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Front Pagearrow Special drive in 6 dists for arms, criminals
Police on Thursday night launched a special drive to track down outlaws and other criminals and recover illegal arms in six districts in three divisions.
 arrow BNP men told to avert arrest
The BNP high command has asked the party leaders and workers to take cover to avert arrest in the countrywide anti-crime drive by the army and law enforcers.
 arrow Jalil, Mannan react sharply to remarks by Prof Yunus
Rivals, BNP and Awami League (AL), both launched broadsides yesterday in unison against Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus for his comment that Bangladesh's politicians are in politics only formoney.
 arrow Drive soon to halt use of formalin in fish, fruits
A specially equipped mobile court will soon start operations to stem the alarming rise in the use of the hazardous chemical formalin, used by unscrupulous traders to preserve fish and fruits sold at markets
 arrow Probe remains stalled for lack of evidence
The probe into the smuggling of 75.5kg heroin to the UK has come to a halt as the investigators have not yet been able to collect relevant evidence from that country.
 arrow Guest birds chirp, flutter wings at Kaptai Lake
Migratory birds of various species have been flocking together by the Kaptai Lake this mid-winter, much to the delight of the tourists and locals.
 arrow Two die in police custody
A Jubo League leader and a drug peddler died in police custody in Noakhali and Kishoreganj early yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow CG needs at least 6 months to do its job: Ershad
Jatiya Party (JP) chief HM Ershad said the new caretaker government should be given at least six month's time to prepare the voter ID cards and take other measures for holding a free, fair and acceptable
 arrow Advisers pay homage to martyrs
Advisers to the nonparty caretaker government yesterday placed wreaths at National Memorial at Savar, paying homage to the martyrs of the country's Liberation War.
 arrow BNP celebrates Zia's birth anniversary
BNP yesterday celebrated the 71st birth anniversary of its founder late president Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow Activities at Sona Masjid land port resume today
Activities at Sona Masjid land port, second largest land port of the country, resume today after a 24-day strike.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
Bangladesh born US IT consultant Faiz Khan in a rejoinder, on The Daily Star's news headlined, "Faiz Khan not made adviser" published on Thursday, brushed aside allegations against him in connection with
 arrow Police gun down villager, beat protesters in Kushtia
Police allegedly beat up and shot dead a villager at Krittinagar village under Islami University Police Station early Friday. The victim was identified as Abu Daud Hossain, 35.
 arrow 200 shanties gutted in Mirpur
Around 200 houses were gutted and 10 people injured, including an elderly woman who was seriously burnt, in a fire at Shialbari slum on Hazi Road of Mirpur in the capital yesterday.
 arrow JMB man held in Rangpur
A team of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-5, Rangpur, arrested an activist of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Lalbagh area of Rangpur town yesterday.
 arrow Remove partisan people from edn sector
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday urged the chief adviser of the caretaker government to immediately remove partisan people from the education sector.
 arrow Student asked to leave Monnujan Hall 'for feud with JCD'
Rajshahi University (RU) authorities asked a resident student of Monnujan Hall to leave the dormitory after Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders filed a petition to the authorities claiming she hadbehavioural
 arrow India, Pakistan to sign pact on risk reduction
In a major confidence-building step, India has agreed to sign an agreement with Pakistan to reduce the risk of accidents relating to nuclear weapons.
 arrow Lanka takes key rebel stronghold
Sri Lankan troops captured the main rebel stronghold in the island's east yesterday after weeks of heavy clashes, which killed at least 376 combatants, the defence ministry said.
 arrow Devastating storm across Europe claims 45 lives
Countries across Europe counted the cost yesterday of a devastating storm that killed at least 45 people, brought transport systems to a standstill and disrupted crucial energy supplies.
 arrow Bush must take Cong nod before attacking Iran
US lawmakers on Thursday demanded President George W Bush win approval from Congress before using military force against Iran, even as officials again denied that any attacks are in the cards.
 arrow Musharraf seeks another 5-year term
Ending months of speculation, the Pakistan government has said that President Pervez Musharraf would seek re-election for another five-year term from the present National and Provincial assemblies before
Businessarrow Tea production misses target by 8 million kg
The country's tea production missed the target by 8 million kg last year due to unfavourable weather during the peak season.
 arrow Lamy asks India to give farm concession
Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO) Pascal Lamy yesterday asked India to give concessions on the sensitive issue of agriculture for successful conclusion of Doha Round of stalled multilateral
 arrow DSE turnover up 161pc
Amid a continued rally of share prices, the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) witnessed a bullish trend last week with turnover rising by 161 percent. The total turnover on the DSE was Tk 438.
 arrow India may hike foreign investment cap in insurance sector
India may hike the foreign investment cap in insurance sector to 49 percent from the existing 26 percent.
 arrow 48 companies got Bepza approval in 2006
The Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) approved 48 companies to invest 375.19 million US dollars with projected employment for 45,118 Bangladeshis in the EPZs of the country in 2006.
 arrow Oil prices remain below $51
Oil prices remained slumped below 51 dollars in Asian trade Friday, at levels not seen since May 2005, as the market focussed on a larger-than-expected rise in US crude stockpiles, dealers said.
 arrow Apec officials begin mulling India membership
Apec nations have begun considering the sensitive question of whether to expand the 21-member grouping and welcome regional economic heavyweight India, senior officials said Friday.
 arrow Int'l textile machinery show begins
The 6th international garment and textile machinery trade show kicked off yesterday in the capital with participants showcasing latest equipment.
 arrow Citigroup reports record 2006 revenue
Citigroup Inc, the owning company of Citibank NA and a leading financial services company in the world, yesterday reported record quarterly revenues of $23.
 arrow Rajshahi chamber gets new chief
Hasen Ali has been elected unopposed the president of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the term 2007-09.
 arrow China's leaders start key financial reform meeting
China's cabinet kicked off a closed-door economic conference Friday that is expected to map out key reforms to improve the management of its increasingly complex financial sector.
 arrow Bharti Airtel to enter Lankan cellphone market
India's largest private cellphone operator Bharti Airtel has announced its entry into Sri Lanka in the company's first international operation.
 arrow Brazil, Argentina to stop using dollar in bilateral trade
In an unprecedented step, Brazil and Argentina have decided to use their own currencies instead of US dollars in bilateral trade from mid-2007, the Brazilian government announced Thursday.
 arrow British retail sales hit 3-year high in Dec
British retail sales jumped by 1.1 percent in December from the November figure as shoppers thronged stores before Christmas, official data showed on Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
January 14-January 18, 2007
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Demand for US dollar was stable in throughout the week and USD remained almost unchanged against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Butt turns up heat
The fourth round of the Kai-Altech Premier Divi-sion Cricket League began yesterday with plenty of shake-ups as defending champions Old DOHS and City Club fell at the hands of minnows.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib sends SA tumbling
Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar made a sensational return to Test cricket as South Africa were bowled out for 124 on the first day of the second Test at St George's Park Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Hussey fends off England
Australia secured a four-wicket win over valiant England in their one-day cricket international at the Gabba here Friday, almost certainly sealing a place in the finals of the tri-nations series.
 arrow Cricket: India's new start
Under-performing India hope to turn over a new leaf when they launch their World Cup preparations with a four-match series against the West Indies here from Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Storm damages Lord's
Strong winds have caused damage to the Lord's ground forcing evacuation of the non-essential staff from the building.
 arrow Cricket: Twenty20 WC dates clash
The late scheduling of the inaugural Twenty-20 World Championship was to be blamed for the overlapping of tour dates of Pakistan, India and Australia, and the officials of the three boards will meet in
 arrow Cricket: Oram playing next game
New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram has recovered from a hamstring injury to face England in Adelaide on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sammy out of tour
All-rounder Darren Sammy has been ruled out of the West Indies' tour of India with a hamstring injury.
 arrow Cricket: Benaud to hear Gibbs plea
Richie Benaud will hear Herschelle Gibbs's appeal against a two Test match-ban imposed upon the South Africa batsman for "racially offensive" comments during the first Test against Pakistan, the International
 arrow Cricket: 'I don't walk'
Australia's Mike Hussey wore a sheepish smile after seeing his side to a one-day win over England in Brisbane.
 arrow Cricket: Lara eyes domination
If familiarity breeds contempt, Brian Lara and Rahul Dravid might as well vent their anger in a boxing ring. Over the last nine months West Indies and India have run into each other at various corners.
 arrow Cricket: Freddie hails bowlers
England captain Andrew Flintoff said his side were 40 runs short of pushing Australia even harder in their one-day international in Brisbane.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick dumps Safin
Marat Safin was bounced out of the Australian Open in the third round by Andy Roddick in a bad-tempered dogfight Friday as Serena Williams announced she is back with a vengeance.
 arrow Tennis: Marat spitting fire
A ranting Marat Safin had repeated run-ins with the umpire in his third round Australian Open loss to Andy Roddick Friday as the big Russian ended his Melbourne challenge on a sour note.
 arrow Football: Sheva seeks redemption
If ever there was a moment for Andriy Shevchenko to prove he was worth the 30 million pounds Chelsea paid for him, then it comes at Anfield on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Viola hold no fears
Fiorentina believe they can find Inter Milan's Achilles heel and bring an end to the Serie A leaders' record-breaking run of 12 consecutive wins.
 arrow Cricket: Zim start preparing
Zimbabwe will play three warm-up one-dayers against a National Club League select side as preparations continue for the series against South Africa A and Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: Mutiny at Real
Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon had an acutely uncomfortable meeting with his players here Thursday in talks designed to clear the air after his controversial remarks about some of their number earlier
 arrow Football: Del Piero goes for 500
Alessandro Del Piero will make his 500th appearance for Juventus when the Serie B leaders host Bari this weekend.
 arrow Football: Saviola's hattrick rewarded
Argentina forward Javier Saviola is to be rewarded for his midweek hattrick by being offered a new Barcelona contract, Sport newspaper said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Real looking for boost
Real Madrid will try to put a week of turmoil and strife behind them with a win at Real Mallorca on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Fergie urges on Rooney
Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged Wayne Rooney to break his seven-game goal-drought against Arsenal on Sunday and embark on the scoring streak that could deliver Manchester United the Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Mourinho sets Chelsea terms
Jose Mourinho has laid down his conditions for staying at Chelsea, saying he will be happy to stay at the Premiership champions if he is offered "real support and complete respect" from the club's board.
 arrow Football: Lyon against tiny Laon
The millionaires of Lyon embark on a potential banana skin of a French Cup tie when they take on fifth division amateurs Laon on Saturday.
 arrow Football: LuaLua arrested
Portsmouth star Lomana LuaLua has been arrested on suspicion of assault following an alleged incident in which police were called to his home in the early hours of Friday, Britain's domestic news agency,
 arrow Football: Villa closer to Young deal
Aston Villa had their bid for Watford striker Ashley Young -- reported to start at eight million pounds -- accepted by their English Premiership rivals on Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow AL for parliamentary election by April 11
Awami League presidium member and former minister Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim yesterday said the stalled parliamentary election should be held within next 90 days.
 arrow Move to remove illegal bus stands from Ctg city centre
The traffic department of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) has initiated a move to remove all the illegal bus stands from the city centre.
 arrow 'Prepare voter ID cards using low-cost tech'
Time is not a question in preparing voter's identity (ID) card, said Justice Mohammad Abdur Rouf at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Cancel 27th BCS exams
Chhatra Sangram Parishad (CSP), an alliance of 14-party backed student organisations, yesterday demanded cancellation of 27th Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations, as the BNP-Jamaat governmentallegedly
 arrow Robber killed in gunfight with police
A robber was killed in a gunfight with police during a robbery at Hajipur village in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
 arrow 27 sacks of fertiliser seized, 2 arrested in Sherpur
Twenty-seven sacks of urea fertiliser were seized from a house at Sribordi upazila in the district on Friday. A team of joint forces led by a magistrate raided the house and recovered the fertiliser.
 arrow And the life goes on

 arrow Arms factory unearthed, 6 arrested in Moheshkhali
An arms factory was unearthed and some arms and arms-making equipment were seized at Moheshkhali Island yesterday.
 arrow 10 injured in clash between Ansars, locals at Benapole
At least 10 people, including two Ansars, were injured in a clash between locals and security workers at Benapole port yesterday.
 arrow One get life in rape case
A tribunal here Thursday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for abducting and violating a housewife. The tribunal also fined the convict, Dulal, Tk 50,000.
 arrow Shaheed Asad Day today
Today is Shaheed Asad Day. On this day in 1969, Asad sacrificed his life in front of Dhaka Medical College Hospital protesting repression of Pakistan military on the people of the then East Pakistan.
 arrow Two Indians arrested
Two Indian nationals were arrested along with 11 kg of ganja (hemp) from Baromari border in Nalitabari upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow 6th anniversary of Paltan bomb blast today
Today is the sixth anniversary of Paltan bomb blast tragedy that killed five people and injured 25 others.
 arrow BBC Sanglap today
BBC World Service's Bangladesh Sanglap will be held today, says a press release. Four panel members will answer questions raised by members of the audience.
Nationalarrow Power, fertiliser crises hit IRRI-Boro in 16 N dists
Power and fertiliser crisises at the onset of IRRI-Boro season have worried farmers in 16 northern districts.
 arrow Power generation dips to 40 MW, waterway links disrupted
Power generation in Kaptai Hydroelectric Power Project (KHPP), the country's lone hydroelectric plant has come down to 40 Megawatts (MW) from usual 230mw as water level of Kaptai Lake has fallen abnormally,
 arrow Arrest black money holders, urges LDPleader
LDP presidium member MA Karim Abbasi Thursday night urged the caretaker government to arrest the black money holders who looted crores of taka in name of different projects.
 arrow 3 held in Rangpur for hoarding diesel
An army team on Thursday arrested three persons from different areas of Baderganj for hoarding diesel and recovered 24075 liters of fuel from their depots.
 arrow 2 cops suspended for drug smuggling
Two members of the Detective Branch (DB) of police including a sub-inspector (SI) were suspended here yesterday for their alleged involvement in drug smuggling.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire in Thakurgaon again
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Border Security Force (BSF) of Indian again exchanged bullets on Paria border in Baliadangi upazila in Thakurgaon district yesterday morning, according to BDR sources.
 arrow JCD leader held for pilfering oil from gas pipeline
Rajnagar police on Thursday arrested a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader on charge of pilfering oil from North-South Ashuganj-Kailastila Gas Pipeline of the Gas Transmission Company Limited (GTCL),
Point-Counterpointarrow Separation of powers: Concept and reality
The concept of separation of powers has played a major role in the formation of constitutions.
 arrow Have the people lost confidence in politics and constitution?
President Iajuddin Ahmed resigned from the post of the Chief of (non-party) caretaker government on the night of January 11 last in consideration of mounting demand from the political parties under grand
 arrow Animal biotechnology: Improving livestock productivity
Bangladesh is a very densely populated country with very limited resources for about 140 million people.
Culturearrow A powerful character artiste
Fazlur Rahman Babu has achieved a unique position in the hearts of small screen viewers by enacting credible performances in versatile characters.
 arrow Best foot forward
Salma Begum Munni's forte is Bharatnatyam. In her words, "I really enjoy the facial expressions of this genre.
 arrow 'Amar Ami': Lively talk show on Banglavision
Talk show Amar Ami will be aired tonight at 9:20 on Banglavision.
Internationalarrow Nepali Maoists to join govt in Feb: PM
Nepal's former Maoist rebels will join an interim government in February, the Himalayan nation's prime minister said, capping a fast-moving peace process that is ending a decade-old civil war.
 arrow Israel transfers $100 million to Abbas
Israel transferred $100 million in withheld Palestinian tax revenue to President Mahmoud Abbas yesterday, part of a US-led push to bolster the moderate leader in his power struggle with Hamas, Israeli
 arrow Thousands flee Lanka rebel-held territory
More than 10,000 Sri Lankan refugees are fleeing Tamil-Tiger held territory in the island's east, aid workers said on Friday, which analysts said meant a military showdown for control of the area wasimminent.
 arrow Indo-Pak trust deficits down, says Aziz
'Trust deficit' between India and Pakistan has come down in the past three years but more progress will hinge on negotiations on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, says Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
 arrow Asian nations express concern over China's anti-sat missile test
China's anti-satellite weapons test raised concerns in Asia and the US yesterday about the rising militarisation of space and prompted governments to demand explanations from Beijing.
 arrow Vaccine strategy saves 7m children from measles death
A goal to halve deaths from measles by 2005 compared with their 1999 levels has been exceeded, thanks to a massive effort to immunise children in poor countries, according to a study published yesterday
 arrow Brown throws weight behind Shilpa
Visiting one of Bollywood's top studios, Britain's Finance Minister Gordon Brown threw his weight behind actress Shilpa Shetty who has been at the centre of a storm over accusations she was racially taunted
 arrow Anti-Ulfa sweep to cover more states
A major counter-insurgency offensive in Assam is to be extended to neighbouring states to crack down on separatists blamed for the killing of scores of Hindi-speaking people.
 arrow World falling behind on 2015 education goal
Access to education increased dramatically over the past century but 323 million children worldwide are still not in school and efforts to achieve universal primary education by 2015 are likely to fail,
 arrow Deal reached in US nuke talks: N Korea
North Korea said it reached an unspecified agreement with the US this week on its nuclear weapons programme, but America's top nuclear envoy said Friday he was unaware of any such deal.
 arrow Myanmar villagers flee conflict raging far from world's eyes
Even as fighting raged all around them, Pi Lu never thought she would have to uproot her eight children and flee their small village in eastern Myanmar.
 arrow Computer virus uses European storms to spread globally
A computer virus made use of devastating storms sweeping across Europe to infect email systems and spread rapidly throughout the world, a Finnish IT security company said Friday.
 arrow Warming could cut China crop yields by over a third
Rising temperatures in China could slash grain production in the world's most populous country by over a third in the second half of this century, imperilling food security, the official Xinhua agency
 arrow Bush renews freeze on Laden assets
US President George W. Bush on Thursday renewed for one year an asset freeze on terrorist chief Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network as well as groups like Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Gulshan Lake grabbers
This is for the umpteenth time perhaps that we have seen Rajuk bulldozers demolishing some boundary walls or parts of a house of some residents built illegally on public property.
 arrow Editorial: En masse recruitment at RU
As many as 200 fourth class staff have allegedly been recruited by the Rajshahi University within a span of last three days.
 arrow Turning a new leaf
The state of governance has passed through a period of turmoil over the last few days.
 arrow Fundamental rights restored
In the very first year or so of the Indian constitution, some state High Courts went to the extent of holding that the guarantee of freedom of speech and expression protected not only liberty to speak
 arrow Reviewing the retreat and retrieval
At long last the loud, deafening cry intermixed often with the usual stale, repetitive rhetorics of the so-called defenders of the constitution, has died down.
StarTecharrow The future of television
Human civilization stepped in to a new dimension when the television (TV) came into reality.
 arrow Apple segues to TV
Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs unveiled a set-top box on January 9 that allows people to stream video from their computers to their televisions.
 arrow Post free ads online!
The numbers of internet users are growing everyday in Bangladesh. Keeping this growth in mind, bracNet (www.bracnet.
 arrow TouchSmart

Literaturearrow Torn Wire
Since I took to walking, I now come across quite a few people around town. I bump into people I haven't stayed in touch with or seen in twenty or thirty years.
 arrow Ah, Nanabari !
Every year, twice a year, during winter and summer vacations, my family would travel to Feni, Noakhali, where we would spend our holidays in our Nana Bari, the home of my Nana, or maternal grandfather.
 arrow The Oppression of Lips
in your lips a soft saltiness oh, how your lips talk to me! your lips' tobacco smell scorches my insides the tenderness, the numberless kisses i won't leave means i'm rebel girl just like
 arrow Flying East
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