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Front Pagearrow EC reconstitution likely in a couple of days
The caretaker government is likely to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC) within a couple of days, fulfilling one of its main priorities towards creating conditions for holding free and fair polls.
 arrow More frauds unearthed
The central bank has found more irregularities in Oriental Bank's operations including forgery of cheques and foreign drafts and smuggling of foreign currencies by some shareholders in collusion witha
 arrow Pariahs in police
Policemen coming from Gopalganj, the birthplace of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and belonging to a certain religion had become pariahs in the police administration in the last five years of theBNP-led
 arrow Govt to produce octane in 2009
Bangladesh is all set to produce octane from naptha, a byproduct of imported crude oil, in 2009, according to a competent energy ministry source.
 arrow FDI dips 43pc in July-December
The country received foreign direct investment (FDI) worth $400 million in the first six months of the current fiscal year while the target for the FY is $1 billion.
 arrow Bush has done 'tremendous damage'
US President George W Bush is a terrible leader who has done tremendous damage worldwide, Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize laureate Muhammad Yunus said in an interview published yesterday.
 arrow Intelligence officials helped Ulfa in Aug 21 grenade attack
A commander of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa) confessed his group was behind the August 21, 2004 grenade attack in Dhaka, aimed at Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina, in which 20 people were
 arrow Top ex-army men for purge of political parties
Several former top army officials yesterday stressed the need for a thorough purge of political parties with emphasis on stopping their criminal activities and corruption, and depoliticisation of thepublic
 arrow BNP wants poll timeframe
BNP leaders yesterday unequivocally said the caretaker government must clearly declare a time frame for holding the ninth parliamentary election.
 arrow Pledge to free world of injustice
The seventh World Social Forum (WSF) meeting began yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya, with the objective to make the world free from injustice and all kinds of repression.
 arrow ACC files 4 more cases against 16 including ex-MD
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed four more graft cases against 16 people, including former managing director of Oriental Bank Ltd CM Koyes Shami, in connection with embezzlement of around
 arrow Salman Rahman barred from flying abroad
Immigration authorities yesterday barred Awami League (AL) Advisory Council Member Salman F Rahman from flying abroad.
 arrow Castro battling for his life
Ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro is fighting for his life, his friend and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said.
 arrow Mamun's wife, brother-in-law detained
The army-led joint forces yesterday hauled in for questioning the wife and a brother-in-law of Giasuddin Al Mamun, a business partner of BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman.
 arrow JCD man dies 14 hours after release from army custody
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal Nakla upazila unit, detained by army on Thursday night, died at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital after 14 hours of his release.
 arrow AL demands fresh list of criminals for arrest drive
Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday urged the members of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies to prepare a fresh list of criminals by collecting information from
 arrow BSF kills 1, abducts 6
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth in Chapainawabganj and abducted six farmers in Kushtia yesterday.
 arrow 11-yr-old self-proclaimed pir arrested
Shahbagh police yesterday arrested the 11-year-old self-proclaimed pir (spiritual leader) Khorshed who ordered his disciples to attack a Reuters photographer on Friday.
 arrow Ashura on Jan 30
The holy Ashura will be observed on January 30 as the moon of the Arabic month Moharram was sighted yesterday.
 arrow 20 injured as locals clash with cops
Police faced resistance by illegal occupiers while they were trying to demolish illegal structures in the city's Uttara area yesterday.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
The Ministry of Education in a rejoinder to a report titled "Move on to recruit 782 in education project on political ground" published in The Daily Star on January 9 said "the report appears to be misguiding,
 arrow Couple killed in wall collapse
A factory wall collapsed in Tongi industrial area yesterday and left the parents dead and their three children injured. The dead were identified as Mohammad Siddiq, 45, and his wife Zohora, 40.
 arrow Nagorik body for creating proper poll atmosphere
Nagorik Committee 2006 has once again called for creating an atmosphere conducive to a free, fair and acceptable election at an early date.
 arrow Correction
Former minister Major General (retd) M Majid-ul-Haq has sent a rejoinder to a report published in The Daily Star on January 17 under the headline "BNP beefs us standing body" that said he had been released
 arrow Swerving...

 arrow US congress set to be counterweight to Bush
The new Democratic-controlled US Congress is trying to reassert itself as a counterweight to President George W Bush as it looks for ways to chip away at the president's prerogative to conduct foreign
 arrow Hillary takes first step in presidential race
Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton yesterday took the first step toward a 2008 White House bid that could make her the first woman president of the United States, she announced on her website.
Businessarrow KL starts recruiting Bangladeshi farmers this week
Malaysia is going to start importing Bangladeshi farm workers from this week, according to a Kuala Lumpur-based non-governmental organisation working for safeguarding the interests of expatriate Bangladeshis.
 arrow India voices concern over rising prices
Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has voiced concern over rising prices after the inflation reached a two-year high of 6.12 percent in the first week of this year.
 arrow S America urges prompt revival of Doha talks
South American governments Friday urged the prompt resumption of the Doha Round of trade talks and called on rich nations to take the lead in making concessions to unblock the negotiations.
 arrow Bullish stock market: What to do next
On Thursday last Bangladesh bourses saw a huge surge in daily turnover after more than a ten-year break.
 arrow Top fashion brands fail quality tests in China
Clothes from leading international fashion have been declared substandard in China with some containing large levels of a chemical that can cause respiratory and eye irritations, authorities here said.
 arrow US petroleum demand dipped in 2006
While oil companies reaped gargantuan profits in 2006 amid high prices, U.S. demand for petroleum dipped last year to below 2004 levels, a trade group said Friday. Total U.S.
 arrow China announces 'crucial' economic reforms
China announced a number of key economic reforms on Saturday after closing a high-level conference on improving the management of its increasingly complex financial sector.
 arrow India's IT outsourcing market share soars over 14 times
Globally IT firms witnessed an overall drop in new outsourcing contracts in 2006, but Indian companies -- such as Infosys, TCS and Wipro -- bucked the trend with a sharp jump of over 14 times in their
 arrow Tata Motors to enter Pakmarket
Tata Motors, India's largest automobile firm, has announced its entry in Pakistan through its subsidiary Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicle Co with the commissioning of a new truck and bus assembly unit in
 arrow Dollar holds steady against euro, yen
The US dollar held steady against the euro and the Japanese yen Friday with traders saying the American currency gained some support from an upbeat survey on consumer confidence.
 arrow US, Japanese bosses call for ambitious trade pact
Powerful US and Japanese business leaders called Friday for a free-trade agreement to link the world's two largest economies.
 arrow Anti-capitalist forum opens in Nairobi
More than 80,000 people gathered for an annual anti-capitalist conference in Kenya's capital on Saturday, hoping to network with other activists and protest global policies they say hurt the poor.
 arrow Myanmar to decide on gas export to India by May
Myanmar will decide on exporting gas to India by May, after it gets the reserves in its offshore areas certified, said U.
 arrow Motorola announces 3,500 job cuts
Motorola Inc., the world's second-largest mobile phone maker, announced 3,500 job cuts Friday after reporting a sharp fall in earnings due to an industry price war.
 arrow Philippines sees huge jump by 2010
The Philippines expects a huge jump in its outsourcing business, with earnings forecast at 12.4 billion dollars by 2010 after 3.63 billion dollars in 2006, the Trade and Industry Department said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mohammedan recover
Mohammedan Sporting Club rode on explosive knocks from youngsters Junaid Siddiquee and Sakib Al Hasan to return to winning ways in the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League yesterday while a remarkable spell
 arrow Football: No Rangamati venue for B. League!
Farashganj Sporting Club finally decided to back out of their decision to have their home venue outside Dhaka in the inaugural Professional Football League.
 arrow Chess: GM Zia in 2nd place
Bangladesh Grandmaster Ziaur Rahman shared the second position with six others in the 5th Parsvnath International Open Chess Tournament in New Delhi after eight rounds on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: BKSP tennis
Sidhu and Sitaram of India, Max of Great Britain and Kim of South Korea past the qualifying rounds of the boys' singles in the 5th BKSP International Junior Tennis Championships at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin won't open
Specialist opener Sachin Tendulkar will bat in the middle order in the first one-dayer against the West Indies here on Sunday as India attempt to find a winning combination ahead of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy puts Pakistan on top
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq put his side in control on the second day of the second Test against South Africa at St George's Park on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Sick Canada forfeit match in Kenya
The third match of the one-day international cricket series between hosts Kenya and Canada was called off Saturday after five Canadian players were taken ill with dehydration and stomach ailments, officials
 arrow Cricket: Windies say all OK
Despite worries over hotels, stadiums and visas, it's beginning to look like the World Cup is coming to the Caribbean as the 50-day countdown to the opening ceremony begins.
 arrow Cricket: Gilly bats against complacency
Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist insists the Australian squad is not complacent despite being undefeated in the tri-nations one-day international series with England and New Zealand.
 arrow Football: Blues capsize at Anfield
Chelsea's hopes of emerging from their current crisis to win a third straight Premiership title suffered a major setback on Saturday as Jose Mourinho's side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Feyenoord thrown out
Dutch side Feyenoord were thrown out of the UEFA Cup on Friday following the violent scenes which marred their group stage match against French club Nancy in November, the sport's governing body in Europe
 arrow Tennis: Hewitt sinks as Nadal, Blake stay afloat
World number two Rafael Nadal and fifth seed James Blake closed in on an anticipated quarterfinal showdown with impressive victories as Lleyton Hewitt was dumped out of the Australian Open Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Top ladies waltz through
The top women at the Australian Open continued to make short work of their lesser-ranked opponents Saturday and promised to improve further as the tournament entered its second week.
 arrow Football: Kenyon cool on transfer talk
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has insisted the Premiership champions will not use their financial might to bring in new players during the January transfer window just to freshen-up their squad.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo inching towards Milan
Brazilian superstar Ronaldo is "very close" to signing for AC Milan, the Italian team's manager Silvano Ramaccioni said Friday.
 arrow Football: Toilet seat theft
Portsmouth defender Glen Johnson has been fined by police for trying to steal a toilet seat and bath taps from a store, according to media reports on Friday.
 arrow Football: Emirates braces for showdown
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney's love of the big stage can be Manchester United's trump card in Sunday's eagerly-anticipated clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
 arrow Football: New teammates 'resent' Becks wage
David Beckham's multi-million pound contract with the LA Galaxy has sparked resentment amongst his new team-mates according to midfielder Peter Vagenas.
 arrow Football: Babbel to hang up boots
Former Germany international Markus Babbel has said he will wind up his footballing career when his contract with Bundelsiga club Stuttgart comes to end this May.
 arrow Football: Polish bosses 'suspended'
Polish Sports Minister Tomasz Lipiec on Friday suspended the bosses of the country's football federation, accusing them of not doing enough to crack down on match fixing.
 arrow Football: Make or break for Gunners
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his side cannot afford to lose against leaders Manchester United this weekend if they are to maintain their slim hopes of winning this season's English Premiership
 arrow Football: Raul hits out at Calderon
Real Madrid skipper Raul on Friday described as "inopportune" recent critical comments of the squad by club chairman Ramon Calderon, saying they had created a "malaise".
 arrow Football: Cahill boost for Johnson
Tim Cahill has been backed to boost Andy Johnson's firepower and resurrect Everton's season after finally ending his three-month knee injury lay-off.
 arrow Football: Lyon close in on Baros
French champions Lyon could be close to signing Czech forward Milan Baros, according to their coach Gerard Houillier.
 arrow Football: Belletti set for Barca extension
Brazil international defender Juliano Belletti is set to sign a contract extension at Barcelona, the club's official website quoted him as saying Friday. "I will stay.
 arrow Football: Nantes through
World Cup winner Fabian Barthez conceded his first goal in Nantes's colours but still saw his side progress to the last 16 of the French Cup with a 3-1 win at second division Amiens on Friday.
 arrow Football: Coach opposes Rocha move
Benfica coach Fernando Santos said Friday he wants defender Ricardo Rocha, who has reportedly sparked interest from English Premiership club Tottenham, to stay put at the Lisbon-based club.
 arrow Football: British FM backs WC bid
Britain's finance minister Gordon Brown, tipped to succeed Tony Blair as prime minister this year, suggested Friday he wanted England to host and win the 2018 World Cup over his native Scotland.
 arrow Football: Real threatened with sanctions
The Spanish football authorities on Friday fined Real Madrid and threatened the club with a stadium ban after fans threw objects onto the pitch as the club crashed out Thursday to Real Betis in the Spanish
 arrow Football: USA, Ecuador book March friendly
Ecuador, a loser only once in nine matches against the United States, will play the Americans in an international football friendly on March 25 at Tampa, Florida, the US Soccer Federation said Friday.
Metropolitanarrow CG urged to prepare fresh list of criminals
Awami League Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the BNP-Jamaat four-party alliance was the mastermind behind the August 21 grenade attack on an AL rally that killed 24 leaders and activists
 arrow Five killed in road accidents
Five people were killed in separate road accidents in the city and different parts of the country yesterday and Friday night.
 arrow Juvenile justice system in chaotic situation
The juvenile justice system in the country remains in a chaotic situation as there are dozens of judgements convicting the youth offenders under the Children Act 1974, although there cannot be any punishment
 arrow Shaheed Asad Day observed
The nation observed Shaheed Asad Day yesterday commemorating the supreme sacrifice of Asaduzzaman Asad, a student leader, during the mass upsurge of 1969, which culminated in independence.
 arrow Evicted hawkers demand rehabilitation
Bangladesh Combined Footpath Hawkers' Council yesterday demanded rehabilitation of the hawkers evicted from footpaths across the country so that they can earn their livelihood through honest means.
 arrow People foil Rab attempt to arrest ward commissioner in Barisal
Local people foiled an attempt of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to arrest a BNP-backed ward commissioner in Barisal town yesterday.
 arrow RU women's hall named after Rahmatunnesa
The newly constructed fifth women's dormitory of Rajshahi University (RU) has been named Rahmatunnesa Hall. The name was finalised at a university syndicate meeting on January 10.
 arrow 2 schoolboys injured in blast in Chandpur
Two schoolboys were injured when an abandoned bomb went off on the bank of a pond near TB Clinic in Chandpur yesterday morning.
 arrow 50 arrested from 2 hotels
The army-led joint forcers arrested about 50 people, including 29 women, on charge of involvement in anti-social activities during a raid on two residential hotels at Elephant Road in the city last night.
 arrow 2 vessels collide slightly on Ctg port channel
Two vessels collided slightly on the Chittagong port channel at Guptakhal area yesterday. Port sources said the 'minor' accident occurred at around 11.
 arrow UN provides aid to cold-hit people
United Nations agencies have provided aid to Bangladesh to help the cold-stricken people of poorer sections as cold waves have been sweeping different parts of the country.
 arrow Six robbers arrested in Khulna
Police arrested six robbers from Labonchora area under Khulna Sadar Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow Cop dies under wheels of train
A police Nayek died under the wheels of an inter-city train in Tejgaon area in the city yesterday.
 arrow RU students stage demonstration
Students of different dormitories of Rajshahi University (RU) staged a demonstration on the campus on Friday night protesting increase in seat rent of their dormitories.
Nationalarrow Sylhet city dwellers still being supplied with 'harmful' water
Residents of several areas in Sylhet city are using 'harmful' water supplied from the age old water treatment plant at Topkhana. he plant was set up in 1918.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire five times in six days
After Friday's exchange of fire, Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) traded shots again yesterday on Thakurgaon border, BDR sources said.
 arrow Strengthen Union Parishads
Speaker at a roundtable yesterday called for steps to strength local government institutions for development of the country.
 arrow 2 accused in journalist Chanchal Singh murder case arrested
Police have arrested two absconding accused in journalist Chanchal Singh murder case from their village home at Anulia in Assassuni upazila, 13 months after the incident.
 arrow Corruption allegations against PBS officials
The consumers of Mymensingh Palli Biddut Samity-3 (PBS-3) yesterday brought allegations of corruption against the officials and employees of the Samity.
 arrow A good gesture by Star Readers' Club in Bogra
Members of The Daily Star Readers' Club, Bogra, have so far distributed blankets among distressed people in slum areas in the town.
Point-Counterpointarrow Putting a price to my support for 'democracy'
Perhaps it's now time to debate whether we should go about our lives with a joke of a democracy or an efficient military backed interim government.
 arrow Reforms first, reforms must
Arguably, never before had calls for reforms gathered such a momentum.
 arrow Terrorism: Third opinion
It has been an extra ordinary development right across the world echoing a huge clash between western culture and Islamic values during the past several years.
Culturearrow Homeward bound
TV and stage actress Mita Chowdhury is back once more in Dhaka from her home in the Channel Islands of Guernsey in Western Europe. This time she is here for a one-year sojourn.
 arrow 'Bibhajon': Significance of humanism in society
What is more important to individuals -- religion or humanism? Should relationships between human beings be divided by the doctrines of religions? These eternal questions have been raised repeatedlyin
 arrow Tajul Islam's latest feat
Tajul Islam, the well-known tapestry artist, recently held a successful exhibition of 18 entries at the JDPC pavilion in the city.
 arrow Telefilm 'Bonus' on ATN Bangla
Telefilm Bonus, a satire written by Brindabon Das and directed by Saidul Anam Tutul, will be aired on ATN Bangla today at 2:30pm.
Generalarrow Teenage boy found dead in Khagrachhari hotel
The body of an unidentified teenage boy was found in a residential hotel in the district town yesterday.
Internationalarrow Kashmiri rebels call for end to armed struggle
A separatist leader from India's portion of Kashmir called for giving up the armed struggle in the disputed Himalayan region to pave the way for a negotiated settlement, a news report said yesterday.
 arrow New signs of Indo-Pak atomic arms race
India and Pakistan may both be on the verge of expanding atomic fuel production work that could heighten a nuclear arms race between the historical foes, a prominent non-proliferation think tank said.
 arrow India to urge Myanmar to crack down on rebels
India will urge Myanmar to help crack down on separatist rebels from the troubled northeast it says are hiding in camps across the border when its foreign minister started visiting the country later on
 arrow Lanka troops hunt rebels as refugees flood camps
Sri Lanka's army pursued fleeing Tamil Tiger fighters yesterday after the rebels abandoned their eastern stronghold following weeks of fierce fighting and thousands of refugees arrived at crowded camps.
 arrow Abbas in Syria for crisis talks with Hamas
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was in Damascus yesterday for talks with Syrian leaders and Palestinian militants aimed at ending a deadly battle for power with the rival Hamas party.
 arrow 3 GIs killed in Iraq
The US military said yesterday that three American troops were killed, including a soldier whose patrol was struck by a roadside bomb in Baghdad.
 arrow Shilpa tormentor kicked off reality TV show
British television star Jade Goody, accused at home and abroad of being a racist bully for her treatment of Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, was evicted from the "Celebrity Big Brother" show on Friday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Action against criminals
No fewer than 12,000 people have been rounded up by the security forces in the past week.
 arrow Editorial: Formalin in edibles
For quite sometime we have been hearing about the use of a highly hazardous chemical like formalin by unscrupulous traders in fish and fruits to make them look fresh.
 arrow Satanic Verses and Bangladesh
One wonders whether the violent Iranian reaction to Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses was a precursor to 9/11 as a defense to the latent fear of the Islamists over the blanketing influence of Western culture
 arrow Nepal moves further in a positive direction
As a part of the peace deal between the government and radical leftists, Nepal has now seen another significant development when the once feared "Maoists" have begun handing over arms to the United Nations.
 arrow Dialogue of the deaf
Once again there is the talk of dialogue with two major political parties with a cluster of proposals by the caretaker government.
Letters to Editorarrow The worst president!
I am writing with reference to "Saddam's end," by Prof. Juan Cole (Dec. 31).
 arrow Bangabandhu's return
This day in 1972 was another day of victory for the Bengalees when, after the victory on December 16,1971, they found their most beloved leader Bangabadnhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman back to the country.
 arrow Saddam's execution
When I heard the news of Saddam Hussein's execution on BBC World I just kept on telling myself how cruel it was to execute a person on the day of the Holy Eid.
 arrow Rajuk and building code
A news item which appeared in the Star City section on January 14 titled “Rajuk to warn public against unauthorised developers” was not only alarming but it also shows how incompetent Rajuk is in handling
 arrow My wishes for 2007
Before I make a wish for myself, I would like to wish Happy Birthday to the Year 2007.
Star Healtharrow Missing teeth earlier may cause complicated disorders
A bridge stands stable over a number of pillars and the number depends on the size and loading capacity of the bridge.
 arrow Ensure community participation and monitoring
The board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) approved a sixth round grants of $40 million to fight the three pandemics.
 arrow When you have high blood pressure during pregnancy
Perhaps you control your high blood pressure through diet and exercise. Or maybe you manage your condition with medication. In either case, is pregnancy safe? For most women, the answer is yes.
 arrow Handbags a health hazard, women warned
With big handbags becoming a key fashion accessory for working women, health experts are warning they can also become a key health concern.
 arrow Folic acid may boost brain power in the elderly
Folic acid supplements may boost brain power in the elderly and could possibly help reduce the risk of dementia, scientists said.
Star Cityarrow Wanted: Medical technologists
Both government and private hospitals are facing acute shortage of skilled manpower when unemployment remains a pressing problem in the country.
 arrow Faulty electrical accessories flood market
Majority of the electrical accessories available in the market are highly hazardous and substandard in quality.
 arrow Baby boom at Dhaka Zoo
The Dhaka zoo is buzzing with numbers of newborns this time of the year.
 arrow Test tube clinics becoming popular
May 30, 2001 was no ordinary day for Bangladesh. The country's first test tube triplets -- Hira, Moni and Mukta -- were born on that day, leaving the experimental days behind.
 arrow Weight thieves in Rab custody
Consumers in Dhaka city are deprived of their rights on getting accurate weight from the sellers.
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