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Front Pagearrow Dhaka put under siege, streets turn battlefields
Thousands of opposition activists were locked in fierce clashes with police in Dhaka and its outskirts yesterday during the Awami League (AL)--led 14--party coalition's 'Dhaka Siege' programme that virtually
 arrow SC halts as angry lawyers stage sit-in
The Supreme Court became all but paralysed yesterday as anti-government lawyers angered by Saturday's High Court ban on the 14-party opposition's Dhaka-siege programme boycotted the court under the banner
 arrow Kuwait to finance 450MW Ctg plant
Kuwait has agreed to finance a 450-megawatt power plant in Chittagong and sell fuel on deferred payments of 180 days as requested by Bangladesh.
 arrow 36-hour hartal
The 14-party opposition combine will enforce a countrywide shutdown from 6:00am tomorrow to 6:00pm on Wednesday to press home its demands of electoral reform and resignation of the chief election commissioner
 arrow EC sits today on next action
The Election Commission (EC) sits today to decide the next course of action to prepare the voter list in accordance with the apex court's directives and as prescribed by the Electoral Rolls Ordinance1982.
 arrow Bravo double guides Mexico past Iran
Striker Omar Bravo hit two goals to give Mexico a 3-1 win over Iran in their World Cup Group D opener at the Frankenstadion last night.
 arrow Robben inspires the Dutch
The Netherlands made a fine start to their World Cup on Sunday with a goal from the inspired Arjen Robben giving them a 1-0 victory over Serbia and Montenegro.
 arrow Ministry set to sell Tk 40cr prime land for Tk 2.5cr
The industries ministry is selling land worth Tk 40 crore in the city's Tejgaon industrial area for a nominal Tk 2.5 crore to a particular buyer without floating any tender, said a well-placed source.
 arrow Pacy Portugal tame spirited Angola
Portugal held off spirited debutants Angola to open their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win here Sunday to place them atop Group D with Mexico.
 arrow Petitioner says he is with govt, helping BNP
Advocate Abu Bakar Siddique, who has become a controversial figure overnight by moving the petition to ban the 14-party opposition combine's Dhaka-siege programme, said he is with the alliance government
 arrow Siege causes public sufferings
Thousands of commuters, city dwellers, pedestrians in and on the outskirts of the capital suffered immensely during yesterday's 14-party alliance enforced 'Dhaka siege' programme.
 arrow MP Pintu leads cops to beat up leather tech students
Nasiruddin Pintu, a BNP lawmaker from Lalbagh in the capital, stormed the dormitories of the College of Leather Technology in Hajaribagh area with squads of police yesterday and beat up some studentsmercilessly.
 arrow Big jail reforms in August
The government will introduce a new jail code in August bringing massive reform to modernise the existing century-old one and make it inmate-friendly.
 arrow At least 30 journos on duty hurt
At least 30 journalists were wounded during the series of clashes between the opposition workers and the law enforcers in yesterday's opposition-enforced Dhaka-siege programme.
 arrow Cops surrender to mob at Kanchpur
In an unusual event, around 70 armed policemen literally stooped before the demonstrators at Kanchpur yesterday as they could not handle the mob attacks. "Please don't hurt us.
 arrow AL boycotts JS session over attack
The Awami League (AL) boycotted the parliamentary proceedings yesterday protesting the police attack on its lawmakers and leaders while the AL Parliamentary Party (ALPP) sits today to decide whether they
 arrow Charges pressed against 10 JMB top men
Police yesterday pressed charges against 10 militants of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including its top three leaders Abdur Rahman, Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai and Abdul Awal in an August 17serial
 arrow Why torturers of Bulu won't be punished
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the government to show cause as to why it should not be directed to take punitive measures against the persons who have tortured 'Boishakhi TV Director' MNH
 arrow Nepali parliament cuts king's power
Nepal's parliament in a unanimous vote has stripped King Gyanendra of his right to veto laws in a move that formally makes him a ceremonial monarch, an official notice said yesterday.
 arrow 4 Afghans shot dead
Gunmen robbed and shot dead four men working for an Indian road construction company in southern Afghanistan, a provincial government spokesman said Sunday.
Businessarrow Invest in Bangladesh's real estate, infrastructure, power
Bangladesh businesspeople yesterday urged Kuwait entrepreneurs to invest in some potential areas such as real estate, power generation and transmission, financial market, infrastructure and hotel andtourism.
 arrow BGMEA, BKMEA seek more budgetary allocation for power
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) yesterday hailed the proposed budget for the 2006-07 financial
 arrow Malaysia, US face big task as FTA talks kick off today
The United States and Malaysia today embark on free-trade talks in the resort island of Penang, which are being fast-tracked with the goal of striking a deal by the end of the year.
 arrow Political unrest worries FBCCI
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) yesterday expressed concern over the ongoing political violence in the country and said this would impede the growth of the private sector.
 arrow Beijing still a fake shoppers' paradise
In the crowded hallways of Beijing's famous Silk Alley market, a vendor brazenly pulls out a folder displaying color photos of fake Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags for sale.
 arrow New chairman of NCC Bank
Mahbubul Alam Tara was elected chairman of NCC (National Credit and Commerce) Bank recently, says a press release.
 arrow New MD of LankaBangla Finance
Mafizuddin Sarker has recently taken over as managing director of LankaBangla Finance Limited, says a press release.
 arrow 'India story' on track despite market rout
India's economy is growing by over eight percent, IBM has just said it will triple its investment in the country and the number of mobile phone customers has hit the 100 million mark.
 arrow Citibank sends Bangladeshi officials abroad
In a latest move to send its local talents across Asia, Citibank NA Bangladesh arranged the placement of three of its officials in its Hong Kong, Malaysia and China franchises in the corporate and investment
 arrow Japan offers its expertise in energy conservation
Japan on Saturday offered its expertise, gained from its energy conservation programs in the 1970s, to other countries confronting high energy prices.
 arrow Russia's 'window' to world-open or closed?
For centuries, Saint Petersburg has been Russia's "window on Europe," but tense East-West relations mean world leaders meeting here next month risk finding the blinds down.
 arrow GM's Wagoner builds confidence in road to recovery
With losses at General Motors Corp mounting, US sales and market share plunging and other storm clouds raising the specter of bankruptcy, many have questioned the leadership of chief executive and chairman
 arrow Fendi sues Wal-Mart over fake handbags
Italian fashion group Fendi S.R.L. sued Wal-Mart Stores in U.S.
 arrow G8 ministers brush aside economic threats
The world's top finance chiefs pronounced the global economy in fine shape this weekend as they downplayed threats from rising energy costs and struck a generally positive tone for a Group of Eight summit
 arrow AIUB job fair held
American International University-Bangladesh organised a day long job fair on its campuses in Dhaka on Saturday. The fair was followed by a number of workshops and seminars, says a press release.
Sportsarrow Football: A tonic for Pekerman
Argentina's coach Jose Pekerman played a cool hand against World Cup newcomers Ivory Coast but ultimately secured a crucial three points after rightly judging the "Elephants" attacking play to be a key
 arrow Football: Bright start for Oranje
Arjen Robben powered the Netherlands to a vital 1-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro in their first World Cup Group C game here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Argentina survive a scare
Argentina took a huge step towards securing a berth in the second round of the World Cup finals by beating an unlucky Ivory Coast 2-1, although the African Nations Cup finalists threatened the two-time
 arrow Football: Toni aiming high
Italy striker Luca Toni is aiming to make his mark at the World Cup finals when they open their campaign against Ghana in Hanover on Monday.
 arrow Football: 'Debut' for the Europeans
Czech Republic will not take their task lightly when they make their World Cup debut against the United States in Group E on Monday. In 1990, Czechoslovakia crushed the U.S.
 arrow Football: The battle of the Pacific
Japan are bracing themselves for a gruelling physical battle when they face Australia in their World Cup opener on Monday.
 arrow Football: WC Quotes
Sven-Goran Eriksson on how he would like to leave the England job.
"No I haven't asked Didi Hamann for advice about the World Cup.

 arrow Football: Now or never for Del Piero
Alessandro Del Piero is the leading scorer in Juventus' storied history. But when it comes to playing for the national team Del Piero's fortunes have been different.
 arrow Football: WC BRIEFS
FIFA insists it has "nothing against" Diego Maradona despite his skipping the opening ceremony amid a claim by the Argentine that he was not invited to play an active role on the day.
 arrow Football: A tale of goalies
They say goalkeepers must be mad. Now you can add injured, heroic, fortunate, bitter and downright angry. And the World Cup has only been going for two days.
 arrow Football: Lampard vows for improvement
Frank Lampard admits England's game against Paraguay wasn't easy but says the team will get better as the tournament goes on.
 arrow Football: Unique ploy to tackle power cut
Switch off lights, water heaters and fridges, prepare dinner before the match and do not think about using an electric kettle to make a cup of tea.
 arrow Football: Third Eye
The goals might have not been in plenty on Day Two but the magic most certainly was there as the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago earned their first point in their first ever World Cup match.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal retains his French Open title
Rafael Nadal of Spain successfully defended his men's title at the French Open on Sunday beating world number one Roger Federer of Switzerland 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) after three hours on the Philippe
 arrow Does Anybody Care?

 arrow Tennis: Not at my best, warns Justine
Other top players may be interested in appearing on television and modelling for fashion magazines, but not French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne.
 arrow Athletics: Army offer to help Budhia
India's army on Friday offered to train a four-year-old marathon runner whose coach has been accused by human rights groups of exploiting him.
 arrow Football: England fans turn it on
Buying up every ticket they could find, England fans turned Frankfurt's World Cup stadium into Old Trafford or Anfield on Saturday.
 arrow Football: One last big push?
Portugal may have seen their golden generation whittled away down to just Luis Figo here at the World Cup but for the Czech Republic's version this is the last hurrah.
 arrow Football: English press sigh in relief
English newspapers, which have built up huge expectations of World Cup glory in Germany, breathed a sigh of relief Sunday after the England team beat Paraguay 1-0 in their opening match.
 arrow Football: Kaka's 'conspiracy theory'
Brazil playmaker Kaka believes the other contenders for the World Cup crown are adopting a clever strategy by putting his country forward as the overwhelming favourites, saying it allows their rivalsto
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Raul injured
Afp, Kamen

Spain captain Raul caused a further scare ahead of their Group H opener against Ukraine in Leipzig in midweek when he left training early here on Sunday.

 arrow Football: Blame it on inexperience
African Nations Cup finalists Ivory Coast paid for their inexperience at the highest level in the 2-1 defeat to two-time champions Argentina, claimed their coach Henri Michel on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Police praise English fans
German police on Sunday praised England's fans for a trouble-free World Cup opener against Paraguay, although it was a different story at home despite a winning start for David Beckham and his side.
 arrow Football: Heroic Hislop plays cool
Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Shaka Hislop refused to take all the credit after the Caribbean minnows grabbed a shock point in a 0-0 draw against Sweden in their World Cup debut here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Aussies overtaken by WC euphoria
Australian football fans celebrate return from World Cup wilderness. They may be bleary-eyed and nervous, but Aussie football fans packing bars across the country Monday will also rejoice in the Socceroos'
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag powers India
Virender Sehwag walloped his 12th Test hundred for India and Pedro Collins collected his 100th Test wicket for West Indies to share the spotlight in the second Test on Saturday at the Beausejour Cricket
 arrow Football: Lara proud of Trinidad
West Indies captain Brian Lara paid tribute to the achievement of his native Trinidad and Tobago in earning a surprise draw in their first ever match at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: A cricketers leave today
Bangladesh A cricket team led by Tushar Imran leaves Dhaka for Zimbabwe today to play three four-day matches and five limited-overs games during their 32-day trip.
 arrow Football: Long shots the key
John Aloisi has urged his Australian team-mates to shoot from long-distance against Japan to take advantage of the new-look flying footballs being used at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Weather suits Japanese
Asian champions Japan claim that the sweltering weather, which made England struggle to a scrappy 1-0 World Cup win over Paraguay, would benefit his players when they take on Australia on Monday.
 arrow Football: The divine Donovan?
Landon Donovan was asked about the chain he was wearing.
''It's from my fiancee,'' he said. ''It's Sanskrit. I'm kind of Buddhist.'' A European reporter wanted to know what it meant.

 arrow Football: The spell of Rommel
Australia's Socceroos may have to fight off the reputed spell woven by Japan's official mascot dog when the two countries clash in their World Cup opener on Monday.
 arrow Football: Rosicky praises USA
Manager Karel Bruckner may have been unfamiliar with the U.S. squad six months ago, yet playmaker Tomas Rosicky is fully versed in the Czech Republic's opening World Cup opponent now.
 arrow Football: Keller sceptical about chances
The United States will not be respected as a serious soccer force until they prove themselves against European rivals, according to US goalkeeper Kasey Keller.
 arrow Football: Togo lures Schafer
Former Cameroon coach Winfried Schafer confirmed on Sunday that he was in negotiations to take over the reins of Togo ahead of their World Cup debut two days later.
 arrow Football: Mama's boy
Ronaldo's parents Nelio and Sonia said they were proud of their boy after visiting the team base in Konigstein. Parents and son spent around an hour chatting after a training session.
 arrow Cricket: Worth a try
Indian opener Virender Sehwag was disappointed to miss out on hitting a century before lunch on the opening morning of the second Test against the West Indies on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC defends snappy Lara
The ICC on Sunday came up with a ridiculous explanation in defence of the ill-tempered behaviour of Brian Lara during the first cricket Test against India when he snatched the ball from Pakistani umpire
 arrow Football: Thugs clash across England
Football thugs caused trouble in two English cities Saturday, marring celebrations across the country as England edged Paraguay 1-0 in their opening match at the World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Football: Vieira to stand tall: Domenech
Patrick Vieira is tipped to emerge as one of the stand out players of this World Cup by his France coach Raymond Domenech.
 arrow Football: Iran coach dodges politics talk
Iran coach Branko Ivankovic on Saturday said he had no message from the country's controversial president and told journalists to stop asking him about politics.
 arrow Football: Lyon welcome Ribery interest
Lyon confirmed Saturday night their interest in signing highly-rated Marseille forward Franck Ribery amid morning reports the player said he wants to join the French champions.
 arrow Football: North Korea allowed access to WC coverage
Stalinist North Korea has received TV coverage of the 2006 World Cup under way in Germany and plans to broadcast it later to its people, news reports said Sunday.
 arrow Football: Drogba in talks over new deal
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is set to sign a new deal with the English Premiership champions, his agent revealed on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Cole expects Owen revival
England midfielder Joe Cole is backing out-of-form striker Michael Owen to come good at the World Cup despite a lacklustre performance against Paraguay.
 arrow Football: A new Yorke found
Dwight Yorke once formed part of Manchester United's potent strike force which blazed its way to the 1999 Champions League title and a trophy treble.
 arrow Football: Valdez gunning for Sweden
For the first 20 minutes of their 1-0 defeat by England on Saturday Paraguay resembled a side not really believing they were ready to mix it with the heavyweights of world football.
 arrow Tennis: Svetlana rues her misses
Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova blamed a hatful of missed chances for her French Open final defeat by Belgian Justine Henin-Hardenne on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Huth confirms Boro move
Germany's World Cup defender Robert Huth confirmed on Sunday that he was leaving English Premiership champions Chelsea to join Middlesbrough on a five-year contract. "Nothing has been signed yet.
Metropolitanarrow Bhuiyan urges opposition to withdraw hartal
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday urged the 14-party opposition combine to withdraw its 36-hour hartal programme beginning at 6:00am tomorrow.
 arrow RHIYA provides healthcare knowledge to 10,000 youths
Two years ago, 16-year-old Anwara Khanom Anu only knew that the ultimate result of AIDS/HIV is death.
 arrow Garment workers postpone today's strike call
National Protection Alliance for Garment Workers and Industries has postponed its today's countrywide strike call in garment industries.
 arrow Street boys are victims of sexual exploitation
A large number of boys living on the streets are the victims of sexual exploitation, said the speakers at a workshop in the city.
 arrow Opposition flouts HC ban to create anarchy: Babar
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday accused the Awami League (AL) led 14-party opposition combine of creating a fearful situation to impose the siege programme violating the High
 arrow Kuwait to recruit more Bangladeshis: Emir
Visiting Emir of the State of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah met Acting President Jamiruddin Sircar at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Fall of government imminent
The bell has started ringing to mark the immediate fall of the 'failed' government in the face of the people's agitation, said Chittagong City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin at a rally here yesterday.
 arrow Court orders MDs, doctors to submit statements by July 3
A Dhaka court yesterday directed managing directors (MDs) and doctors of LabAid Cardiac Hospital and LabAid Limited to submit their written statements with regard to Tk 11 crore compensation suit against
 arrow Foreign currencies worth Tk 2.2 cr seized at ZIA
Customs officials seized foreign currencies worth over Tk 2.2 crore from a Singapore-bound passenger at Zia International Airport (ZIA) on Saturday night.
 arrow Two killed in Natore road accident
Two people were killed and three others injured when a truck rammed a three-wheeler, locally known as 'Bhotbhoti', at Tokia on Natore-Rajshahi highway yesterday morning.
 arrow One killed in Kafrul 'crossfire'
An alleged criminal was killed in an encounter with the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members at city's Kafrul yesterday morning.
 arrow Child drowns, two missing as boat sinks in Ctg
One minor child drowned and two others went missing when a boat sank at the Halda river near Rosangiri under Fatikchari upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Husband stab housewife to death for dowry
A housewife was hacked to death allegedly by her husband and in-laws at Kapashia in the district following her refusal to pay dowry.
 arrow Rajshahi AL enforces hartal today
Awami League in Rajshahi will enforce a half-day hartal in the district today protesting the police attack on its leader at Savar in Dhaka during the siege programme.
 arrow Sacheton Nagorik Committee formed at Savar
A 12-member Shacheton Nagorik Committee has been formed at Savar with Zainal Abedin Khan as its convenor.
 arrow Night guard killed in Moulvibazar
A night guard of Jhimaichhera tea garden under Kulaura upazila in Moulvibazar district was killed and another was seriously injured on Saturday night.
 arrow DUJA rejects 'eye-wash' punishment by BCL
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the main opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday temporarily expelled one activist and asked another one for show-cause for their misbehaviour with the
 arrow Two girls kidnapped in Khulna
Two schoolgirls were abducted at 10:00am yesterday from near National School at Sonadanga in Khulna city. They could not be rescued as of filing this report at 7:30pm.
 arrow DU officers to observe 3-day work abstention from June 20
Officers of Dhaka University will observe a three-day work abstention from June 20 to realise what they said their "legitimate demands".
 arrow 20 youths get Japanese scholarship
Twenty Bangladeshi youths have been selected for Japanese Development Scholarship (JDS), out of over 350 applicants.
 arrow Hearing on bail petition of Bulu tomorrow
The hearing on the bail petition of Boishakhi 'Director' MNH Bulu, accused of torturing his wife for dowry, was not held yesterday as the conducting judge was on leave.
 arrow Woman electrocuted in Chittagong
A woman was electrocuted and another injured when they came in contact with a live electric wire at Satkania upazila in the district yesterday.
 arrow Four arrested with heroin
Police arrested four people along with eight small packets of heroin from Mendibagh area of the town on Saturday.
 arrow Police attack protested
Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh (Crab) yesterday strongly protested the police attack on the journalists while performing professional duty during the Dhaka siege programme in different places
 arrow Asiatic Society invites entries for gold medal awards
The Asiatic Society of Bangladesh invites entries for The National Professor Atwar Hossain Gold Medal 2006 to women researchers for scholarly work in humanities or social science with special reference
 arrow Dr Manjusree Chowdhury passes away
Eminent educationist and litterateur Prof Dr Manjusree Chowdhury passed away at Birdem Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 80.
 arrow Old Remians assoc executives
Professor Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed and Nasrul Hamid Bipu have been elected president and general secretary respectively of REMIANS, Old Remians Welfare Association (ORWA), an association of ex-students ofResidential
 arrow Recruitment test date changed
The recruitment test for various posts in Shishu-Matri Shathya Institute (CMSI), Matuail will now be held on June 17, instead of June 12, due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 11 chargesheeted JMB men still out of dragnet
Eleven chargesheeted accused in August 17 bomb blasts cases in Satkhira are evading arrest for over ten months after the incident.
 arrow Hungry elephants destroy houses, orchards in hills
Herds of hungry wild elephants are on the rampage. They destroyed at least 250 houses and several hundred acres of orchards in Barunachhari village in Barkal upazila in last ten days.
 arrow Police yet to record case
Kushtia police are yet to record a complaint by The Observer editor and former BFUJ president Iqbal Sobhan Choudhury on June 7against some ruling party leaders and activists including two local lawmakers
 arrow A river disappears from map
The 'Old Jamuneswari' river popularly known as Bamondanga flowed along Nilphamari town for several hundred years but there is no trace of the river in the town's map prepared by land department.
 arrow Greens on barren sandy lands
Penniless erosion victim Aminul Islam is now a solvent farmer. He has turned a patch of barren sandy soil of Teesta basin into green field.
 arrow Villages left in dark to feed Uttara EPZ
To ensure power supply to the Uttara EPZ, villages in the district are mostly left in the dark as there is no special arrangement for the lone industrial hub.
 arrow Snapshots of Dhaka Siege

 arrow UP chairmen boycott relief committee meeting in Satkhira
Nine out of 12 Union Parishad (UP) chairmen belonging to BNP and Awami League yesterday boycotted the Shyamnagar Upazila Relief and Disaster Management Committee meeting protesting allocation of Tk 25
 arrow Indigenous man hacked to death in Rangamati
An indigenous man was hacked to death by unknown assailants at his house in Necherpara in Kawkhali upazila Saturday night.
Point-Counterpointarrow Funds for polls financing
The World Bank country director Christine I Wallich in a workshop held in August, raised the most substantive issue of close relationship between the political corruption and polls financing.
 arrow Evaluating the role of nurses
Navigating a country's health care system is something all of us must do at some point in our lives, either for ourselves, or for members of our family.
 arrow RMG turmoil: Thoughts on solutions
A brief write up by Mr. Durjoy Rahman Joy on RMG issue was published in the Daily Star on May 4, 2006. His ideas reflected the points of view of those having involvement in this sector.
 arrow Strengthening the Stock Market
The stock market is actually the reflection of the economy. It is an integrated indicator of the performance of the capital market.
Culturearrow "Acting is like mathematics"-- Bipasha Hayat
WHEN I was a child I had a cassette player on which I would listen to Shesher kobita by Rabindranath Tagore every single night before going to sleep. I thought I understood the theme.
 arrow Tasteful terracotta
How best can we brighten our dismal niches for festive occasions if not filling them up with terracotta pottery of beige and brownish hues or painted over? One gets an entire range of items from pottery,
 arrow Showcasing brilliance in photo-journalism
The first Asia Press Photo Contest was held in Beijing, China, says a press release. The Asia News Network (ANN) and China Daily launched the photography contest.
 arrow Nagorik Natyasampradaya's upcoming production
Activists of Nagorik Natyasampra-daya are busy with their upcoming production: Shakespeare's classic Troilus and Cressida.
 arrow "My favourite player is Ronaldinho as I find his positive attitude appealing."-- Tania Ahmed
Once Bangladesh's top model and now one of the most successful television actresses, Tania Ahmed is a diehard fan of Brazil. She will be watching as many matches as her schedule will allow.
Internationalarrow Lanka peace hopes falter after talks collapse
Hopes for peace in Sri Lanka have all but vanished after peace broker Norway's failure to bring the opposing parties to the table, diplomats say.
 arrow Iran sees problems in atomic offer
Iran yesterday gave its most negative assessment of proposals offered by six world powers aimed at persuading Tehran to give up sensitive nuclear work that the West fears is being used to make bombs.
 arrow 3 militants killed by Israeli forces
Two Hamas militants trying to fire rockets into Israel were killed in air strikes yesterday, as the ruling Islamists fought Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's referendum on coexistence with Israel.
 arrow Afghan violence kills 500 in last 3 weeks
The worst three weeks of violence since the fall of the Taliban have left more than 500 people dead, the US-led coalition said Saturday.
 arrow Africa lagging behind Asia, Europe in food production
Farming experts warned this week that Africa was lagging behind Asia and Europe in food production because of soil degradation, saying a way out was for the continent to adopt Asian strategies.
 arrow Zarqawi death prompts major attack warning
al-Qaeda in Iraq vowed yesterday to carry out "major attacks" after the death of leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, insisting in a Web statement that it was still powerful.
 arrow UK troops, Shias clash in city set for handover
At least five Iraqis were killed and a British soldier wounded Sunday when a firefight broke out between Shia militiamen and British troops in the southern city of Al-Amara, police said.
 arrow Lawyer blames US for Guantanamo suicides
A lawyer for Saudi nationals imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay said yesterday he held US authorities responsible for the deaths of two Saudi prisoners who hanged themselves at the US naval base.
 arrow India, US to work out details of N-energy trade this week
Diplomats from India and the United States will hold talks this week to outline the practical steps needed under a deal to increase cooperation in civilian nuclear energy, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Myanmar junta denies talks with Suu Kyi
Myanmar's military rulers did not hold talks with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi before her house arrest was extended for a year, a senior Information Ministry official said yesterday.
 arrow E Timor asks UN to lead inquiry into violence
The East Timorese government has asked the United Nations to form an "independent special inquiry commission" into violence that left 21 dead, Foreign Minister Jose Ramos-Horta said yesterday.
 arrow Royalty gathers to honour Thai king's jubilee
Royalty and heads of state from 25 countries started to converge on Bangkok on Sunday to honor the Diamond Jubilee of Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest-reigning monarch.
 arrow India test-fires nuke-capable missile
India yesterday successfully tested a nuclear-capable missile fired from a mobile launcher in the eastern coastal state of Orissa, a defence ministry official said.
 arrow Spain readies first group of S Asians for deportation
Spanish authorities on Saturday began preparing to deport a group of more than 200 Pakistani and Indian migrants found adrift off the southern coast this week, transferring a third of them to Madrid to
 arrow Gunmen kill 4 Afghans
Gunmen robbed and shot dead four Afghan men working for an Indian road construction company in southern Afghanistan, a provincial government spokesman said yesterday.
 arrow Bad weather delays annual pilgrimage in Kashmir
An annual pilgrimage by thousands of Hindus to a cave shrine in revolt-hit Kashmir was suspended shortly after it began yesterday because of bad weather, the Press Trust of India agency reported.
 arrow US recovers bodies of copter crew
An American high-altitude recovery team has retrieved the bodies of seven people from a Red Cross-chartered helicopter that crashed high in the Afghan mountains in January, US officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Violence could have been avoided
From reports gathered on yesterday's eruptive series of incidents in the city and around, it appears crystal clear that most of the violence witnessed on the day was pre-eminently avoidable.
 arrow Editorial: Problems linger in garments sector
DISCONTENT simmers in the RMG industry even after signing of the tripartite agreement and the owners' express willingness to implement provisions of the labour law.
 arrow World Cup fever
IT is that time of the year again. That time of every-four-years to be precise.
 arrow Palestinian fortune at its nadir
WHILE the President and Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority (PA) have been squabbling over their authorities the newly elected Prime Minister of Israel, Mr Ehud Olmert stole limelight in his first
 arrow How SAARC has fared since the summit?
IT is nearly seven months that the last summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) took place in Dhaka. The next summit is scheduled in India early next year.
 arrow Revisiting the significance of the historic Six-Point Movement
AS a regular reader of ( also as an occasional contributor to) The Daily Star, I was literally elated to read an excellent article titled "7 June 1966: Revisiting the Six Points" by Syed Badrul Ahsan(DS,
Letters to Editorarrow Let's not cripple our economy
It is with sheer sadness that we are witnessing some of the darkest days of labour unrest and economic destruction.
 arrow "Ontorjatra"
The title seems to be oxymoronic. Actually, this Ontorjatra does not denote demise, but it is Tareque Masud and Catherine Masud's latest feature film "ONTORJATRA".
 arrow Shakespeare and love
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) has a strong claim to be regarded as the greatest dramatist of all time.
 arrow Creating awareness
A few days back a photograph of a human chain published in different national dailies surprised me .
 arrow Tata's proposed steal plant
From news and articles it is learnt that Tata Group of India in its investment plan has proposed to set up a steel mill of 24-lakh tons capacity in Bangladesh.
 arrow Gas pipeline
This has reference to the letter titled "Myanmar-India gas pipeline" on May 31, 2006, by Dr. Abdur Rouf.
 arrow Political paralysis
Bangladesh is severely gripped by the political paralysis that has been bringing all sorts of ills to destroy its very foundation of democratic values on which it got liberated through an armed struggle
 arrow Fuel crisis
In my primary school life in early '70s, I did observe that my father used to light up his cigarettes with a petrol-run lighter. However, in the '80s I found the CNG-run / gas lighter flooded the market.
 arrow Journalists
Journalism is vital in this age of information. If it wasn't for journalism and journalistic abilities our trade, travel and the interdependence of nations would be greatly affected.
 arrow International community
Every day we repeatedly hear in the audio-visual media the term "International Community"; and more often than not, they want this and that to be done by other countries.
 arrow A dream shattered
She was only 15 or 16 years old. She obviously had a lot of dreams, a lot of real nice dreams.
 arrow World Cup
Football is now a fine art! And look at the enthusiastic fans! They are ready to enjoy every bit of it. And why not? It is really going to be a great fight among the very best in the world.
 arrow Our leaders
In 1908, American President Cleveland retired from politics, saying, "I have tried so hard to do right." Our leaders do not have any interest in such subjects.
Star Cityarrow Associations provide fake licences to avoid seizure
The rickshaw owners' associations, identified as wings of the main political parties are now providing licences for rickshaws in Dhaka and collect a huge amount of money in the process.
 arrow Sick, poor patients not considered
Government's decision to increase charges for health services at public hospitals has sparked an outcry among people, especially the low-income group.
 arrow Shankhari Bazar: A tourist spot soon
The Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) is in the process of turning Shankhari Bazar into a tourist spot taking its historical value, unique urban fabric, intricate artistry and craftsmanship of the
 arrow Govt should demand Suu Kyi's release
Speakers at a discussion in the city on Saturday urged the government to express solidarity with the democratic movement in Myanmar and issue an official statement demanding release of its leader Aung
 arrow Athletes need more facilities, care to shine
Inadequate training and practice facilities, financial limitations and lack of commitment are hindering the performance of Bangladeshi athletes at international events.
 arrow To walk or to park ?

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