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Front Pagearrow Cops foil 14-party bid to besiege EC
Leaders and workers of the 14-party opposition alliance trying to lay siege to the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat in the capital yesterday clashed with the police and at least 100 were injured,15
 arrow Booming RMG cares little for workers' life
Shima Chakma, full of teenage dreams, came a long way from her Khagrachhari home to start the first job of her life on February 17 at a garment factory in Chittagong.
 arrow Rahman remanded at Dhaka court
Law enforcers took Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman on another 10-day fresh remand instead of producing him before a Sylhet court yesterday, showing him arrested in an August 17
 arrow Govt takes more time to assess negative impacts
The government is taking extra time to give the final nod to the $2 billion open pit coalmine of British company Asia Energy in Phulbari for last-minute assessment on potential negative economic and sociopolitical
 arrow PM talks India trip with policymakers
Ahead of her official visit to India, Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday had an exclusive meeting with her party policymakers and was also briefed by the top foreign ministry officials about the issues
 arrow Ahab helped JMB build int'l links
Militant supremo Abdur Rahman established international links of his militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) with the help of Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh (Ahab) chief Asadullah al Galib,
 arrow 14-party sit-in at Secretariat March 30
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition alliance will stage a sit-in at the Bangladesh Secretariat on March 30 as part of its movement to realise their demand for reforms in the caretaker government
 arrow Jubo League calls 8hr hartal today
Jubo League, youth front of main opposition Awami League (AL), enforces a countrywide hartal from 6:00am to 2:00pm today protesting the death of Masudur Rahman Imam Ali in "crossfire.
 arrow Rocket shells, ammo found in Bandarban
A joint force of army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) recovered another cache of sophisticated weapons and ammunition from a den of gunrunners in Naikkhongchhari upazila of the district yesterday morning.
 arrow Grameen teams up with Groupe Danone to set up food plant
Microcredit guru Prof Muhammad Yunus launches a joint venture food enterprise in collaboration with one of the world's major food producers -- Groupe Danone.
 arrow 2 Hindu youths never returned after abduction
"We will convert to Islam and do whatever you say. Please just spare us," a Hindu youth was pleading for life.
 arrow Reform skipped as PM talks to 3 top ministers
The prime minister yesterday sat with her three senior ministers and discussed the latest political situation but they skipped the issue of the opposition-proposed reform and the PM's proposal to form
 arrow Heavily-guarded streets...

 arrow SA break mighty world record to beat Australia
In what was the greatest ever ODI match in living memory, South Africa pulled off a nail-biting one-wicket victory over Australia amidst scenes of pandemonium at the Wanderers in Johannesburg last night.
 arrow Thin cracks developed in Jamuna bridge
Thin cracks of 0.1 to 0.5millimetre width have developed in the country's longest Jamuna Multi-purpose Bridge built around eight years ago at the cost of nearly $1 billion.
 arrow Intact shirt saps crossfire claim
The Rapid Action Battalion's claim that Iman Ali, a Jubo League leader of Savar, died Wednesday in "crossfire" comes under question as locals and family members say they found the bullet-hit body in a
 arrow Clampdown on tax dodgers starts
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has launched investigations into what it considers dubious income statements of about 8,000 taxpayers of Dhaka and Chittagong regions.
 arrow Expert warned owner 10 days before collapse
A structural engineer said he had warned the owner and associates of the Phoenix Group about the "extreme vulnerability" of the Phoenix building in Tejgaon ten days before the building collapsed on February
 arrow Owner granted anticipatory bail
A High Court bench yesterday granted anticipatory bail to Din Mohammad, the owner of the collapsed Phoenix building, ordering him to appear before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court within twoweeks.
 arrow Woman faces cop wrath
As platoons of riot police chased 14-party demonstrators on the Mirpur Road adjoining Dhanmondi Road no 27, a water canon vehicle flushed the basement of a shopping mall to disperse women demonstrators
 arrow Next elections to test democracy in Bangladesh
President of Japan-Bangladesh Parliamentarian League (JBPL) Shin Sakurai believes the next general elections will prove whether democracy has taken deep root in Bangladesh or not.
 arrow JS body asks BB to probe dollar crisis
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the central bank to find out the reasons behind the unusual price hike of dollar and investigate if the market is being manipulated.
 arrow Hearing on EC's leave-to-appeal deferred again
The Supreme Court yesterday deferred for a fortnight the hearing on Election Commission's (EC) leave to appeal against the High Court's (HC) directives regarding preparation of the much-debated electoral
 arrow 1 killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A listed 'top terror' was killed during a shootout between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and his gang in Fatikchhari upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Turning a blind eye...

 arrow 5 injured in fire at city building
At least five people received burn injuries when a fire broke out in a five-storey building in city's Tikatuli area yesterday evening.
 arrow Iran threatens to quit NPT
Iran could leave the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) if its nuclear rights are not accounted for, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned yesterday.
 arrow Saddam trial resumes, 11 die in attacks
The trial of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and seven former aides resumed yesterday before the Iraqi High Tribunal as rebels launched a series of bomb, mortar and gun attacks across Baghdad.
Businessarrow Exporters seek bank for export-import to ease procedures
Exporters have recommended setting up a specialised export-import bank to ease existing cumbersome banking procedures in export.
 arrow Australian firm keen to invest in energy sector
Australia's third largest petroleum producing company Santos International Australia yesterday expressed interest to invest in Bangladesh's energy sector, especially in oil refinery and exploration projects.
 arrow Chinese RMG quotas breathing life into vulnerable Asian textile
Asia's most vulnerable garment sectors have survived -- even flourished -- and proved the nay-sayers wrong during their first year without the protection of the global quota system.
 arrow Bangladesh gets $1.48 lakh spot orders from Indian trade fair
Bangladesh has received spot orders worth US$ 1.48 lakh in the recently concluded 'Guwahati International Trade Fair' in Assam, India. The country also received potential orders worth $ 1.
 arrow EU takes new step towards unified energy policy
European ministers will take a new step on Tuesday towards strengthening EU energy policy amid concern over supply security and the trend towards protectionism in some member states.
 arrow Indian exporters eyeing Russian market
Eyeing Russia as a potential market for products like tobacco, leather, tea, coffee, meat, fruits and auto parts, Indian traders will organise exhibitions there to capitalise on the tremendous scope for
 arrow No breakthrough at WTO trade talks in London
Six global trading powers achieved a degree of progress in weekend talks in London, but a breakthrough deal to help poor nations trade their way out of poverty remained elusive.
 arrow Vietnam in 'end game' to join WTO
A US trade mission has voiced optimism Vietnam will join the World Trade Organisation (WTO) this year but said the communist country must continue to tackle red tape, copyright piracy and corruption.
 arrow EC's dy DG for Asia, Latin America due today
Herve Jouanjean, deputy director general for Asia and Latin America, DG External Relations of the European Commission, will head a high-level delegation to Bangladesh from the EC Headquarters in Brussels
 arrow Emirates opens hospitality management division
Expanding its quality ethos across the international leisure management sector, Emirates has launched 'Emirates Hotels & Resorts, a new premier hospitality management division.
 arrow China expects 8pc growth in 2006
China targets an 8 percent economic growth this year and will take measures to keep the development 'fast' and 'steady', Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said recently. The projected growth rate is 1.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Wanderers unfolds one-day wonder
Ricky Ponting and his Australian team went on a world record rampage but Herschelle Gibbs inspired South Africa to an astonishing series victory in the fifth and final one-day international at the Wanderers
 arrow Cricket: Proteas on cloud nine
Mark Boucher hailed South Africa's stunning 3-2 one-day series victory over Australia as "one of my best moments in cricket" after hitting the winning runs to secure a last-gasp record-breaking victory.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka fight back
Under pressure of tons of runs, defending champions Dhaka put on a brave face on the third day of their four-day match against Chittagong in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Kumble spins Eng into trap
Anil Kumble grabbed three wickets to brighten India's hopes of forcing a win in the second Test against England after Ashes hero Kevin Pietersen's dubious dismissal here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Bond puts NZ in charge
A devastating three-wicket spell by Shane Bond put New Zealand on the brink of an unlikely Test victory here Sunday as the West Indies squandered a 148-run opening partnership.
 arrow Cricket: Fatullah Stadium now int'l venue
The Osmani Stadium in Fatullah got the approval of the Interna-tional Cricket Council as an international venue, Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia removed from top
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman slipped from the top of the table when the defending champion crashed to his old pal International Master Reefat Bin Sattar in the third round of the Mercantile Bank 30th National
 arrow Football: Real earn tame draw
Real Madrid had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Valencia in the Primera Liga on Saturday after substitute Ronaldo spurned a golden opportunity to give his side victory when he missed a last-minute penalty.
 arrow Football: Adriano sinks Sampdoria
Brazilian striker Adriano ended his 10-match goal drought by scoring the winner for Inter Milan in their narrow 1-0 home victory over Sampdoria on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Dementieva survives a scare
Fourth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva struggled to clear her first hurdle at the 5.27 million-dollar Pacific Life Open on Saturday, but at least she didn't have to struggle with the rain.
 arrow Football: Wenger leaves door open for Beckham
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed Sunday that he would love to entice Real Madrid's England captain David Beckham to join his London outfit.
 arrow Football: I'd love Owen back, says Gerrard
England and former Liverpool striker Michael Owen should be brought back to the club at all costs his good friend and Liverpool playmaker Steven Gerrard said on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Rooney double downs Magpies
Wayne Rooney warmed up for this summer's World Cup by scoring both goals as Manchester United strengthened their grip on automatic Champions League qualification by brushing aside Newcastle 2-0 at Old
 arrow Aussies ready to rule the pool
Australia is attempting to shield the pressure of expectation off its hot-shot women swimmers in the countdown to Thursday's Commonwealth Games competition.
 arrow Cricket: Temperament due to parents: Dravid
Indian skipper captain Rahul Dravid will be the sixth Indian to play 100 Tests in the third match of the series against England in Mumbai beginning March 18.
 arrow Cricket: Glowing tributes for Kumble
Former Indian captains Sunday congratulated leg-spinner Anil Kumble for completing 500 Test wickets during the second Test against England in Mohali.
 arrow Cricket: Smith made a fool of himself: Warne
With four days to go until the first Test between South Africa and Australia, Shane Warne has reignited the war of words between the two sides.
 arrow Football: Indian elected USSF president
Sunil Gulati, a native of India who teaches economics at Columbia University and long-time US Soccer executive, was elected president of the US Soccer Federation here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Munshipara Krira Sangstha defeated Chamok Sporting Club by seven wickets in the Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League held at Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Deliver more social services
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia hoped that many other organisations would come forward to deliver social services following the bright example set by the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (DAB).
 arrow Seven killed, 80 injured in Madaripur road accident
Seven people were killed, including an unidentified woman, and 80 others injured when two buses collided head-on and fell into a roadside ditch at Rajoir upazila in Madaripur yesterday.
 arrow Hasina renews call for int’l probe into militancy
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated her plea for international inquiry into militant acts and interrogation of JMB leaders Shaekh Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai under
 arrow Journo assaulted in Patuakhali over tender scandal
Officials and staffs of the Department of Patuakhali Roads and Highways (R&H) with the help of ruling party backed contractors assaulted an on-duty journalist when he enquired about a tender scandal yesterday
 arrow Japan to double aid for Bangladesh
Japan, the single-largest development partner of Bangladesh, will double its assistance for development and economic uplift of Bangladesh.
 arrow Eden girls announce fresh programmes
Agitating students of Eden College yesterday announced fresh programmes to realise their demands by March 18.
 arrow 'Uphold women's rights to ensure empowerment'
Implementation of existing laws through united efforts by all concerned is a must to uphold women's rights and resist violence against them, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Hasina seeks donors' support
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday expressed her hope that Bangladesh's development partners would support the opposition's proposal to reform the system of caretaker government
 arrow India looks forward to Khaleda’s visit
India is looking forward to three-day official visit by Prime Minister Khaleda Zia beginning from March 20, said Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Veena Sikri here yesterday.
 arrow 157 expelled on second day
A total of 157 examinees were expelled for cheating on the second day of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination across the country yesterday, which was three times more compared to the first day.
 arrow Trader stabbed to death in N'ganj
A trader was stabbed to death over sharing of money at Fatulla on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Delwar Bepari, a cloth trader.
 arrow Attack on 14-party procession condemned
Different political parties yesterday condemned police attack on 14-party activists on Road No-27 at Dhanmondi in the city that left more than one hundred injured and arrests when they were going to lay
 arrow C'wealth Day today
The Commonwealth Day will be observed today focusing on the 53-member organisation's role in promoting health and vitality.
 arrow Khulna Halt programme today
Khulna city has been kept out of purview of tomorrow's countrywide half-day hartal called by Bangladesh Jubo League.
 arrow 2 killed, 50 hurt as villagers clash in B'baria
Two people were killed and 50 others injured in a clash over past enmity at Birampur village under sadar upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Khulna city beautification begins
Khulna City Mayor Sheikh Tayebur Rahman yesterday inaugurated 'Khulna City Beautification Programme' as chief guest.
 arrow Eastern University inks MoU with Chinese Institute
Eastern University (EU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Guang Gong Sing Ye Decoration Company and Feng Liang (Intl) Art College, China in order to cooperate in areas of exchange of students,
 arrow 55 houses gutted in Bandarban
At least 55 houses were gutted in a devastating fire at remote village Salchhara under Ruma in Bandarban, Army sources said yesterday.
 arrow Six bombs found in Kushtia village
Six bombs were found at a remote village in Kushtia yesterday.
Nationalarrow Wanted JMB militants hiding in Sundarbans
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), police and other law enforcing agencies are preparing to launch a special combing operation in some areas of the Sundarbans to bust hideouts of Islamic militants.
 arrow Facing Monga effectively
A pilot project for Monga alleviation, financed jointly by World Bank and the government has started to bring changes in the condition of poor families covered by it.
 arrow BSF abducts 14 in a month from Chunarughat
Brahmanbaria: Tension is mounting in the border in Rema and Bolia areas in Chunarughat upazila in Habiganj district as Indian Border Security Force ((BSF) abducted 14 Bangladesh nationals in last onemonth
 arrow The art of helping others to become self-reliant
Shamsiara Koli employs about 30 young girls-- most of them studentsat her handicrafts factory.
 arrow Election Offices Under Siege

 arrow The agony bridge at Sakwa
The small river has dried up. But it is an uphill task to cross the Narsunda at Sakwa. To carry goods or a patient in a rickshaw, at least 10 people are needed.
 arrow Landless hold rally in Satkhira
About 5000 landless people at a rally at Bairagirchak in Kaligonj upazila yesterday demanded allotment of government (khas) lands to them in Debhata and Kaligonj upazilas.
 arrow Rangpur BMA demands action against UNO
The Rangpur unit of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) at a press conference yesterday demanded action against Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Siddiqur Rahman for his alleged misbehaviour with the Civil
 arrow Correction

Point-Counterpointarrow Disclosure of wealth
The government has taken no initiative aimed at the disclosure of wealth by ministers and lawmakers though it was one of the major pre-election commitments of the ruling BNP and its allies.
 arrow Young Bangladeshis: The soldiers of fortune
It was in the middle of the 1980s. I met a young Bangladeshi in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. He was lean and thin, at best 5 feet 2 inches in height.
 arrow If bird flu hits
Bird flu continues its international march; now Pakistan, Sweden and Germany have reported infections.
Culturearrow Ahlaam wins Best Film Award
THE award giving ceremony of the 3rd International Film Festival Bangladesh was held at Shaheed Zia Auditorium, National Museum on March 11.
 arrow Promoting promising dancers
The Department of Music and Dance of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) has arranged a three-day dance programme at the Experimental Theatre Stage. The idea is to promote promising dancers of the country.
 arrow Delineating innermost feelings
On display at the Chitrak Gallery in Dhanmondi till March 12 were a series of Mustaque Ahmed's 37 paintings in a semi-abstract and abstract mode.
 arrow ntv to re-run Ronger Manush
A re-run of the popular mega serial Ronger Manush begins from March 15 at 3: 15 pm, from Wednesday to Friday, on ntv, says a press release.
Internationalarrow 4 killed in suicide attack on Afghan politician
Two attackers and two bystanders were killed yesterday in the Afghan capital in a suicide car bombing targeting the head of the country's senate, who escaped unharmed, the interior ministry said.
 arrow Restive Nepal braces for Maoist blockade
Nepal's Maoist rebels plan to blockade Kathmandu and other major towns and cities from tomorrow, stepping up pressure on King Gyanendra who seized absolute power a year ago.
 arrow A lesson to rise above religious row
Starting bloody riots between India's majority Hindus and minority, but large, Muslim population usually doesn't take much doing.
 arrow US in talks to close Guantanamo camp
The United States is in discussions about how to send terrorism suspects held in Guantanamo Bay back to their home countries and close the detention camp, a senior US official said yesterday.
 arrow Likud, Hamas square off over future relations
Likud, the right-wing party trailing ahead of a March 28 Israeli election, rejected yesterday any Palestinian state led by Hamas, as the radical Islamic group continued its refusal to renounce violence.
 arrow Iran inciting Iraqi violence: Bush
President George W. Bush on Saturday suggested Iran was stirring up violence in neighbouring Iraq.
 arrow Milosevic death robs victims of justice
Foes of Slobodan Milosevic said on Saturday the unexpected death in prison of the man they blamed for the 1990s bloodshed in the Balkans meant justice had been cheated.
 arrow Prosecutor for hanging Saddam promptly if found guilty
The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven co-defendants resumed yesterday with the chief prosecutor calling for the prompt hanging of any found guilty, while bombs and mortars exploded across Baghdad.
 arrow Delhi backs civilian paramilitaries
Indian Maoists who killed 28 people last month in a landmine blast said Sunday the victims were government-backed paramilitaries and not civilians.
 arrow Tigers accuse Lankan troops of fresh attack
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels have accused government forces of launching a fresh attack against them and breaking an agreement last month to halt violence.
 arrow India hopeful of resolving border row with China
India is optimistic about settling a decades-old border dispute with China, a top official said Sunday as the two sides held talks on the issue for a second day. India's National Security Adviser M.K.
 arrow Residents flee Pak Tribal town
Pakistani officials yesterday relaxed a curfew in a restive tribal area bordering Afghanistan after killing 30 militants but residents of the main town Miranshah used the opportunity to flee their homes.
 arrow Boy called reincarnated Buddha goes missing
A 15-year-old boy whose followers believe he is the reincarnation of Buddha has disappeared after 10 months of meditation in the Nepalese jungle, officials said Saturday.
 arrow Milosevic may have committed suicide
Chief UN war crimes prosecutor Carla del Ponte said on Sunday she could not rule out that Slobodan Milosevic might have committed suicide but said she wanted to wait for the results of an autopsy.
Editorialarrow Editorial: No land use policy yet!
It is a shame three and a half decades since national independence that we are yet to have a policy for harnessing the most vital of our national resources -- the land.
 arrow Editorial: Done us proud
Another piece of successful excavation work at a village in Narsingdi and we have been put firmly on the global map of early human settlements.
 arrow The Palestinians at the crossroads
The Hamas victory in January 26 Palestinian election monitored by foreign observers and considered more impressive display of electoral democracy than any other in the region has stunned everyone including
 arrow BNP-AL and contestable markets
The significance of 15th anniversary celebration of The Daily Star, amidst all the pomp and grandeur, was not simply a "show and tell" success story.
 arrow Still a common bond fraternity
Critics often tend to describe the Common-wealth as a group of nations that relishes nostalgia without having much to do with the affairs of the present day world as much as they are critical of the non-aligned
Letters to Editorarrow A 'Bangladeshi foreigner' reminisces
Every year between December and February, Bangladeshis look back and remember.
 arrow Microcredit
In the report "Nothing but age changes for the ultra-poor", Inam Ahmed points out, "Figures are there that support that microcredit has missed the ultra poor by and large.
 arrow Poor umpiring biased selection!
All the cricket fans of this country were glued to their television sets to watch the BD-SL second Test match.
 arrow Relations With UK
We know that Bangladesh has got a very warm relation with the United Kingdom and nowadays more than six lakh Bangladeshis are living in London alone, and all of them are British citizens.
 arrow Human rights violation
The United States is concerned about the Human rights situation in Bangladesh.
 arrow Iran-US nuclear tussle
Hello Professor: I just read your article on Iran's nuclear programme.
 arrow Woes of retired officials
I refer to the report published in The Daily Star on February 21, 2006 entitled "ACC asks audit to look into retired officials' woes".
 arrow Muslims and the West
Much has been written and heard of about the foolhardy publication of a series of cartoons of our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), first in the Danish Daily Jyllands-Posten on 30 September 2005.
 arrow Away from home
The weather is turning in London. No more the grim greyness that greeted you every morning for the last four months.
 arrow The western context
Having read Chaklader Mahboob-ul Alam's article "Freedom of expression and multi-culturalism" fairy tales immediately come to mind.
 arrow Bravo!
It can be easily guessed how the whole Bangladesh roared with joy and pride when our cricket team defeated Sri Lanka.
Star Cityarrow No redress for victims as yet
Victims of the collapsed six-storey Phoenix building at Shahid Tajuddin Sarani in Tejgaon are yet to receive compensation though 17 days have already gone by.
 arrow Women entrepreneurs take the lead
Nine years ago Ayesha Akhtar was an ordinary housewife like many other women dependent on others. Her husband, a low-paid government servant, was the sole earning member of the family.
 arrow Incidents of mugging on rise
It was 9 at night when Tanvir Hasan Khan boarded a CNG-run autorickshaw at Motijheel on his way home.
 arrow Once a seasonal vegetable...

 arrow Fighting Tuberculosis in Dhaka
Qulsum Begum's (40) keens wobble as she attempts to stand upright at the medicine counter at Tuberculosis Control and Training Institute (TCTI) in Dhaka's Changkharpul area.
 arrow Eden College in chaos
Students of Eden College are struggling to have illegal resident students evicted from the four dormitories and reinstate the original resident-students of the hall.
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