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Front Pagearrow Concrete pole syndicate makes Tk 1100cr in 5 yrs
A syndicate of 13 concrete pole manufacturers through bid manipulation and political influence sold to the Rural Electrification Board (REB) 15 lakh overpriced concrete electric poles worth Tk 1,100 crore
 arrow Mamun yet to be handed over to police or court
Detained businessman and Tarique Rahman's business partner Giasuddin Al-Mamun was neither produced before any court nor handed over to police as of last evening.
 arrow ACC likely to be empowered to seize property, give detention
Intent on curbing the menace of corruption, the interim government is thinking of different actions including empowering the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to place the ones charged with graft on amonth's
 arrow Lakhs join Ijtema
The three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim gathering after Hajj, started yesterday on the bank of the Turag in the suburban town of Tongi amid the participation of a large number of devotees
 arrow BNP bigwigs now blame each other for 'excesses'
The BNP leaders are now busy swapping blame for excesses during the four-party rule as well as Iajuddin-led caretaker government, as they believe those have contributed to things going beyond their control,
 arrow Grand alliance wants a time frame for holding early polls
The Awami League (AL) led grand alliance wants the caretaker government to set a time frame for holding the next parliamentary elections as early as possible and call off the state of emergency to create
 arrow Huge quantities of fertiliser, cement, commodities seized
Bangladesh Army in a further intensified drive against adulteration and hoarding recovered over 4.
 arrow Altaf's aide, BCL central leader held
The joint forces arrested the personal assistant to former commerce minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury in Patuakhali, a pro-Awami League Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) central committee member in Chuadanga,
 arrow Eco-park work resumes ignoring plights of indigenous people
The forest department in Tangail recently restarted the controversial construction work of a boundary wall around the site of Madhupur Eco Park ignoring the outcry of local indigenous community against
 arrow Nazmul Huda threatens Star Editor
In response to a report carried by The Daily Star, BNP leader Barrister Nazmul Huda yesterday issued a press statement.
 arrow Graft case filed against Orion Group chief
Finally, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has filed a graft case against Orion Group chief Obaidul Karim in connection with embezzlement of around Tk 6.
 arrow RU teacher stabbed, hospitalised
Armed activists reportedly belonging to Islami Chhatra Shibir stabbed a newly recruited teacher of the law department of Rajshahi University (RU) severely on Thursday night for "refusing to join the party".
 arrow Production at JFF comes to a halt
Production at Jamuna Fertiliser Factory (JFF) remained suspended since Thursday due to mechanical problem, hampering supply of urea to 20 districts in its command area in the peak Irri-Boro season.
 arrow Vehicles stranded, ferries and flights disrupted
Dense fog in the last two days disrupted vehicle movements, ferry services and river communications in most parts of the country, causing untold sufferings to the passengers.
 arrow Thousands crowd book fair
Thousands thronged the Amar Ekushey Book Fair on Bangla Academy premises in the capital yesterday, on the first weekend and second day of the month-long book festival.
 arrow Bodies of young man, woman recovered
Police recovered bodies of a young man and a woman in Shyampur and Badda in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Case against 4 alleging rape, murder of college student
A murder case was filed with Puthia Police Station in Rajshahi accusing four people in connection with raping and murdering a college student in Naopara Thursday night.
 arrow Indian HC in favour of early polls
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty yesterday said a free, fair and credible election with the participation of all political parties should be held as early as possible.
 arrow Environmental pollution...

 arrow Two new bus stands open in Ctg today
Two new bus stands -- one for the inter-district buses of Chittagong-Dhaka route and the other for those of Chittagong-Rangamati and Chittagong-Khagrachhari routes, opens in the port city today.
 arrow Banks must be a tool to fight poverty: Yunus
Visiting Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus yesterday hit out at banks for not making credit, an important tool to eradicate poverty, accessible to a large section of the people.
 arrow Holiday markets...

 arrow Arrest 'man-made' global warming
The UN climate panel issued its strongest warning yet on Friday that human activities are heating the planet, adding pressure on governments to do more to combat accelerating global warming.
 arrow Bangladesh most ill-prepared
Every year, St. Martin's island in Bangladesh gets a little smaller. The storms that batter its fragile shores are becoming increasingly severe and more and more coral is lost to the waves.
 arrow 130 killed in fresh wave of attacks in Iraq
A pair of suicide bombers detonated explosives Thursday among shoppers in a crowded outdoor market in a Shia city south of Baghdad, killing at least 73 people and wounding 163, police said.
Businessarrow Govt mulls forming dispute settlement board
Government is mulling formation of a board for dispute settlement (DSB) involving mainly private entrepreneurs to tackle labour unrest and other conflicting issues in export-oriented industries.
 arrow Shares traded in downbeat mood
Although the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) finished with the benchmark index gaining moderately, most of the shares were traded last week in downbeat mood.
 arrow Swiss urged to relocate textile machinery plants to Bangladesh
Swiss textile machinery manufacturers were urged to relocate their plants to Bangladesh to reduce the production costs of textile machinery, which, the local businesses consider, would benefit both the
 arrow India to invest in Myanmar port
New Delhi will invest 130 million dollars to develop Myanmar's Sittwe port that will give India's landlocked northeast access to a new trade route to South East Asia, an Indian official said Friday.
 arrow US Senate votes first hike in minimum wage in a decade
The US Senate has voted overwhelmingly to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade, a major promise of new Democratic congressional leaders.
 arrow Gas producers' Opec an 'interesting idea': Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that forming a natural gas equivalent of the oil producers' cartel Opec with Iran and possibly other countries was "an interesting idea.
 arrow Import spending up 22pc in Jul-Dec
Import spending increased 22 percent to US$ 8.
 arrow Rapid globalisation risks deepening poverty: UN
The unchecked growth of the global economy and its devastating effect on the world's finite natural resources could lead to crippling poverty and cross-border spats over scarce raw materials, the United
 arrow Malaysia may halt US trade talks over Iran criticism
Malaysia said Friday it was ready to suspend free-trade talks with the United States after criticism over an energy deal with Iran, and warned it would not be "held hostage" to political demands.
 arrow Oil firmer in Asia
Oil prices were firmer in Asian trade Friday as Opec's planned February production cut took effect and the market focused on the cold winter weather in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow British Airways sees profits fall
British Airways said Friday that third-quarter net profits sank 12.0 percent and revealed it would lose 80 million pounds (121 million euros, 157 million dollars) from this week's aborted cabin crew strike.
 arrow BGMEA for Sunday as holiday
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has urged the caretaker government to fix Sunday as the weekly holiday.
 arrow Etihad Airways to start flights to Australia
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, will begin non-stop flights from Abu Dhabi to Sydney, Australia on March 26, 2007, says a press release.
 arrow China banks regain green light for financial leasing business
China will allow commercial banks to again carry out financial leasing, a business they were required to withdraw from in 1997, state media reported Friday, citing the industry regulator.
 arrow Swiss watch exports hit record in '06
Swiss watch exports grew by over 10 percent to a record 13.7 billion Swiss francs (11.0 billion dollars, 8.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
January 28-February 01, 2007
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US dollar eased in the last week on back of comfortable supply.

Sportsarrow Football: Ulsan edge U-23s
Ulsan Hyundai Mipo Dockyard FC overcame a two-goal deficit to clinch a five-goal thriller against Bangladesh Olympic squad in a friendly at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Forhad sinks DOHS
Out-of-favour all-rounder For-had Reza bowled Bangladesh Biman to an exciting four-run victory over his old club Old DOHS in a curtailed-over match of the Kai-Altech Premier Division Cricket League at
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka reach semis
Rajshahi ended their campaign of the first-ever Women's Cricket Championship on a high after they beat Bogra by eight wickets at the Kalabagan Krira Chakra ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers sans luggage!
Bangladesh cricket team faced inclement weather as they prepare for Sunday's first one-day international against hosts Zimbabwe with a training session at the Harare Sports Club ground yesterday, according
 arrow Cricket: Sapient crush UNO
Sapient Sporting Club crushed UNO by 111 runs in the second division cricket league at Gaibandha Stadium yesterday. Opting to bat first, Sapient piled 192 for eight in their stipulated 30 overs.
 arrow Cricket: Joyce brings joy
England spectacularly revived hopes of playing in the triangular one-day series finals by bouncing back for a breakthrough first tour win over Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground Friday.
 arrow Cricket: SL out for revenge
Sri Lanka hope to avenge an embarrassing thrashing by India 15 months ago when they play a four-match series from next week in the build-up to the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff relieved with win
England captain Andrew Flintoff said his team's breakthrough win over Australia on Friday was a just result for all the hard work they had put in.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag to curb shots
Under pressure to perform, Virender Sehwag has been advised to be more careful with his shot selection and concentrate on spending more time in the middle to regain his form.
 arrow Cricket: Akram warns Australia
Former captain Wasim Akram believes Pakistan could be the team to surprise Australia and spice up the World Cup which has become a little boring with Ricky Ponting's men winning the title in the lasttwo
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova, Hingis into semis
World number one Maria Sharapova struggled with her serve again before beating Japan's Ai Sugiyama in three sets to reach the Pan Pacific Open semifinals on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin hits 105
Even as late as last year, the Ranji setup was so unprofessional India players would come to play for state sides wearing their India shirts.
 arrow Cricket: Final prep for sides
South Africa and Pakistan switch from Test to one-day cricket in a five-match one-day international series starting at Centurion Sunday, the last chance for both teams to tune up ahead of next month's
 arrow Football: Barca bid to answer critics
League leaders Barcelona will be looking to bounce back at Osasuna on Sunday following their shock 1-0 home defeat by Real Zaragoza in the Spanish Cup in midweek.
 arrow Football: Aragones seeks England double
Spain coach Luis Aragones hopes his side can emulate the performance they put on to beat England the last time they played, when the two sides meet again in a friendly at Old Trafford next Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Roma face might of Inter
Roma can revive a title race that has been slowly turning into a procession if they win Sunday's Scudetto showdown at leaders Inter Milan.
 arrow Football: Jose sounds caution
Jose Mourinho has admitted a slack performance against Charlton on Saturday could cost Chelsea their Premiership title.
 arrow Football: Trez in Domenech's plans
France coach Raymond Domenech pulled no surprises as he named his 22-man sqaud to play a friendly match against Argentina in Paris on February 7.
 arrow Golf: Norman heading to India
Greg Norman, one of the most charismatic players to have walked the golfing greens, said India was a land of opportunities and he was interested to take up golf course designing projects in the subcontinent.
 arrow Cricket: Another Gough comeback?
A report in Friday's London Daily Mail claims that England have asked the ICC for special dispensation to select their final 15-man World Cup squad from outside the provisional 30-man party named last
 arrow Cricket: Watson boosts WC options
Shane Watson's successful return from a hamstring injury this week has Ricky Ponting excited about Australia's options for the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist stays upbeat
Australia's stand-in skipper Adam Gilchrist remained upbeat about his side's form despite the 92-run defeat to England in Sydney on Friday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo lives Brazil dream
Ronaldo, signed by AC Milan from Real Madrid on Tuesday, said on Thursday that his next target was to be play for Brazil again. "The story isn't over," he told Globo television in an interview.
 arrow Football: Sevilla, Betis draw blank
Primera Liga strugglers Real Betis produced a battling performance to hold high-flying city rivals Sevilla to a 0-0 draw at the Sanchez Pizjuan in the first leg of their King's Cup quarterfinal on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Bring a Bazooka
A bazooka would be needed to start transfer talks for Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese star's Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra jokingly told a French radio station on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea deny Lippi link
Chelsea denied Thursday they had been in discussion with former Italy coach Marcello Lippi and insisted no list of candidates had been drawn up to replace current boss Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Kuyt eyeing derby revenge
Dirk Kuyt insists the pain he felt after Liverpool's mauling at the hands of Everton five months ago has given him an extra incentive ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby at Anfield.
 arrow Football: Test of metal for Lyon
Champions Lyon travel to lowly Troyes on Sunday with something of a mini-crisis on their hands.
 arrow Football: Scolari's squad for Brazil friendly
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari named PSV Eindhoven's uncapped defender Manuel Costa on Thursday in the squad which will face his native Brazil in a friendly in London on February 6.
 arrow Football: Riquelme out in the cold
Argentinian international Juan Roman Riquelme risks not playing at club level till the summer if his Spanish first division club Villarreal continue not to pick him.
 arrow Football: Dida out for a month
AC Milan keeper Nelson Dida, who has only recently returned from injury, has been ruled out for a month after damaging ligaments in his right shoulder, Italian news agency ANSA reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Eto'o back in training
Cameroon international striker Samuel Eto'o is set to boost Barcelona's trophy quest after returning to training for the first time since September.
 arrow Football: Magath snubs Hamburg
Felix Magath has ruled out a return to coaching at Hamburg SV for ethical reasons, saying the club should stick with their original choice of Dutchman Huub Stevens.
 arrow Football: Calderon remains Real president
Ramon Calderon will remain Real Madrid president for the time being after a Spanish judge decided the postal votes in last July's presidential election were null and void.
Metropolitanarrow 13 killed, 71 hurt in road crashes
At least 13 people were killed and 71 injured in separate road accidents in Pabna, Sirajganj, Satkhira and Jhenidaha yesterday and on Thursday night.
 arrow 276 killed in January
A total of 276 people were killed across the country last month, says a report of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission (BHRC).
 arrow 100 illegal firearms seized in a month
Law enforcement agencies seized 100 illegal firearms while a total of 1, 25, 466 legal arms were deposited across the country from December 15 to January 15, reports Democracywatch.
 arrow Consider wetland issue for sustainable development
Wetland issue should be considered during the formulation of national development policy to ensure sustainable development across the country, said water experts and environmentalists at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 19 Bangladeshis killed by BSF in January
Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) committed terrible human rights violation in the border areas of the country last month, says Odhikar, a human rights watchdog of Bangladesh.
 arrow Cancel Phulbari Coalmine Project
National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power, Port in a memorandum to the chief adviser on Thursday urged the caretaker government to fully cancel the Phulbari Coalmine Project,
 arrow 10 elderly people honoured
They have been working selflessly and silently throughout their life in remote areas of the country but never received any recognition.
 arrow Release of Hasina's APS demanded
Jatiya Party (Ershad) and Dhaka city Awami League yesterday demanded immediate release of AL President Sheikh Hasina's assistant personal secretary (APS) Dr Awlad Hossain and two others, who were arrested
 arrow Mobile court realises Tk 5 lakh in fine in 4 days
A mobile court in Chittagong in the last four days of drives until Thursday fined around Tk five lakh to different commercial firms for different allegations.
 arrow New bus terminal starts operation in Rajshahi
The newly constructed central bus terminal started its operation at Naodapara in Rajshahi city on Thursday.
 arrow Drunken Rly security men rough up cops in Rajshahi
Drunken railway security men roughed up several policemen of Boalia Police Station yesterday.
 arrow Property worth about Tk10 lakh gutted
Property worth about Tk10 lakh was gutted in a fire at Khagrachhari Adhunik Sadar Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka Math Olympiad today
Dhaka divisional Mathematical Olympiad will be held at Azimpur Girls' School and College in the city today.
 arrow CPB calls for introducing science-based edn system
The Communist Party of Bangladesh has called for radical reforms of the education system through introduction of a science-based modern education system for all.
 arrow Mother commits suicide after feeding poison to daughter
A mother and her five-year-old daughter died as she herself took poison after feeding it to the little girl at their house at Araihazar in Naryanganj on Thursday.
 arrow Housewife murdered
A body of a housewife was recovered from Deotala village under Kaliganj upazila in Gazipur yesterday morning.
 arrow Viva-voce for senior planners Feb 13
Viva-voce for the candidates for the post of the senior planner of the City Development Directorate under the Housing and Public Works Ministry will be held at 10:30am on February 13 at the PSC Bhaban.
 arrow Protest today
Shaheed Babul Academy, a private school in the city, will organise a protest rally on the Academy premises at 11:00am today demanding arrest and punishment to the killers of one of its teachers, saysa
 arrow Workshop on TV reporting for children held
A two-day workshop on 'Television reporting' for children and juveniles was held in the city recently, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Cashing in on patients' plight
Diagnostic centres in Magura are doing brisk business in collusion with a section of government doctors who allegedly get benefit from them.
 arrow Eye hospital to be built in Sonaimuri
Sonaimuri Andha Kalyan Samity (SAKS), an association for welfare of the blind, has taken up a noble initiative to construct a full-fledged eye hospital in Sonaimuri Pourasabha.
 arrow RDRS resents govt's refusal to approve proposed university
Leaders of RDRS, a leading national NGO, have expressed resentment at the government's denial of permission to set up a private university in northern districts.
 arrow Stolen cement blocks recovered from BNP leader's 'resort'
Joint forces recovered a large number of cement blocks and current nets from a 'resort' of BNP leader and ward commissioner K M Shahidullah alias Haji Shahid in Bandh Road area near the bank of Kirtonkhola
 arrow Lottery for four fertiliser sacks
Four sacks of urea fertiliser were sold though lottery at Derai Bazaar at Derai upazila headquarters in Sunamganj district as there were many farmers demanding those.
 arrow 3 of a family electrocuted
Three members of a family were electrocuted at Barera village in Sadar upazila yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Mizan Chowdhury's death anniversary observed
The first death anniversary of former prime minister Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury was observed here yesterday with due honour and solemnity.
Point-Counterpointarrow Re-constituted Election Commission: Crucial role ahead
The Acting Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners have finally yielded to the public pressure and submitted their resignation letters to the President to enable him to reconstitute
 arrow A tribute to Waheedul Haq:
While Waheedul Haq's passing away cannot be said to be premature, given his age, it is premature in many other senses.
 arrow Remove the scourge of corruption
Only 1 percent of the people are holding 40 percent of the country's resources.
 arrow Conserving liquid fuel
Bangladesh imports practically all its liquid fuel. A negligible amount of petroleum and condensate is available around Syleht, near proven gas fields.
Culturearrow Homage to Waheedul Haq
Waheedul Haq: Veteran journalist, Tagore exponent, teacher, social-cultural activist and organiser.
 arrow Kishoreganj Theatre observes 46th anniversary
Kishoreganj Theatre organised a discussion on cultural activities, felicitated eminent playwright and dramatists with crests and staged a play 'Ora Kadam Ali'.
 arrow 'System Error': War is a force that gives us meaning
Palazzo delle Papesse in Siena, Italy, opens the first exhibition cycle of 2007 introducing the group show System Error: War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning (February 3-May 6), according to apress
 arrow Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy celebrates fourth anniversary
On the occasion of its fourth anniversary, Ustad Momtaz Ali Khan Sangeet Academy honoured poet Khan Muhammad Moinuddin (posthumous) and artist Hafizur Rahman recently.
Internationalarrow Musharraf admits lapses in anti-terror war
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf said yesterday that some members of the security forces had turned a "blind eye" towards Taliban militants launching attacks in Afghanistan.
 arrow Nepali ethnic group sets terms for talks
Nepal must end police action against ethnic Madhesi protesters and create an atmosphere for talks to end protests in which at least 13 people were killed in two weeks, a community leader said yesterday.
 arrow Global warming means millions of climate refugees: Experts
A decade or so ago, greens coined the term "climate refugees" to describe the future victims of global warming.
 arrow 27 militants killed in Afghan violence
Up to 27 militants were killed yesterday in separate clashes with Afghan police and US-led coalition forces in the latest violence to hit Afghanistan, officials said.
 arrow US defends military build-up against 'aggressive' Iran
The United States' ambassador to Nato defended yesterday a US military build-up in the Gulf in response to what she said was an increasingly "aggressive" stance by Iran.
 arrow Global warming taking toll on India
With India's Himalayan glaciers melting, its eastern islands sinking and freak rain flooding deserts, environmentalists say global warming is already taking its toll on this populous Asian nation.
 arrow US presents new ME peace initiative to Quartet partners
The United States presents its latest plan to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts to major power allies Friday, with a flare-up in Palestinian factional violence adding new urgency to the task.
 arrow 'Press freedom improves in Asia despite censors, attacks'
Despite the high number of journalists killed or attacked in Asia in 2006 and persistent censorship, Asians are slowly gaining access to more independent, better quality news, media rights group Reporters
 arrow Displaced Gujarat Muslims seek help to return home
Five years after their loved ones were brutally killed and they were forced to flee, thousands of Muslim victims of one of India's worst religious riots have pleaded for help to return home.
 arrow Kashmir vows 'iron hand' against custodial killings
Indian Kashmir promised yesterday to use an "iron hand" against police who kill civilians and claim they are rebels in the hope of getting rewards or promotion.
 arrow Floods cripples Jakarta
Torrential rain triggered floods in the Indonesian capital yesterday, blocking roads and trapping residents in their homes as torrents of muddy water reached a depth of 2 metres (6.
 arrow Iran blocks UN cameras at big atom site
Iran has refused to let UN inspectors set up cameras at an underground plant where it is set to begin installing 3,000 centrifuges for full-scale enrichment of nuclear fuel, diplomats said on Friday.
 arrow Hindus burn train in UP
Three coaches of a train were set ablaze in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday by right-wing Hindus demanding the release of their leader, but no one was hurt as the few passengers on board jumped to safety, officials
 arrow Six Nepali ministers suffer from jaundice
Six Nepali ministers are suffering from jaundice believed to have been caught from contaminated water at the prime minister's residence, Nepal's health minister told AFP Friday.
 arrow 8 US copters for Pakistan to fight militants
The United States yesterday handed over eight Cobra attack helicopters to key ally Pakistan to boost its military capability against extremists, the US embassy said.
 arrow 19 killed in Kashmir bus crash
At least 19 passengers died and 23 were injured when an overcrowded mini-bus skidded off a highway and plunged down a steep gorge in Indian Kashmir yesterday.
 arrow Assam Congress leader shot
A leader of the ruling Congress party was shot dead Thursday by rebels in northeast India, the fifth politician slain in attacks on the party in restive Assam state in two weeks, officials said.
 arrow Syria test-fires Scud missile Says Israeli media
Syria has test-fired a Scud ballistic missile capable of striking anywhere in neighbouring arch-foe Israel, local media reported yesterday.
 arrow Lanka steps up security ahead of national day
Sri Lanka stepped up already tight security in the capital Colombo yesterday amid fears of Tamil rebel attacks ahead of independence day celebrations, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Fighting graft is our urgent task
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed's emphasis on the creation of a graft-free society is, we believe, a clarion call to the country.
 arrow Editorial: Rotten wheat
With the seizure of 1.
 arrow Making anti-corruption efforts more effective
It has indeed been heartening to note the interest taken by the present government to review and to make our anti-corruption measures more effective.
 arrow Northeast in ferment
India's northeast is like Baluchistan in Pakistan or Tibet in China. All the three territories are in ferment. They want to secede from the countries which claim sovereignty over them.
 arrow Recovering khas land for poverty alleviation
With the new caretaker government taking over charge the chaos created due to political standoff and unrest has apparently been overcome.
StarTecharrow When the chips are silent
Computers have come a long way since this amazing piece of machine came into existence. The present computer that we know is a silicon chip based device that translates binary 1s and 0s to process information.
 arrow It's official. Wii use can cause weight loss
Video gamers who'd rather battle virtual villains than fight the flab can take heart. Use of the new Nintendo Wii can lead to weight loss.
 arrow Japanese hand-size robot seeks to lure adults
A Japanese toymaker, under pressure from video games and a falling birthrate, unveiled a hand-sized humanoid robot aimed at adults who played with toy soldiers as children.
 arrow Latest PCI Express card with Hyper-Memory Technology
Global Brand Pvt. Ltd., the sole distributor of AsusTeK Computer Inc (Asus), introduced the EAX550HM512 graphics card in the local market recently, says a press release.
 arrow Drink And Compute Safe

Literaturearrow The Eternal Journey*
I did not come from nowhere, nor was I swept ashore by a tidal wave. I did cross an ocean by a boat though. I too had a home, a house, rooms with doors, grilled windows.
 arrow Fair is foul and foul is fair
Thanks to Green activists, the obstinacy of Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharya, and the impatience-cum-rashness of the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the 32nd Kolkata Book Fair drama has had a longer
 arrow In the silences of receding winter
There is a piece you ought not to miss reading in the January 2007 issue of Kali O Kolom. It is the enlightening write-up on Father Marino Rigon.
 arrow Second Daily Star Anthology
The Daily Star literature page, in order to promote English-language writing among Bangladeshis, will publish an anthology of non-fiction writing.
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