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Front Pagearrow Polls only after basic reforms
The Election Commission (EC) needs to be reconstituted within the shortest possible time so it can assess and announce a time limit for carrying out the electoral reforms essential for holding a free,
 arrow Top JMB leaders seek president's 'mercy'
Five of the seven condemned top Islamist militants, including banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, begged the president for their lives yesterday by submitting mercy petitions
 arrow Can this be the CA's vision of Bangladesh?
Given our faith (which is being put to a severe test) in Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed's sagacity, and his commitment to democracy, fundamental rights and the free press, we would like to believethat
 arrow Bomb goes off near Rab vehicle
At least seven people, including a Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel, were injured as a bomb went off near a parked Rab patrol van in front of Sergeant Ahad Police Box at Gulistan in the capitalyesterday
 arrow BTTB earning drops Tk 267cr a year
Due to deliberate inaction of the immediate past alliance government in the matter of stopping illegal VoIP business, the overall annual earning of Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) sharply
 arrow 1,831 more held
The army-led joint forces yesterday arrested 1,831 people on various charges during their ongoing countrywide drive within 24 hours preceding 6:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Waheedul Haq passes away
Veteran journalist and noted Tagore song specialist Waheedul Haq died at the city's Birdem Hospital yesterday evening leaving behind thousands of music lovers, cultural activists and the journalist community
 arrow Tender ignored for Ctg port jobs
The country's premier Chittagong seaport spends Tk 80 to 100 crore every year through awarding private stevedoring agencies the shore handling job without floating any tender.
 arrow CA to address AFD today
Chief Adviser Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed will address the Armed Forces Division today. The interim government chief will later pay a visit to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban.
 arrow Canadian jobs beckon Bangladeshi workers
For the first time, Bangladesh is expecting to send workers to Canada, a lucrative job market that ensures high salaries and workers' rights at low service charges.
 arrow OC, 4 other Bogra cops suspended
The officer-in-charge (OC), three sub-inspectors (SIs) and one constable of Bogra Sadar Police Station were suspended yesterday for torturing a suspected thief at the police station (PS) on Thursday.
 arrow NGO director arrested in Satkhira
The joint forces yesterday arrested Shahidul Islam, executive director of a Satkhira-based NGO, Uttaran. Police said they picked up Shahidul Islam in the morning from his house in Tala upazila.
 arrow Kibria's death anniversary observed
The second death anniversary of former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria was observed yesterday with several programmes held to commemorate the late Awami League (AL) leader.
 arrow Prof Yunus to open Grameen Trust India in Mumbai
Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus will inaugurate the first ever Grameen Trust India (GTI) in Mumbai on February 1.
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 arrow Fake medicine factory busted at Tongi
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel seized a huge cache of spurious medicines, including vaccines of hepatitis B and polio, after busting an illegal medicine factory at Tongi on Friday.
 arrow First women's cricket championship

 arrow Removing posters

 arrow Indian cattle trader killed in Joypurhat
An Indian cattle trader was killed in BSF firing in Bangladesh territory near zero line of Hatkhola border under Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat district on Friday night.
 arrow Drive against illegal structures along Ichhamati river from Feb 1
The district administration will start an eviction drive on February 1 to remove illegal structures on the bank of Ichhamati river.
 arrow Serena wins Australian Open
Serena Williams won the Australian Open title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Russian top seed Maria Sharapova on Saturday.
 arrow 15 killed in twin Iraq blasts
Two car bombs killed 15 people in a mainly Shia area of Baghdad yesterday in the latest in a series of attacks by militants on crowded shopping areas in the Iraqi capital.
 arrow Lankan navy sinks 3 rebel boats to foil port attack
Sri Lanka's navy attacked and destroyed three Tamil Tiger boats yesterday as the rebels launched their first assault on the main port of Colombo in 10 years, the defence ministry said.
 arrow Japan confirms deadly bird flu outbreak
Japan confirmed yesterday a recent outbreak of bird flu in the country's south was caused by the deadly H5N1 strain, as officials revealed a suspected new case elsewhere in the country.
Businessarrow NCBs' capital shortfall reaches Tk7498cr
Despite huge reform measures to strengthen the banks' financial health, the capital shortfall of four nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) continues as usual and has reached Tk7498crore in June 2006.
 arrow 'Made in Asia' clothes make further inroads into Europe
European clothing firms are ditching their local suppliers and are opting more and more for cheaper imports from Asia, especially China, according to a French study released on Friday.
 arrow NCB officials seek finance ministry's intervention
A section of nationalised commercial bank officials, aggrieved for being denied promotion to the posts of general manager despite having all qualities during the immediate past four-party alliance government,
 arrow Insurance firms face 7b euro bill from winter storm
The deadly winter storm that lashed much of northern Europe last week will cost the insurance industry between five and seven billion euros, Germany's Munich Re said Friday.
 arrow Banglalink subscribers grow 253pc in 2006
Cellphone operator Banglalink's subscriber base grew by a hefty 253 percent in 2006 while the overall industry rose by almost 135 percent during the period, says a press release.
 arrow Davos wraps up with huddle on WTO talks
Ministers from 24 key trading countries and the European Union met on the final day of the Davos forum Saturday in a bid to breathe fresh life into stalled global trade negotiations.
 arrow Manila to liberalise forex restrictions
In sharp contrast to Thailand's recent move to curb capital inflows, the Philippines is set to liberalize existing restrictions on capital outflows as a way to hedge against the strong influx of foreign
 arrow China's macro-economic cooling steps ineffective
IMF managing director Rodrigo Rato warned Friday that Beijing's macro-economic measures aimed at cooling China's roaring investment and lending were proving ineffective.
 arrow Ctg chamber's recommendations to CG for smooth business activities
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) yesterday made an eight-point recommendation to the chief adviser to the caretaker government (CG) for smooth business activities in the country.
 arrow Wal-Mart not participating in NYC Fashion Week
Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer, has decided not to participate in New York's upcoming Fashion Week.
 arrow Media can help create enabling environment
Speakers at a function yesterday said media can play a catalytic role for creating an enabling environment for better corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, says a press release.
 arrow Citigroup Foundation to grant $3.2m to WFP
Citigroup has announced that its Foundation would grant the World Food Programme (WFP) $3.
 arrow Citibank to set up holding company in Japan
US financial giant Citibank NA plans to set up a financial holding company in Japan as early as July, making it the first foreign financial institution to do so, a news report said Saturday.
 arrow ROK replaces China as largest foreign investor in Cambodia
South Korea replaced China as the largest foreign investor in Cambodia in 2006 with its investment reaching one billion US dollars compared with 717 million US dollars from China, local media said Saturday.
 arrow China mulls new property, fuel tax
China is considering a new property tax to cool over-investment in real estate and a fuel levy to reduce oil consumption, the government said.
 arrow Thai economic growth forecast lowered for '07
The Bank of Thailand has cut its 2007 Thailand's economic growth forecast to between 4-5 per cent from a range of 4.5 - 5.5 per cent, the Thai News Agency reported Saturday.
 arrow Russian output to surpass Soviet record
Russia's output will this year surpass for the first time the maximum level achieved in the Soviet Union, 15 years after the collapse of the Communist bloc, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saidSaturday.
 arrow Microsoft profit down
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 arrow Toyota's vehicle production rises in '06
Toyota's global production last year surged 10 percent to more than 9 million vehicles, narrowing the gap with General Motors, the world's No. 1 automaker. Toyota Motor Corp.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Giants unafraid of Mirpur
Abahani aim to consolidate their place in the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League when the table-toppers take on archrivals and second-placed Mohammedan Sporting Club in a crucial seventh round match today.
 arrow Cricket: Irene blasts first ton
Irene Sultana slammed an explosive hundred on the opening day of the first Women's Cricket Championship as Khulna thumped Narayanganj by 234 runs at the Nabin Sangha ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: B. League bosses still sleeping
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) may defer the start of the B. League by a day or two if the sponsors demand.
 arrow Kabadi: Kabaddi WC India's
India successfully defended their Kabaddi World Cup title when the hosts defeated Iran 29-19 in the final of the second edition of the competition at the Karnala Sports Academy in Panvel, near Mumbaion
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan cracking fast
Pakistan were struggling to set a challenging target as wickets continued to fall on the second day of the decisive third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: WI defy after Robin blitz
Young opener Robin Uthappa hit a robust 70 off 42 balls as India made 268 all out in the third one-day international against the West Indies here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: WI on course
West Indies are just 56 short of a well-earned win as stylish batsman Marlon Samuels closes in on a hundred with skipper Lara in support.
 arrow Cricket: Stephen glorifies Lou
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming is confident recalled opener Lou Vincent can once again rise to the occasion against Australia when the two sides meet here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SA need 161
South Africa were set 161 to win the third Test and series after bowling Pakistan out for 186 on Day Two at Newlands on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Astle puzzle remains
Some of our more cynically-minded cricket followers -- and I include myself in this category -- might be having just a little difficulty digesting the reasons and explanations behind Nathan Astle's shock
 arrow Cricket: Afridi, Razzaq recalled
Fit-again all-rounder Abdul Razzaq and hard-hitting Shahid Afridi were recalled Saturday for Pakistan's five-match one-day series against South Africa starting early next month.
 arrow Tennis: Serena conquers Down Under
An emotional Serena Williams swatted aside top seed and world number one Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-2 in the Australian Open final Saturday to win her eighth Grand Slam and prove the critics wrong.
 arrow Tennis: Maria vows to learn
Maria Sharapova said she would carry the memory of Saturday's Australian Open thrashing from a "flawless" Serena Williams for the rest of her career and use it to make her stronger.
 arrow Tennis: 'For my sister'
An emotional Serena Williams on Saturday dedicated her third Australian Open title to half-sister Yetunde Price who was shot dead in Los Angeles in 2003, saying her memory motivated her to win.
 arrow Tennis: Records await Federer
Roger Federer is wary of Fernando Gonzales continuing in his red-hot form as the world number one shoots for his 10th Grand Slam title in Sunday's Australian Open final.
 arrow Tennis: Bryan brothers wins doubles
Chest-bumping American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan successfully defended their Australian Open men's doubles title Saturday, beating Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi of Belarus 7-5, 7-5.
 arrow Tennis: TTS, UNO on top
Table Tennis Sangstha (TTS) and UNO Club won their respective matches in the second division cricket league at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC helpless in visa row
The International Cricket Council has said it cannot do much to solve the problems being faced by Pakistan supporters and travel agents in seeking visas for the World Cup to be held in the Caribbean in
 arrow Cricket: Kolkata might replace Pune
Kolkata's Eden Gardens is likely to host the first of the four-match series between India and Sri Lanka on February 8 after it was found that Pune, originally meant to host the match, was facing problems.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo undergoes Milan medical
Real Madrid striker Ronaldo underwent his medical with AC Milan early Friday before talks with coach Carlo Ancelotti at the Serie A side's training centre at Maranello ahead of next week's expected transfer.
 arrow Football: Capello retakes Becks stance
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello hinted he might have been wrong to have indicated David Beckham would not pull on the white shirt again after agreeing to join LA Galaxy this summer.
 arrow Football: Kaka's Ronaldo dream
AC Milan playmaker Kaka has spoken of his excitement at the prospect of being joined at the club by Brazil teammate Ronaldo, who is on the brink of completing a transfer from Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Gunners seek revenge
Arsene Wenger will be motivated by a desire for revenge when Arsenal face the team that has infuriated him more than any other on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Sheva too selfish: Drogba
Chelsea fron-tman Didier Drogba has said strike partner Andriy Shev-chenko needs to be less selfish and become more of a team player.
 arrow Football: Platini heralds new era
Michel Platini began his first full day in office as the new president of European football's governing body UEFA on Saturday, pledging a manifesto based more on football than finance.
 arrow Football: Higuain chooses Argentina
Real Madrid's teenage striker Gonzalo Higuain, who was born in France to Argentine parents, has told French coach Raymond Domenech that he will never play for Les Bleus.
 arrow Football: Cole's no to crisis talk
Ashley Cole believes an FA Cup triumph over Nottin-gham Forest on Sunday will help banish talk of a crisis at Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Feynoord appeal expulsion
Feyenoord will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne over their UEFA Cup exclusion, the Dutch club said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Porto fall at Leiria
Leaders Porto suffered their second league defeat of the season as they went down 1-0 at Uniao Leiria after having Ricardo Quaresma sent off on Friday.
 arrow Football: Kachkar plan given thumbs up
Marseille have given the thumbs up to the financial package proposed by Canadian businessman Jack Kachkar following a two-hour meeting, the French first division side said on Friday.
 arrow Football: Liverpool confirm US approach
Liverpool confirmed on Friday that American businessman George Gillett has made an approach "which may or may not lead to an offer" for the club.
 arrow Football: Die for your club
Dedicated fans of English football club Plymouth Argyle can now literally die for their team after being given the opportunity to be buried in a coffin painted in the club's green and white colours.
Metropolitanarrow Country experiences 500MW loadshedding on weekend
The country yesterday experienced over 500MW loadshedding in catering a nationwide demand between 3500 and 3600 megawatts of electricity.
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
At least four people were killed and 12 others injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday and Friday evening.
 arrow Form national council to implement labour law
Lack of unity among the trade unions and non-implementation of labour law are the major obstacles to ensure health, safety and better working conditions for industrial workers, said legal experts andlabour
 arrow Intensify efforts to promote healthy culture
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the members of Zia Sangskritik Sangathan (Zisas) to intensify their efforts to promote a healthy culture alongside their present activities.
 arrow Indian national held with forged visa
An Indian trader falling prey to visa forgers is languishing at Sonamasjid immigration office for nearly three weeks.
 arrow Joint forces evict land grabbers in Pabna
The joint forces, in a drive yesterday, evicted illegal occupants from a cattle market and recovered the occupied land at Bansherbada in Inswardi upazila.
 arrow UNDP aid for cold-hit people
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will distribute 31,000 pieces of warm clothes among the victims of cold wave in 14 districts of the country.
 arrow BCFCC staff stabbed to death
Assailants stabbed a staff of Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre (BCFCC) to death in the city's Kafrul area early yesterday.
Nationalarrow 59,000 irrigation pumps to remain out of power net
Around 59,000 irrigation pumps are likely remain out of power supply during the current IRRI-Boro season in Bogra, Naogaon and Joypurhat districts for want of power.
 arrow 300 bird species on verge of extinction in country
Environmentalists and bird watchers at a bird fair on Rajshahi University campus yesterday said, more than 400 species of bird have become extinct from the world because of deforestation and increasein
 arrow '100pc school enrolment by 2010 in 3 Satkhira upazilas'
A local NGO has undertaken a laudable programme to improve the quality of primary education and ensure cent per cent enrolment of children in rural schools of three upazilas by 2010.
 arrow Gaibandha gets 3.5 mw against 17 needed
Gaibandha gets only 3.5 mw power against a requirement of 17 mw in the district.
 arrow Muharram procession by Garpara ImamBara Tuesday
As part of a tradition for over 100 years, the Garpara ImamBara in Manikganj is observing the Muharram this year also in a solemn atmosphere.
Point-Counterpointarrow People's Constitution
In response to Dr.
 arrow Death row inmates should be heard
We have been reading about the possible execution of the two Islamic terrorists in the news media wherefrom we learned that both of the condemn men will walk the gallows sometime in February 2007 forthe
 arrow Oriental Bank scam and auditing
The Oriental Bank stench is continually increasing. As per the January 24 issue of The Daily Star it is now estimated to be Taka 595 crores.
 arrow Asean moving ahead
At least for one aspect, the 12th summit of Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) in the central Philippines city of Cebu was certainly different from all the previous gatherings of the 39-year
Culturearrow Stark lines that tell a romantic tale
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Russian-Bangladesh friendship, an exhibition of paintings by Kamrul Islam Nadim is being held at the Russian Cultural Centre.
 arrow 'Pitha Utsab' creates enthusiasm in Bogra
Thousands of enthusiastic people thronged the day-long Pitha Utsab (winter cake festival) at the century-old Edward Park in Bogra town, on Friday last.
 arrow 'Boba Manusher Galpo': Story of oppressed peasants
Sirajul Islam Siraj's play Boba Manusher Galpo is not the story of the mute, rather the tale of the peasants in rural Bangladesh who cannot protest against oppression.
 arrow International Bangla Poetry Festival kicks off
A group of renowned poets and writers led by Syed Shamsul Haque are taking part in the 1st International Bangla Poetry Festival being held at Purbanchal Sanskriti Kendra in Kolkata, India, says a press
Generalarrow AL activist's poultry farm destroyed in Rajshahi
Rivals of an Awami League activist killed 180 ducks of his poultry farm at Char Khidirpur village in Motihar on Wednesday out of political vengeance.
 arrow Body of newborn baby recovered
The body of a one-day-old baby girl was recovered from a dustbin in the city on Friday night.
 arrow Missing mobile phone operator found dead
Police recovered the body of a missing mobile phone operator from a ditch near Khulna University yesterday. The victim, identified as Monirul Islam, 24, had been missing since Friday evening.
Internationalarrow Attack on Iran to drag ME into hell: Mussa
Arab League Secretary-General Amr Mussa, said yesterday that military action against Iran "would bring the whole of the Middle East into hell.
 arrow Fresh violence in Nepal as curfew lifted in 3 towns
Protesters burnt tyres and hurled stones in new violence in southeastern Nepal yesterday following clashes that left five people dead and dozens injured in the last eight days.
 arrow Men in American uniform kidnap, kill 4 US troops in Karbala
Four of five US soldiers killed in a raid by militants last week in Iraq's shrine city of Karbala were abducted and executed by men wearing "American-looking uniforms," the military revealed yesterday.
 arrow US again accuses Pakistan of giving 'refuge' to Taliban
The United States has again charged Pakistan of providing "refuge" to Taliban militants fighting American and NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan. "The Taliban increased its insurgency in 2006.
 arrow Two more killed in fresh flare-up of Gaza clashes
Two Palestinians were killed yesterday in a fresh flare-up of violence in the Gaza Strip between supporters of rival factions Hamas and Fatah, medical officials said.
 arrow Prominent HR activist held in Pakistan
Pakistani police have detained a prominent human rights activist working for release of suspects picked up by secret agencies in the fight against terrorism, official sources said yesterday.
 arrow Beijing's past lies under its future
Underneath the state of the art Olympic venues that will project a thoroughly modern image of China to the world in 2008 lies a 2,000-year-old reminder that Beijing also has a long and rich history.
 arrow 11 girls killed in Indian school collapse
Eleven girls were killed and 14 injured when a school in western India collapsed, burying them under rubble, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Promulgation of emergency rules
The promulgation of rules under emergency provisions to curtail political activities does not come as a surprise.
 arrow Editorial: Kibria killing
Not that murders and killings do not take place in other countries also, but the difference in the case of Bangladesh is that very few of them get to be investigated properly and even fewer come up for
 arrow Murder most foul
The attempted assassination of Sheikh Hasina, and the entire leadership of Awami League, on August 21, 2004 was suspected to have been carried out by the Islamists, allegedly assisted by a few peoplethen
 arrow CTG mission: Not back to square one
When the first caretaker government came to an ignominious end on January 11and the second CTG took over with the declaration of emergency, the rules of the game changed.
 arrow Caretaker government: Round three
The notion of interim government is quite common in the world. They are usually national consensus based governments for a short period of time.
Star Healtharrow Diabetic foot care
Diabetes is the disease related to problem in glucose metabolism. Glucose provides us energy for our bodily activities.
 arrow Facts about polycystic ovarian syndrome
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a health problem that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels and appearance.
 arrow A true change agent of family planning
"Family planning activity is a conspiracy work of the Christians against the Muslims of Bangladesh.
 arrow Cardiac surgery promising in Bangladesh
For over a decade's service in the United Kingdom (UK) as a cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Habibe Millat has come back in Bangladesh and joined Square Hospital in the capital to start his professional life
 arrow Atypical symptoms of urinary tract infection
Presentation of urinary tract infection (UTI) is very variable. So they may create confusion and can make the diagnosis wrong. Here I would like to present some cases of UTI with atypical symptoms.
 arrow Promoting hand hygiene
"Wash your hands" - is a simple message but washing our hands can easily is something that we do not always do perhaps because our hands do not look dirty, we do not have time, or we do not believe it
 arrow Your Doctor
Dear Doctor
I am 53 years old. This year I have done an ultrasonogram of my prostate gland. The report revealed mild enlargement of prostate (41x31x32 mm), volume of the gland 22.4 cc. PVR 30 ml.

Star Cityarrow Ugly overhead ad arches galore
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has asked all the business firms to remove their illegally set up overhead signboards on city roads by January 31 or face fine and criminal charges, DCC sources said.
 arrow Sonargaon Hotel does the damage
While the caretaker government is carrying out all-out eviction drives against illegal establishments, a number of influential quarters carry on their unauthorised development and construction work in
 arrow Garment factories in dire need of skilled manpower
Readymade garment sector that earns more than three-fourths of the total foreign currency is suffering from an acute shortage of skilled manpower.
 arrow Lilyma Khanom: A Hard Road To Success
Born in a modest family in the village of Panchapukur in Nilphamari district Lilyma Khanom had a dream since her childhood.
 arrow PWD to build Public Park on open space
Public Works Department (PWD) has decided to convert the western part of Dhanmondi Eidgah adjacent to Satmasjid road into a park soon, said the concerned sources.
 arrow Eidgah Mosque committee's rejoinder and our reply
The president of Dhanmondi Eidgah mosque committee Makbul Ahmed in a rejoinder to The Daily Star on a report headlined " Mosque committee steals age-old trees, grabs land" published on January 24, 2007
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