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Front Pagearrow Govt offers talks to form committee
Ice finally started melting as the government has offered dialogue with the opposition on the formation of the prime minister-proposed committee comprising leaders from the ruling and opposition parties
 arrow Cops probing if house owners linked to JMB
Comilla police are now investigating whether the owners who rented their houses to JMB militants have links to the Islamist outfit.
 arrow Sitakunda ship-breaking yard workers' death trap
The air here is pungent with fumes and smells of burnt gas and oil. The ground is littered with bones and disjointed skeletons of every kind of ships with barefooted workers moving about like swarms of scavenging ants. This 5km strip by the bay looks like a graveyard of vessels, not a bit like the tourist-attracting beach it was before 1985.
 arrow Rab goes all out to nab 2 JMB Shura men
The law enforcers have launched a massive hunt in the capital and some other districts for JMB Majlish-e-Shura member Khaled Saifullah who narrowly escaped Rab dragnet in Comilla Monday.
 arrow JCD goes on rampage at Eden college
At least 12 students of Eden University College were injured yesterday as Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres attacked the demonstrating students who had been blockading the street in front of the campus
 arrow Islami Bank given 10 days to explain militants' accounts
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday served a show-cause notice to the chief executive of Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd concerning the alleged irregularities in maintaining 'militant-linked' accounts and asked
 arrow US envoy for probe into militant sponsors
US Charge d' Affaires Judith Chammas hopes that police investigation into JMB continues to progress and that it will shed light on whether any elements of the outfit were involved in other acts of high
 arrow Rab tipped off by landlady's family member
A hint from a family member of the landlady of the Bishnupur house that was used as a JMB den helped Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members to launch Monday's successful yet bloody operations.
 arrow The bomb was in Omar's bandoleer
The wife of JMB explosives expert Shakil alias Mollah Omar blew up herself and her two children exploding a powerful bomb packed in a bandoleer fastened to her waist, said a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)
 arrow CEC takes new colleagues to meet EU team
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz, accompanied by the two new election commissioners loyal to him, met a high-profile European Commission (EC) delegation on Monday while keeping in the dark the
 arrow Jt team to inspect river border soon
Indian Water Resources Minister Saifuddin Soz is expected to visit Bangladesh soon for carrying out an overdue joint inspection of the river-eroded border areas of the two countries.
 arrow Nizami's book found at JMB dens
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday recovered several jihadi books, including one written by Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman and Minister of Industries Nizami, from Comilla JMB dens.
 arrow Govt should maintain fair deal with Tata
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the government has to consider overall economic benefit of the total package of Tata's $ 2.
 arrow Clouds over third Buriganga bridge
The communications ministry faces an indefinite delay in launching construction of the third Buriganga Bridge at Basila as the Cabinet Purchase Committee (CPC) refuses to approve the appointment of aconsultant,
 arrow JMB's 'Mollah Omar' son of Ahle Hadith man
Shakil Ahmed alias Sohel alias Mollah Omar, bomb expert of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) killed in a Rapid Action Battalion raid in Comilla on March 13, was known to the locals of Delduar
 arrow JU hardly remembers its JMB student
The teachers and students of Department of Chemistry of Jahangirnagar University (JU) can hardly remember anything about Alamgir Hossain Saikat, a student of the department, whom the Rab captured on Monday
 arrow Dhaka loses top UN mission post in Sudan
Bangladesh has lost the position of force commander of the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission in Sudan due to government decision to replace the force commander, who was a senior officer of Bangladesh
 arrow Dhaka to host Safta meet April 20
Dhaka will host the first meeting of the South Asia Free Trade Area (Safta) Council of Ministers (SMC), which will review and finalise the Safta implementation arrangements on April 20, official sources
 arrow Shanta sues 28 cops for assault
A woman, victim of the police brutality during the 14-party opposition's Election Commission besiege programme on March 12, filed a criminal case against 28 policemen including two Dhaka MetropolitanPolice
 arrow Toxic chemical wastes

 arrow Charges pressed against Sunny in 2 more cases
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday pressed charges against the military commander of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) Ataur Rahman Sunny and four others in two cases.
 arrow AL updates diplomats on present situation
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday provided diplomats stationed in Dhaka with a comprehensive report depicting the current socioeconomic and political situation in the country and its reformproposals.
 arrow PM conspiring to use army in polls
Awami League (AL) General Secretary and 14-party opposition combine Coordinator Abdul Jalil yesterday alleged that the prime minister is conspiring to use the armed forces in the upcoming election.
 arrow 'Outlaw' killed in crossfire
A regional leader of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) M-L faction was killed during an encounter between the police and his accomplices yesterday at Bejpara of Gilatala union in Khulna.
 arrow Hasina goes to US tomorrow for treatment
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina leaves Dhaka for the US tomorrow for further treatment of the ear injuries she sustained in the August 21 grenade attacks in 2004.
 arrow Israel raids West Bank jail to seize militants
Israeli troops yesterday stormed a prison compound in the West Bank town of Jericho in a vast operation to arrest jailed militants held over the assassination of an Israeli minister.
 arrow Security Council yet to reach consensus
Key members of the UN Security Council frantically sought common ground on the Iranian nuclear issue Monday ahead of a meeting of the full 15-member body later this week to address Tehran's refusal to
 arrow Icy 'super-Earth' found
A cold, heavy "super-Earth" has been found orbiting a distant star, using a method that holds promise for detecting faraway planets that closely resemble our own, astronomers said on Monday.
 arrow Fresh bird flu outbreak in India
India reported yesterday a fresh outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu among poultry in western Maharashtra state, close to where the country's first cases were detected last month.
Businessarrow Exports grow 16.92pc in seven months
The country earned US$ 5.8 billion by exporting goods in the first seven months of the current fiscal year, showing a 16.92 percent growth.
 arrow EC invites balanced proposal for relaxation of rules of origin
The European Commission invited a balanced proposal from Bangladesh for relaxation of the EU Rules of Origin (ROO) on trade facilities as the issue was tabled at the EC-Bangladesh Joint Commission meeting
 arrow Only good laws not enough to improve governance: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday observed enactment of good laws cannot help improve good governance unless people behind scene are not good.
 arrow Sri Lanka-Bangladesh chamber launched
In a bid to promote bilateral trade relations between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, business leaders of the two countries yesterday launched Sri Lanka-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SLBCCI)in
 arrow DSE General Index sheds 41.52 points
The DSE General Index lost 41.52 points yesterday because of sharp price fall in Pubali Bank shares after the book closure. The index shed 41.52 points to close at 1572.91 points from 1614.
 arrow Beximco Pharma takes part in Myanmar fair
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd participated in the March 10-12 'Pharmaceutical Product Show' in Myanmar with a massive market expansion plan, says a press release.
 arrow Faruk Ahmed Siddiqi new chairman of SEC
Former commerce secretary Faruk Ahmed Siddiqi has been appointed chairman of capital market watchdog Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), sources said.
 arrow China announces price, import caps on iron ore
China said Tuesday it will impose unspecified restrictions on iron ore imports, citing the need to create a level playing field in the sector's international trade.
 arrow Protectionism storm clouds EU talks
A growing storm over protectionism is increasingly dividing the European Union as finance ministers meeting in Brussels Tuesday argued over the role of the state in their economies.
 arrow Oil rebounds
World oil prices shot higher on global markets Monday as traders were unsettled by tensions in major crude producers Iran and Nigeria.
 arrow Japan's factory output hits new high
Japanese plants and factories boosted output by 0.4 percent in January, more than previously thought, taking industrial output up to new record high levels, the government said Tuesday.
 arrow Global growth prospects still encouraging: Central bankers
Leading central bankers believe that global economic growth prospects remain encouraging but stress that the real estate market should be kept under watch, European Central Bank chief Jean-Claude Trichet
 arrow Daylong computer fair held in Bogra
A huge number of school and collage going students along with their guardians thronged a daylong computer fair at Karatoa Auditorium in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow Seiko to open center in Sípore
Japanese electronics and watch maker Seiko Instruments will set up a research centre in Singapore, its first outside Japan, local press reports said Tuesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Kenyans hungry for exposure
World Cup semifinalists Kenya arrived in the capital Tuesday morning to play four one-day internationals against Bangladesh this month.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan to miss series
The West Indies suffered a further setback Tuesday, a day after losing the first cricket Test to New Zealand, with confirmation that vice-captain and leading batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been ruled out
 arrow C'wealth Games open today
Melbourne's Commonwealth Games preparations were thrown into disarray Tuesday when a sex scandal rocked the lead-up to the 71-nation event just 24 hours before the opening ceremony.
 arrow Cricket: 'Eng need to bat better'
Former England batsman Geoff Boycott insists the team must substantially improve their batting if they are to rescue the Test series against India.
 arrow Football: Cruciani's boys start camp at BKSP
Bangladesh national football team will prepare at home for next month's AFC Challenge Cup as their proposed trip to Thailand was cancelled.
 arrow Chess: Rakib takes solo lead
International Master Abdullah Al Rakib took solo lead in the Mercantile Bank 32nd National Chess Championship after the fifth round yesterday.
 arrow Football: Euro MPs advise UEFA to red card racism
The European Parliament has voted to call on European football authorities to take firmer action in the fight against racism in stadiums, abandoning matches if necessary.
 arrow Football: Mourinho a Klinsmann fan
Germany coach Juergen Klinsmann, under fire for poor results and his decision to keep living in the United States, has received support from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Henry keen on Vieira return
Thierry Henry is relishing the prospect of Patrick Vieira's return to Highbury when Arsenal face Juventus in the quarterfinals of the Champions League later this month.
 arrow Football: Boro on the brink of history
Middlesbrough travel to Rome for a vital UEFA Cup last 16 second leg tie on Wednesday, dreaming of making history.
 arrow Cricket: Dravid delighted with Patel, Kumble
India captain Rahul Dravid lavished praise on debutant paceman Munaf Patel and spinner Anil Kumble for their nine-wicket victory over England in the second test on Monday.
 arrow Football: Getting girls is easy: Becks
England football captain David Beckham's teenage letters admitting being a soccer starlet made it easier to attract girls were sold at auction on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie gamblers rue their luck
Australian gamblers re-learnt an old lesson along with the nation's cricketers in this week's record breaking one-day international in Johannesburg: there's no such thing as a certainty.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff reflects on collapse
Andrew Flintoff lamented the second innings collapse that helped India win the second test in Mohali on Monday, but said England's performances on the tour hinted at a bright future.
 arrow Cricket: Softball bowls cricket
Pakistan had to abandon a scheduled practice session Tuesday ahead of the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka when they arrived at the Colombo Cricket Club to find the venue booked for softball.
 arrow Cricket: Aussie trio sits atop rankings
Australia may have gone down to South Africa in the "greatest one-day match ever", but their batsmen reigned supreme in the latest ICC rankings occupying the top three slots.
 arrow Football: Brazil the best seller
Foreign transfers of Brazilian footballers have netted a billion dollars in the past decade, according to central bank statistics published Monday in the daily O Estado de Sao Paulo.
 arrow Kabadi: Nat'l Kabaddi finals from Mar 20
The final round of the Standard Chartered National Kabaddi Championship will begin on March 20 at the Outer Stadium kabaddi court. Nine district teams split into two groups will take part in thefinals.
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Ghagot Krira Chakra crashed Abahani Krira Chakra by eight wickets in yesterday's Naheed Cotton First Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Taimur killed in road accident
Advocate Taimur Rahman, father of national cricketer Mushfiqur Rahman, was killed in a road accident at Ahammedpur Bazar in Natore yesterday. He was 68.
 arrow Hockey: Death anniversary of Pushkin tomorrow
Abahani will observe tomorrow the first death anniversary of Zahidur Rahman Pushkin, the club's former hockey secretary, player and joint-secretary of the Bangladesh Hockey Federation.
Metropolitanarrow Khaleda-Manmohan meet on March 21 to initiate new era
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and her Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh hope to usher a new era in Indo-Bangladesh relations when they meet on March 21 to address each other's concerns and expand trade and
 arrow Malaysia to go tough with Bangladeshi students
Malaysian Home Affairs Ministry will review the procedure and regulations in issuing student visa especially for Bangladeshi students in order to prevent them from being illegal workers in Malaysia.
 arrow 6 die in Gopalganj road crash
Six people were killed and 40 others injured when a passenger bus turned upside down at Kolapara intersection in the Gopalganj town yesterday.
 arrow Kuwaiti investors keen to invest in Bangladesh
Kuwait is interested to import goods while its investors are keen to invest in Bangladesh.
 arrow Probe body starts work
The inquiry committee formed by the government to examine the cracks in the Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge started its work yesterday.
 arrow 90,000 tonnes of Indian rice, wheat for flood victims
Indian high commissioner in Dhaka Veena Sikri formally handed over the receipt of a consignment of 90,000 metric tonnes of rice and wheat as relief from India to Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, minister for
 arrow HC order stayed
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court on Sunday stayed the operation of a High Court verdict that declared illegal the policy on seniority of parliament secretariat officials.
 arrow Property worth Tk 2 cr gutted in Narayanganj
Property worth about Tk two crore was gutted in a devastating fire at the Quality Knitting Mill store at the Jamtala residential area in here yesterday.
 arrow 4th World Water Forum begins tomorrow
The 4th World Water Forum begins in Mexico tomorrow where Bangladesh is expected to focus on the possible disastrous effects of the Indian Inter-River Linking Project and Tipaimukhi dam on the country
 arrow Shibir leader killed in road accident
One Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) leader was killed in a road accident at GPO in the city yesterday.
 arrow Schoolboy drowns
A high school student drowned in a pond at Rampur area here yesterday, hospital sources said. The victim was identified as Rafiqul Islam, 16, son of Abul Kalam of Halishahar police station.
 arrow Dr Razee's anniversary of death today
The 21st death anniversary of eminent lawyer Dr Aleem Al Razee will be observed today with due solemnity.
 arrow British HC to produce biometric passports
British High Commission (BHC) in Dhaka is going to start production of biometric passports from April 16 in a bid to continue processing straightforward applications in ten working days provided correct
 arrow NU admission test result published
The result of admission test for the 1st year honours courses (session 2005-06) of National University has been published with a pass percentage of 84.48.
 arrow Mutalib Akhand laid to rest
Ruling BNP lawmaker Abdul Mutalib Akhand was buried at his family graveyard at Jagaish in Gobindaganj of Gaibandha district yesterday.
 arrow Uttara Club celebration begins today
Uttara Club has taken up a six-day programme to celebrate its 15th founding anniversary to be held on March 20.
Nationalarrow Dealers queue up for 'rationed' fertiliser
The Zia Fertilizer Factory (ZFF) in Ashuganj has introduced 'rationing' of fertiliser, keeping dealers with trucks and barges waiting for days to lift their quota.
 arrow Plan to acquire homesteads triggers protest
People of Laxmidari village facing eviction for development of Bhomra land port at a press conference yesterday said they are becoming victims of a conspiracy by some vested quarters.
 arrow Punish Menoka's rapists
People of different professions joined the physically challenged in agitation programmes in the town yesterday, demanding capital punishment to the rapists of a 15-year-old girl who torched herself to
 arrow 'Molla Omar' supplied the bombs that killed judges
JMB explosives expert Molla Omar alias Shakil had made and handed over two bombs to suicide bomber Mamun who killed two judges in Jhalakathi on November 14 last year.
Culturearrow Gulgee, a living legend
If calligraphy is a movement, Gulgee is the finest of Pakistan's calligraphy painters.
 arrow Falguni on daughter Tonima
Quite a few celebrity offspring have made it big on the small screen. In their ranks is Tonima Hamid, daughter of M Hamid and Falguni Hamid, who has made a mark in stage and TV plays.
 arrow New talk show hits the screen
Positive Bangladesh, a talk show hosted by renowned fashion designer Bibi Russell is aired on STV USA every Wednesday at 8:00 am, says a press release.
 arrow Neel Cactus: A TV play on acid victims
Based on the evils of urban life and acid-violence, a single episode TV play Neel Cactus has just finished its production.
Internationalarrow Nepal grinds to a halt as Maoist blockade bites
Soldiers carrying automatic rifles patrolled key highways in Nepal yesterday but normally busy roads were all but deserted as an indefinite blockade of the capital by Maoist rebels began.
 arrow Congress may set terms on Indo-US nuclear deal
Congress may seek to put unspecified conditions on a landmark US-India nuclear-energy agreement despite Bush administration warnings that such moves could scuttle the deal, a key lawmaker said on Monday.
 arrow Iraqi cops find 85 bodies in 24 hrs
Police in the past 24 hours have found the bodies of at least 85 people killed by execution-style shootings a gruesome wave of apparent sectarian reprisal slayings, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Lankan talks in danger
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have said a second round of talks to avert a slide back to civil war are in grave danger unless the government makes good on a pledge to disarm groups they say the army is helping
 arrow UN closes book on Milosevic
The UN war crimes court closed the book yesterday on the historic genocide trial of Slobodan Milosevic as the son of the former Yugoslav leader arrived in the Netherlands to pick up his father's remains.
 arrow World unsafe without Pak help: Karzai
Afghan President Hamid Karzai yesterday demanded Pakistan's full cooperation in the fight against terrorism, saying that without the neighbouring country's help the world would never be safe.
 arrow Maoists set free 200 captive passengers
After holding 200 train passengers captive for more than 12 hours, Maoist rebels fled into the jungles of eastern India early yesterday.
 arrow China, India will usher in 'new Asian century'
China and India will usher in a "new Asian century," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said yesterday, as he expressed hopes the world's two most populous countries would build on their improving relations.
 arrow Bush extends Iran sanctions
President George W. Bush issued an executive order on Monday that continued US oil and other economic sanctions against Iran in effect since 1995, saying Tehran's policies posed a threat.
 arrow Thousands blockade Thai PM's office
Tens of thousands of protesters blockaded Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's office yesterday to demand he step down, as military leaders sought to ease fears that they might intervene.
 arrow Stardust particles made of 'fire and ice'
The particles the Stardust probe brought back to Earth in January are a mixture of extremely hot and cold minerals pointing to a mixed origin of the Wild 2 comet, NASA scientists said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Succesfully through the fire ball
The blitzkrieg raid in Comilla is a sort of baptism in fire that the Rab went through launching itself into what appears to be the most daunting phase of the anti-terrorism offensive.
 arrow Editorial: Proposed anti-terror act
This has all the sights and sounds of something likely to touch the lives of people being seriously ventured without taking the constituency into confidence.
 arrow What issues should Bangladesh raise with India?
Bangladesh Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia is scheduled to visit New Delhi for three days from March 20.
 arrow Bush's visit to Pakistan: Disappointments galore
Recently, President George W. Bush has paid a two-day visit to Pakistan.
 arrow Dying Kibria was denied an airlift
Away in Boston, USA, on a visit, Begum Asma Kibria, widow of slain Shah AMS Kibria, resented that while the infamous militant Bangla Bhai was provided with a helicopter from Mymensingh to Dhaka for rendering
Letters to Editorarrow Another useless hartal
Another day of useless hartal without any major incident, people hardly took any notice of it but the greatest damage is done to the students as all educational institutions remained closed.
 arrow March 8
Every year around the world March 8 is being observed as the International Women's Day. Even in our country the day is now observed with great enthusiasm.
 arrow Crackdown on terrorists
After the arrest of militant linchpin, JMB second in command Bangla Bhai, the government has finished its major work of nabbing militants, but the govt.
 arrow Iran issue
Iran is believed to be the biggest power in the Middle East. This country has made an enviable progress in every sector - private or public - through hard labour and relentless perseverance.
 arrow Independence in 1947
Was it too early or we were not educated or prepared enough to take over the governance after India & Pakistan emerged as two independent nations in 1947? The consequences are part of a bloody history
 arrow Traffic on Rampura Road
Transports plying on Rampura Road always remain overcrowded, as thousands of people living in this area have to use this road. The worst is the Rampura Bazar point.
 arrow Objective journalism?
The Daily Star published a photograph on the back page of its February 22 issue, showing the Islami Chhatra Shibir offering Asr prayer by closing a part of the road in front of the Muktangan.
 arrow PM's visit to Pakistan
The recent (mid February 2006) visit of the Bangladesh prime minister to Pakistan has been hailed as a success by some quarters. But if objectively viewed the success would appear to be debatable.
 arrow Sania Mirza
I appreciate Mr. Md.Abul Kalam Shamsuddin for his letter on the above subject published in your daily dated Wed. March 08. 2006.
Star Chittagongarrow No room for burn patients at CMCH
The patients with severe burn injuries are lying on the floor of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) putting others at risk of contracting infection.
 arrow Work for 308-bed modern hospital begins
Earth-filling work for construction of 308-bed Imperial Hospital is progressing fast to make the first-ever general hospital of international standard in the port city to be operational in 2008.
 arrow Villagers hunt rare species of leopard
Villagers hunted a leopard of rare species (pantherar pardus) at Chakaria upazila in Cox's Bazar on March 7 night.
 arrow Water Crisis in Port City

Star Cityarrow Classroom crisis at DU hampers studies
Students and teachers of Faculty of Arts at Dhaka University (DU) have alleged that regular academic activities like regular classes and examinations are being hampered because of inadequate classrooms.
 arrow Little progress in saving Buriganga
The implementation of an integrated action plan to save Dhaka's lifeline Buriganga from encroachers and polluters is progressing at a snail's pace.
 arrow Most street lights remain off at night
Load shedding and thefts of electric main switches, have left almost half the total of 94,000 sodium lights on the city streets off at night, Dhaka City Corporation sources said.
 arrow Doomsday for obscene movies
Adaptation of the anti-obscenity law in parliament in January revives hope of bringing back 'golden days' to the film industry as the makers and those involved in pornographic films have gone into hiding.
 arrow No solution to sewerage overflow in Gulshan
The sewer leakage problem once confined to Gulshan 1, has now spread to alleys and by lanes in the Gulshan area, with the Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) failing to go ahead with the mass cleaning
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