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Front Pagearrow Biman bogged down by engine troubles
Mechanical disorders of its ageing fleet continue to plague Biman with the national airlines failing to provide timely flights to passengers in various international routes.
 arrow Nation celebrates 36th Independence Day
The nation yesterday celebrated the 36th Independence Day, recalling the supreme sacrifice of millions who laid down their lives to free the motherland from the clutches of Pakistani occupation forces.
 arrow BNP men attack AL rallies in dists, 60 hurt
Around 60 Awami League (AL) leaders and activists were injured in Tangail, Laxmipur and Munshiganj as cadres of the ruling BNP and its front organisations attacked AL rallies and processions on the 36th
 arrow Low tariff for 15 more countries
The sate-run telephone operator is going to expand its economy overseas call service to another 15 countries from April 1 to check its income downslide due to a wide use of illegal internet telephony.
 arrow PM wants, yet meeting not held in 2 months
The Power Development Board (PDB) is set to sign an agreement with an incompetent Chinese company, Harbin, soon for setting up the 150-megawatt Chandpur power plant in a controversial deal that violated
 arrow Move on to relocate units to industrial area
The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has initiated a move against the use of residential or commercial buildings for industrial purposes to prevent frequent fire incidents in garment factories.
 arrow Govt's successes hyped at parade
The display of achievements and works of different ministries was the centrepiece of this year's Independence Day parade yesterday.
 arrow The other side

 arrow Bangladesh team demands apology from Pakistan for '71 genocide
The members of the Bangladesh delegation participating in the World Social Forum (WSF) in Karachi demanded an apology from Pakistan for the genocide during 1971.
 arrow Tremors jolt Chittagong
Two tremors jolted the port city and its adjoining areas on Saturday night and early yesterday in a span of four hours. But there were no reports of casualties or damage.
 arrow Farmers block Jessore roads for power
Farmers put up barricades on all four roads to Chowgachha upazila for the second consecutive day yesterday, demanding uninterrupted supply of electricity.
 arrow Nation pays homage to the martyrs

 arrow Thousands join 'final push' to oust Thaksin
Thousands of protesters marched through Bangkok's busy shopping district yesterday in a second day of a "final push" to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra before April 2 elections.
 arrow Cellphone sets worth Tk 1.66cr seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized cellphones along with battery packs worth around Tk 1.66 crore at the Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday.
 arrow Rice talks of conditional troops pullout from Iraq
Echoing military commanders, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday the US could withdraw a significant number of troops from Iraq this year if Iraqi forces are able to assume greater control
 arrow Congress asks partymen to stop resign spree
Congress on Saturday said it would soon take a "joint decision" regarding the partymen involved in the office of profit controversy and asked its MPs and MLAs not to resign unnecessarily.
 arrow US to query Russia on reports of help to Iraq
The United States takes "very seriously" reports Russia gave Saddam Hussein intelligence after the 2003 invasion of Iraq and will raise them with Moscow, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.
 arrow Clue to slow human bird flu jump
Scientists believe they may have discovered a reason why the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus cannot yet jump easily between humans.
 arrow Scientists say sea rise could be catastrophic
Earth could be headed for catastrophic sea level rise in the next few centuries if greenhouse gases continue to rise at present rates, experts say.
 arrow Iraqi cleric Al-Sadr unharmed in mortar attack
A mortar round slammed to earth near Muqtada al-Sadr's home yesterday in the Shia holy city of Najaf, but the popular anti-American cleric was not hurt, an aide said.
 arrow Probe returns first Mars pictures
Nasa is studying the first pictures taken of the surface of the Red Planet by the high-resolution cameras aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).
Businessarrow New export trophy policy likely to be placed before cabinet today
The commerce ministry is likely to place before the cabinet meeting today a new national export trophy policy, which seeks to increase the number of product categories from 21 to 39.
 arrow Participants vent mixed reaction over sales as Ctg int'l trade fair ends
The 14th Chittagong International Trade Fair (CITF) 2006 ended here yesterday with participants expressing mixed reaction over sales.
 arrow World gas market making a pitch to come of age
The natural gas market, still in its early years, is looking to secure a place in the global energy distribution scheme in the face of major technical challenges and high geopolitical stakes.
 arrow India, Gulf states hope to sign FTA
India hopes to sign a free-trade pact with the six-nation GCC to boost economic ties, after negotiating trade possibilities in goods, services and investment sector by 2007, Commerce Minister Kamal Nath
 arrow More bankruptcies expected among US auto suppliers
More bankruptcies are expected among US auto suppliers which are being squeezed by demands for lower prices for fewer parts as General Motors Corp and Ford Motor Company implement massive restructuring
 arrow China to raise oil prices
China said Sunday it will raise oil prices from March 26 to offset refinery losses but will susbsidise disadvantaged communities and public service sectors.
 arrow Western Union's network convention held
The network convention of Western Union, a worldwide money transferring company, was held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Volatile yuan may hint at further currency flexibility: Analysts
The recent volatility of the Chinese yuan may show that China is more open to pressure from the United States to further relax its foreign exchange regime, according to analysts in London.
 arrow Seaports urged to prepare for arrival of mega-container ships
Global seaports must carry out massive expansion and modernization within the next decade to cope with the entry of mega-container ships carrying an ever-growing volume of global trade, industry players
 arrow Gold prices in Myanmar soar
Gold prices in Myanmar soared Sunday to 390,000 kyats (354.54 US dollars) per tical (0.0163 kg) from 340,000 kyats (309.
 arrow Investigators storm Hyundai Motor
South Korean investigators Sunday stormed the headquarters of the country's top automaker, Hyundai Motor, in a widening corruption probe into a local business lobbyist, officials said.
 arrow Japanese firms stepping up procurement of funds
Japanese companies are stepping up issuance of shares and bonds as they need cash to invest in production and capital tie-ups, a press report said Sunday.
 arrow HR Textile okays 7.5pc dividend
HR Textile Mills Ltd has declared a 7.5 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on September 30, 2005.
 arrow Bangkok in SriLankan Airlines' expansion plan
SriLankan Airlines' chief commercial officer said Saturday (March 25) that Bangkok is now the third biggest hub of the airline, after Colombo and Dubai.
 arrow Eurozone data to show stable business confidence
Eurozone indicators to be released in the coming week will show inflation easing in March as the effects of last year's surge in oil prices wane, while business confidence is expected to consolidate after
 arrow Malaysia calls for reduced car prices on new auto policy
Malaysia's deputy prime minister Najib Razak has called for further cuts in car prices after the government imposed a new auto policy which reduces tariffs on imports, reports said Sunday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rajshahi wait on Ctg
Rajshahi set the stage for championship celebration with a thumping 10-wicket victory over Dhaka on the third day of their four-day match in the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Nafees rescues BD A
Ten wickets tumbled on the final day but Nafees Iqbal's patient 80 helped Bangladesh A salvage a draw against their Sri Lankan counterparts in the first Test yesterday at the BKSP ground.
 arrow Football: Cruciani curses bad luck
Bangladesh national coach Diego Cruciani cursed bad luck just five days ahead of the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup for losing key defenders Hassan Al Mamun and Sujan but was relieved to know that Rajani
 arrow Record eludes hosts
Mighty Australia fell agonisingly short of the Commonwealth Games gold medal record on Sun-day but the hosts reconfirmed their place as the event's superpower with a huge 84 titles.
 arrow Cricket: Lara sparks Windies
A classy 83 from Brian Lara and an unbeaten 70 from Runako Morton carried the West Indies to 256 for four against New Zealand before further rain brought an early end to the second day of the third and
 arrow Football: AFC to follow FIFA model
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) will follow the FIFA model for an international tournament when they stage the inaugural AFC Challenge Cup in Bangladesh from April 1-16.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee for match practice
To ensure longer-version match practice for Mashrafee Bin Mortuza ahead of the home series against Australia, the national selectors has included the paceman in the Bangladesh A team to play the second
 arrow Independence Day events
Amal Ray of Engineer's Club won the men's singles title of the Independence Day Tennis tournament, organised by Bangladesh Tennis Federation (BCF).

 arrow Football: Chelsea back on track
Chelsea have been a magnet for controversy this season and they proved it again during this 2-0 win over 10-man Manchester City.
 arrow Football: Barca draw a blank
Barcelona's seemingly unstoppable march towards their second successive league title had the brakes put on it by Malaga when they were held to a 0-0 draw by the bottom club on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Roma stall Juve charge
Serie A leaders Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw at home by AS Roma on Saturday allowing rivals AC Milan to cut their lead to eight points with their 3-1 victory over Fiorentina.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies gain advantage
South Africa collapsed against the second new ball as Australia took a first innings lead of 102 runs on the third day of the second Test against Australia at Kingsmead Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin rules out retirement
Booed by his home fans, plagued by a prolonged slump and battling a fresh injury, Sachin Tendulkar's cup of woes may be brimming over but he's all set to fight the odds.
 arrow Bollywood lights up Melbourne
Bollywood came to the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Sunday when the hosts of the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games staged a spectacular to mark the end of the sporting festival in Australia.
 arrow Football: Football preferred over women!
British men show far more loyalty, commitment and self-sacrifice towards their favourite football team than towards their partners, a study published Monday showed.
 arrow Football: Thuram calls for racial integration
France's World Cup winner Lilian Thuram has called on his country to open up its troubled ghettos to help generate closer bonds between different social and ethnic factions within French society.
 arrow Cricket: Rain sinks first day
The first day of opening Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was washed out on Sunday after heavy rains in the capital city.
 arrow Cricket: Galle to host Tests by Aug
Sri Lanka's cricket authorities are hopeful the tsunami-hit Galle International Stadium will be ready to host a Test match against South Africa in August.
 arrow Basketball: Maple Leaf lift school b'ball title
Maple Leaf emerged champions in Shabab Murshid Memorial School Basketball Tournament with a 43-23 victory over Agha Khan School in the final at the Dhanmondi Basketball gymnasium on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Ancelotti going to Madrid?
The Spanish sporting press insisted on Sunday Carlo Ancelotti will be Real Madrid's coach next season although he has just signed a contract extension until 2008 with AC Milan.
Metropolitanarrow Accept reform proposal for fair election
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said the alliance government will have to accept the opposition's proposal for reforms in electoral process to ensure a free and fair election.
 arrow Trial production at first unit begins tomorrow
The first unit of country's first coal-based Barapukuria 250MW Power Plant will go into trial production tomorrow. The unit was shut down for technical glitches on January last.
 arrow Library automation programme at DU begins haphazardly
Library automation programme at Dhaka University (DU) was launched recently in a haphazard manner. Experts concerned said it would take at least one year more to make the programme fully operational.
 arrow 'Unite against militancy'
Awami League (AL) lawmaker and former state minister Sarder Amjad Hossain called for unity of pro-liberation forces against the Islamist militancy, communalism and fundamentalism.
 arrow 12 shops gutted
Properties worth about Tk 40 lakh were damaged as 12 shops gutted in fire in the Shekharnagar Kalimandir Bazar under Sirajdikhan upazila of Munshiganj early yesterday.
 arrow Addict kills stepson in city
An addict yesterday punched his seven-month-old stepson to death at a slum at Lalbagh in the city after his wife refused to pay him money to buy drugs.
 arrow BSCIC spring fair begins
A six-day independence and spring fair of the Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC) began at the BSCIC Bhaban at Motijheel in the capital yesterday.
 arrow President hosts reception
President Iajuddin Ahmed and his wife Prof Anwara Begum on the occasion of Independence and National Day hosted a reception at Bangabhaban yesterday. Prime Minister Khaleda Zia attended the reception.
 arrow BFUJ election on April 29
The biennial Representative Conference of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) will be held at the National Press Club in the city on April 12.
Nationalarrow Sylhet rivers drying up
Gradual drying up of major rivers and their tributaries in greater Sylhet region, coupled with fall in underground water level in the Surma basin, has caused a serious threat to bio-diversity in the north-eastern
 arrow Filaria spreading fast
About 50 lakh poor people in 39 districts, mostly in border areas, have been suffering from lymphatic filariasis, locally called 'Godh'.
 arrow Factories falling silent as power playing havoc
Frequent load-shedding and low voltage are playing havoc with big and small industries and cold storages in Nilphamari.
 arrow Jessore LGED under police guard
Amid threats from contractors allegedly belonging to a ruling party, Executive Engineer and other employees at Jessore LGED office are working under police guard.
 arrow Celebrating Independence Day

 arrow Innocent Moina languishes in jail, convict moves freely
A woman sentenced to life imprisonment in a drugs case is moving freely in the city while another falsely implicated in the case has been languishing in the Jessore Central Jail for the last two years.
 arrow Aftab's photo exhibition on Liberation War ends
A three-day photo exhibition displaying works of noted photo-journalist Aftab Ahmed drew a large number of visitors at Rangpur Town Hall ground.
 arrow Obituary
Marzia Chowdhury Lulu, Headmistress of Hatgobindapur Government Primary School in Kalmakanda and wife of The Daily Star correspondent in Netrakona, Jahangir Alam Sazal, died of blood cancer at Mymensingh
Point-Counterpointarrow Recapturing the spirit of the Liberation War: Secularism and socialism
[This is Part II of a 3-part series that contains the full text of a speech given by Prof. Sobhan at the Liberation War Museum on March 22.
 arrow Nepal readies for the big fight
In a breakthrough agreement, Nepal's seven-party Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD) and its Communist Party (Maoist) have announced a non-violent agitation to end the "absolute monarchy.
Culturearrow Central Shaheed Minar turns festive
Independence Day was celebrated with gaiety all over the country.
 arrow On days gone by...
"That night was a near death experience," says classical singer and actress Shampa Reza, recalling the events of March 25, 1971. That night, she was taking part in a music programme on PTV Dhaka.
 arrow 'Munier Choudhury Theatre Space' inaugurated
On March 25, through a three-day cultural programme the theatre space of the theatre troupe Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT) has been officially inaugurated as 'Munier Choudhury Theatre Space'.
 arrow Mobilising public opinion against dowry
Rishilpi an Italian NGO, has launched an innovative cultural programme to build up public opinion against dowry.
 arrow World Drama Day today
Theatre activists all over the world observe March 27 as World Drama Day.
 arrow Trendy attire to suit the mood
To celebrate the month of Independence, Nitya Upohar has organised a display of attire with the theme of our motherland, our compatriots, Martyrs of Liberation War, Hajar Bochhorer Shopno, George
Generalarrow 15 hurt as villagers clash in Khulna
Fifteen people, including four policemen, were injured in a clash between two rival groups at 8:00am yesterday at Kalmibunia under Paikgacha upazila of Khulna district.
 arrow Gaibandha FFs boycott Independence Day reception
A number of freedom fighters of Gaibandha Unit Command boycotted Independence Day reception yesterday, as the Deputy Commissioner (DC) did not allow new unit convener to chair the function ignoring the
Internationalarrow Gunboat sinking may push Lanka back to war
Sri Lanka could slide back to war following the suicide bombing of a navy gunboat that killed eight sailors, foreign ceasefire monitors warned yesterday, as the military launched a probe into the incident.
 arrow Tight security in Kathmandu to thwart Maoist infiltration
Nepal's royal government has tightened security in the capital to thwart infiltration by Maoist rebels ahead of massive pro-democracy protests planned for next month, a spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Troops, tribal militants clash in Pakistan
Three tribal militants and a paramilitary trooper were killed in a clash in the troubled Pakistani province of Baluchistan yesterday, officials said.
 arrow Laden a big supporter of Nawaz Sharif
A top Pakistani politician has claimed that Osama bin Laden was willing to "buy parliamentarians" in 1990 to ensure Nawaz Sharif's election as Prime Minister, according to a media report.
 arrow Israel to set borders after consulting US: Olmert
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert fleshed out his plan yesterday to unilaterally fix Israel's borders if he wins this week's election, vowing to reach an internal consensus before seeking international
 arrow Iraqis race to form unity govt amid violence
Iraqi politicians were scheduled to meet yesterday to discuss the formation of a national unity government amid mounting pressure from the United States to stem the country's rising chaos.
 arrow Half a million march against tightening US immigration rules
Half a million protesters paralysed downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, demanding amnesty for undocumented immigrants and rejection of a proposed law that would drastically tighten US immigration rules.
 arrow EC gearing to handle fallout of controversy
With disqualification petitions flooding it, the Election Commission is gearing itself to handle the fallout of the controversy over the office of profit.
 arrow 6 Maoists killed in Indian gunbattle
Policemen shot dead six Maoist guerrillas in Chhattisgarh yesterday, two days after the rebels set off a landmine killing 13 people.
 arrow India, Iran stress need for close relations
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Iranian Vice President Rahim Mashaee Saturday held talks in New Delhi during which they stressed the need to strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in the energy sector.
 arrow 7 dead in Seattle shooting spree at house party
A gunman killed six young revellers at a "zombie party" in a Seattle house on Saturday and then shot himself in the head when confronted by police as he left the home, officials said.
 arrow Scientists find skull of human ancestor
Scientists in northeastern Ethiopia said Saturday that they have discovered the skull of a small human ancestor that could be a missing link between the extinct Homo erectus and modern man.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Law flouted on election expenditure
In a tell-tale sign of political dishonesty, the fifty-five odd political parties in the country have yet to submit the return to the Election Commission (EC) on the expenditure they made during the 2001
 arrow Editorial: Turmoil in Thailand
For over two weeks now, Thailand has been caught up in a political maelstrom.
 arrow What did the PM achieve in India?
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's recent state visit to New Delhi culminating in a summit meeting between two leaders has ended with a positive note reaffirming their commitment to work closely to find mutually
 arrow An ill-advised visit?
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia during her goodwill visit to India was given a red carpet reception and a warm welcome by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the forecourt of Rastrapati Bhaban, where she
 arrow Phulbari coal mining: An anti-state project?
The Energy Advisor has dealt a severe blow to the ongoing evaluation of the proposal from Asia Energy Corporation (AEC) by declaring the coal exploration deal with Asia Energy as "anti-state.
Letters to Editorarrow World Water Day
It is indeed gratifying to see that the World Water Day 2006 celebration theme is "Water and culture", for culture is life! Water in its various form is our culture from time immemorial.
 arrow To the people of Iraq...
With deep anguish and outrage we are watching the situation in Iraq, which is getting worse day by day.
 arrow Wipe them out
After five days of Abdur Rahman's arrest, another top terrorist Bangla Bhai was arrested from Mymensingh.
 arrow Is it a university?
A university is the key to a nation's development. A university student should be a first class citizen of a country.
 arrow Relations with India
The government must be congratulated for its efforts to develop a new relationship with the regional giant India. India is surrounding us from three sides. So a good relationship with it is essential.
 arrow The Prophet
This is beyond any doubt and question that the Prophet (pbuh) of Islam was one of the greatest human beings that ever lived.
 arrow Cartoon controversy
The publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) deserves protest by the offended Muslims around the world.
 arrow Negotiating with Tata
We understand that the final round of negotiations with Tata is imminent.
 arrow A day to remember
On the morning of 18 March the cacophonic ringing bell of the alarm seemed like the sweet song of the cuckoo. It was the time for which I have waited for many days.
 arrow Points to ponder
We have observed our independence day this year like previous years. The day is very significant to the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Restoring values
First of all, thank you very much for all you have done and have been doing for restoring the norms and values in political and as well as social life of this almost lost country.
 arrow Nepali students of SUST
The Nepali students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) are facing many problems. The problems include poor accommodation and lack of other facilities.
 arrow Trees and plants
Trees are the mute children of nature. Giving oxygen, fruits, wood, raw materials for paper, cloth, medicine, trees play the role of our friend.
 arrow Next election
We are expecting that the next parliamentary election in 2007 will be free and fair. But some people in our village have not yet been enlisted as voters.
 arrow Intellectuals and democracy
Our intellectuals have to attain the moral courage to call a spade a spade. The dialogues and meetings have not produced any results, as they are not addressing the real problems.
Star Cityarrow Beds on rent at DMCH
Md. Jalal Uddin, was admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) on March 18 after suffering a massive heart attack.
 arrow DMP yet to finalise payment mode on vehicle requisition claims
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is yet to reformulate the requisition ordinance and fix the mode of payment for requisitioned vehicles and clear other ambiguities that are depriving vehicle owners
 arrow Painting the curves of his innovative mind
The Shahbagh intersection is crammed with people during rush hours. City service buses, cars and human haulers ply the street blaring ear splitting horns.
 arrow Rajuk facing hurdles in following layout
The Rajdhani Unnyan Kartripkkha (Rajuk) is facing strong obstruction in building a walkway along Gulshan-Baridhara-Banani Lake with rampant encroachments by powerful plot owners.
 arrow Community centres see downslide in business
Community centres in the city are facing a downslide in business because of the availability of alternatives like Chinese restaurants.
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