
StarTecharrow Windows Vista The next big bang
Microsoft is set to launch its latest operating system, Windows Vista, during the end of this year, to set up yet another milestone after the 2001 Windows XP.
 arrow The world at your fingertips
Remember the adventure classic 'Around the World in Eighty Days' by Jules Verne? Well, now you can be around the world in Eighty seconds! Virtually, that is and through Google Earth.
 arrow Apple introduces new Intel-based Mac Minis
Apple introduced new upgraded versions of their popular and low-priced Mac Mini systems, this time with better Intel processors, twice as much memory, more storage, integrated Intel graphics core anda
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Literaturearrow Case Closed
Not again! I am sure I left my wallet here on the bedside table. I was a bit tipsy last night. Probably, I had one peg too many.
 arrow Cartoon controversy Canadian style
Over twenty-five years ago my cousin's baby had a strange tic. He wouldn't let his head be touched. Now the Bengali way of showing affection to a child is to tousle its hair.
 arrow Islam and the West: Civilizations in Conflict?
Though 9/11 sparked a wave of polemical discourse on Islamic and Western views of civilization, the discursive journey juxtaposing these two elements is not new.
 arrow More Comments from Bangladeshi authors/academics on The Daily Star Book of Bangladeshi Writing
It is probably easy to shrug off Bangladeshi writing just because it's in English. In the last 15 years this newspaper has proved it otherwise.
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