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Front Pagearrow Foreign mobile operators involved in racket
A few foreign mobile phone operators, which take out profits of hundreds of millions of dollars from Bangladesh each year, have been largely supporting the phenomenally growing illegal VoIP business in
 arrow Mosharraf sent to jail, Mufti Shahidul gets detention
Former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain was sent to jail yesterday after a court had scheduled the hearing of his bail prayer for Sunday while a Dhaka court sent former lawmaker Mufti Shahidul
 arrow Drive against graft keeps BNP men on the run
Like some influential leaders of the party, most of the top brass of the BNP's front organisations have gone into hiding. They got rich overnight allegedly through corruption in the last five years.
 arrow AL bigwigs sit soon to study situation
The Awami League (AL) top brass are closely watching the developments following the arrests of BNP and AL bigwigs while the mid- and grassroots-level leaders await the high command's instructions in the
 arrow Arresting the accused not enough for fair polls
The great challenge for the present caretaker government is to conduct proper investigation into the cases of the corrupt white-collar people and putting them on trial so that politics is made a place
 arrow Notorious Salam of Kushtia killed
A criminal gang leader was killed in 'crossfire' between police and his cohorts at village Raidanga of Kumarkhali upazila in the district early yesterday.
 arrow Scuffle with tiger at Dhaka Zoo
Panic gripped the visitors at Dhaka Zoo yesterday noon when a Royal Bengal Tiger attacked its food provider inside the cage, came out of it and roamed the zoo premises for about half an hour.
 arrow BB asks Bogra banks to show accounts of 22
Bangladesh Bank (BB) sent letters to a number of government and non-government banks in Bogra on Thursday asking them to send the last two years' account statements of 22 BNP and Awami League (AL) leaders,
 arrow New OCs in 16 city police stations
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities yesterday appointed 16 inspectors as officers-in-charge (OCs) of 16 police stations and transferred an OC to the Detective and Crime Intelligence unit of the
 arrow US wants to see early polls in Bangladesh
The United States wants to see election in Bangladesh as soon as possible in an appropriate way according to the constitution and rule of law, a State Department spokesman said in Washington.
 arrow Begging for time...

 arrow Granite extraction finally to start by next month
Madhyapara Granite Mining Company Ltd, a Petrobangla subsidiary, is almost ready for commercial production as it has completed its first successful trial run.
 arrow Monsur lost his eyesight but never his vision
April is his favourite, as significant events in his life took place during the month, said Monsur Ahmed Choudhuri, the first blind student to receive a master's degree from Dhaka University.
 arrow 11 trafficked girls return from India
Eleven Bangladeshi girls, who were trafficked to India three to four years ago, returned home yesterday through Benapole check post.
 arrow Bird fair at JU opens
Hundreds of bird lovers from across the country thronged Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday as the daylong bird fair, aimed at raising awareness about birds and the bio-diversity of Bangladesh, was
 arrow Yunus goes to Kolkata Sunday
Nobel laureate and founder of Grameen Bank Professor Muhammad Yunus will visit Kolkata February 11 to 13, his first trip here since winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow Woman held at book fair for assaulting cop
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a woman at the entrance to the Ekushey book fair as she slapped a woman constable of the elite crime-busting force following a tangle about security checking.
 arrow Cellphone trade on in CHT despite ban
Mobile phone business in three hill districts--Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban--continues despite a ban imposed by the caretaker government.
 arrow Long queues for...

 arrow Find out 'illegal' wealth amassed by Jamaat leaders : WP
Workers Party of Bangladesh yesterday urged the caretaker government to find out the 'illegal' wealth owned by Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and bring them under justice.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire in Satkhira
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire on Kergachhi border in Kalaroa upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Fertiliser seized in Satkhira
The joint forces yesterday seized 177 sacks of adulterated fertiliser from Patkelghata bazar in Tala upazila and Shailkhali village in Shyamnagar upazila. They also arrested three people in this connection.
 arrow Palestinian unity govt 'in a week'
The Palestinian unity government agreed in Makkah will be formed "within a week," an adviser to president Mahmud Abbas told AFP yesterday.
 arrow US think tank urges retreat from Iraq
An independent think tank warned yesterday that the situation in Iraq was beyond repair and urged that US forces should be pulled out whatever the result of the current "surge" of troops into Baghdad.
 arrow Violent clashes at Al-Aqsa mosque
Clashes broke out yesterday near Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound between stone-throwing Muslim worshippers and Israeli police who entered the holy site, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Iraqi, US forces push into Baghdad
US and Iraqi forces pushed into Baghdad yesterday to clean up insurgent and militia hotbeds, launching house-to-house searches in a major operation to restore order in the battered Iraqi capital.
 arrow Boat with 400 refugees must be allowed to dock: UNHCR
The UN refugee agency called on Thursday for a boat carrying 400 would-be immigrants drifting off west Africa to be allowed to unload as soon as possible.
Businessarrow DSE turnover up 45.16pc
The overall turnover on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) increased by 45.16 percent last week. The turnover reached Tk 706.10 crore against Tk 486.43 crore the previous week. Rising by 16.
 arrow India to privatise state-run power companies
Notwithstanding reservations by Left parties, which provide it with key outside support, the Indian government revived its plan to privatise three key state-owned power-generating companies to raise money
 arrow Japan to ban exports of pirated goods
The Japanese government has decided to ban exports of products that infringe copyright, such as pirated CDs and DVDs, by specifying them as banned items for export under the Customs Law, government sources
 arrow Crackdown on trading houses: Shift to quality or supply crisis?
There has been a lot of uproar about hoarding of commodities by a group of 'trade syndicate' in recent times.
 arrow China textile products losing competitiveness
Textile products from China are losing competitiveness as export tax rebates are being lowered and the currency is gradually rising, state media reported Friday.
 arrow Corporate Bazaar kicks off today
In a bid to showcase all types of products and services necessary for running a business, a three-day exhibition of corporate houses begins today at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka.
 arrow Trade info centre opens in Ctg Feb 14
With a view to providing export-oriented information for the businesses in Chittagong region, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) will open a trade information centre here in the port city on February 14.
 arrow Pizza Pooch greets kids at Ctg Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut yesterday launched 'Pizza Pooch Birthday Party', a programme tailored for kids, at its Chittagong outlet.
 arrow G7 finance ministers' meet amid discord over yen
World finance chiefs were to convene here on Friday to take stock of the global economy, but tempers looked likely to fray over the contentious issue of the weakening Japanese yen.
 arrow China trade surplus to go on growing in '07
China will continue to see high growth in its trade surplus this year, and could experience inflationary pressures, the central bank said Friday.
 arrow Nokia's new nationwide distribution network launched
Nokia Bangladesh launched its new distribution network at a function in Dhaka yesterday with the aim of 'connecting partners.
 arrow Emirates to fly to Houston
Emirates, one of the world's fastest-growing international airlines, is set to launch services to Houston, Texas - its second destination in the United States starting 3rd December 2007, says a pressrelease.
 arrow Unilever sees net profits surge
Anglo-Dutch food giant Unilever reported a 26 percent net profit rise in 2006 compared with 2005, attributable to divestments, but said sales stagnated in the fourth quarter.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
February 04-February 08, 2007
Local FX Market
US dollar remained stable against the Bangladeshi Taka last week on back of comfortable supply.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers make it 2-1
Bangladesh survived a scare to defeat Zimbabwe by 14 runs in the tense third one-day international at Harare Sports Club yesterday to reach on the verge of winning their first series on Zimbabwean soil.
 arrow Cricket: Sonargaon defy Akram ton
Despite a well-composed hundred by skipper Akram Khan, Old DOHS were under the threat of an ignominious exit from the Kai-Altech Premier Cricket League title race when the defending champions crashedto
 arrow Cricket: Colly creates magic
England shocked Australia by four wickets on Friday to move within sight of a fairytale ending to their disastrous tour.
 arrow Cricket: Mahmud's 2nd offence
DOHS all-rounder Khaled Mahmud was pulled up by the authorities for the second time this season after he abused umpires during the Premier League match against Sonargaon at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium
 arrow Football: Goals galore in JFA Cup
North-Bengal sides Chapai-nawabganj and Gaibandha brushed aside their opponents to advance to the second round of the 3rd JFA Cup Under-15 football championship yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Sharif, Aniruddha share lead
Aniruddha Mazumder and Sharif Hossain are in joint lead after seven rounds of matches in the 27th National Sub-Junior Boys & Girls Chess Championship at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Rain stops play
The third one-day international between South Africa and Pakistan was stopped due to rain after the visitors had scored 217 for eight after 47 overs at St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth yesterday evening.
 arrow Cricket: Afridi faces ban
Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi faces World Cup misery if he's found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute after he was involved in a stormy exchange with a spectator.
 arrow Cricket: Bookie to 'help out'
The alleged bookmaker with links to West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels said on Friday he was ready to be investigated because he had done nothing wrong.
 arrow Cricket: Samuels-Kochar in talks
Below is the transcript of the conversation the Nagpur police say took place between Marlon Samuels and Mukesh Kochar, an alleged bookie, before the India-West Indies match at Nagpur on January 21.
 arrow Cricket: 'Paul typifies us'
England hero Paul Collingwood reflected on the vagaries of batting form after a second successive century saw them to victory over Australia in Melbourne.
 arrow Football: Barca target recovery
League leaders Barcelona are staggering rather than romping to their third successive Spanish title but coach Frank Rijkaard believes that they can recover their poise against Racing Santander on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Empty stands greet players
Thousands of Italian football fans face a Sunday in front of the television set as officials enforce tough rules aimed at curbing hooliganism after a policeman died during a violent match last week.
 arrow Football: Fergie hails defence
Sir Alex Ferguson believes Man-chester United's defence holds the key to their Premiership title duel with Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Beckham is back
David Beck-ham's extended spell on the sidelines at Real Madrid came to an end on Friday when he was included in the squad for the league match at Real Sociedad.
 arrow Cricket: Lara plans ending
West Indies skipper Brian Lara dreams of bringing the curtain down on his international one-day career by leading his country to World Cup victory in April.
 arrow Football: Ferguson defends McClaren
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has warned the English media not to hound national coach Steve McClaren out of his job.
 arrow Tennis: Nigora takes revenge
Ranjam Ram and Prithul Mondol moved to the second round of the Dhaka Bank 21st Bangladesh International Junior Tennis competition at the Ramna Tennis complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Stadia decision next week
UEFA is likely to decide next week on what venues Italian clubs can use in European competition following the clampdown on stadium safety in Italy, a spokesman for the governing body said Friday.
 arrow Football: Pele to start coaching
A Swiss second division football club, Lausanne-Sport, will become the European gateway for a new training scheme for young Brazilian players involving Pele, the footballing legend said Friday.
 arrow Football: Feyenoord lose appeal
Feyenoord's appeal against being kicked out of the UEFA Cup was dismissed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne on Friday.
 arrow Football: Back to basics for Bayern
Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay had a back-to-basics message to teammates as they look to improve on their poor scoring record one week into Ottmar Hitzfeld's new reign with a Sunday fixture at hometo
 arrow Football: Lyon aim to stop rot
French champions Lyon will be desperately trying to get their campaign back on track Saturday after a sluggish return from their winter break.
 arrow Football: Heinze happy at United
Argentina defender Gabriel Heinze insists he is still happy at Manchester United despite struggling to fight his way back into the team.
 arrow Football: Oleguer in hot water
Spanish sportswear manufacturers Kelme have cancelled their contract with Barcelona defender Oleguer after the player questioned the way in which a Spanish High Court has dealt with an ETA hunger striker.
 arrow Football: UEFA urges clampdown on cheats
European football's governing body said Friday that referees have been instructed to clamp down on player protests and cheating in the forthcoming knockout rounds of the Champions League and UEFA Cup.
 arrow Football: Bayern bid for Altintop
Turkish international midfielder Hamit Altintop has received an official offer from Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, his coach at Schalke 04 Mirko Slomka confirmed Thursday.
Metropolitanarrow 11 killed in road accidents
Eleven people were killed and 13 injured in separate road accidents across the country in the last two days.
 arrow 300 slum dwellers live under open sky in Rajshahi
Around 300 slum dwellers are now living under open sky at a newly emerged shoal of the river Padma as the government agencies evicted them after demolishing their thatched houses on the city protection
 arrow Western Australian Parliament members to form Bangladesh caucus
Members of Western Australian Parliament will form a Bangladesh Caucus of Friends with a view to contributing towards further promotion of bilateral relations between the two countries with particular
 arrow Probe into Paltan bomb blast demanded
Leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday demanded proper investigations into the bomb blast that took place at its rally at Paltan in the city in January 2001.
 arrow 'Stop felling of trees to protect environment'
Speakers at a function yesterday called for steps to stop felling of trees in order to protect the environment in the city.
 arrow Ctg mayor returns home
Mayor of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury returned home yesterday noon after attending a two-day international conference on refugee and immigration issues in the Netherlands.
 arrow Two murdered in Bogra
Sherpur police recovered two unidentified bodies yesterday morning at Mirzapur in the district. Police sources said the bodies were found on Bogra-Dhaka high way beside a mosque.
 arrow Trader shot in city
Gunmen shot and injured a trader at Dayaganj in the city's Jatrabari area last night.
 arrow Student stabbed, robbed of mobile phone
Muggers stabbed a Stamford University student in the city's Kotwali area yesterday afternoon and snatched his mobile phone.
 arrow Basanta Utsab at DU begins Feb 13
The three-day Basanta Utsab (Spring Festival) will begin at 7:00am on February 13 to welcome the first day of Falgun at Bakultala on Dhaka University campus.
 arrow Nominations for Chand Sultana Literacy Prize invited
Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) has invited nominations from deserving individuals and organisations for Chand Sultana Literacy Prize 2006.
 arrow Dr Kamal to attend confce on Saarc 2015
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain left for New Delhi yesterday to attend a two-day international conference on 'Saarc 2015: Expanding horizons and forging cooperation in a resurgent Asia' beginning today,
 arrow 34,932 appear in DU 'Gha unit' admission test
The admission test of 'Gha unit' (combined group) for the first year honours course under the 2006-07 academic session of Dhaka University was held yesterday.
 arrow Appeal for help
A garment worker has appealed for financial assistance for the treatment of his wife who has been suffering from cancer.
Nationalarrow Try murder of Khulna journalists
Khulna Metropolitan Union of Journalists (KMUJ) yesterday reiterated its demand for further investigation and trial of journalist Belal murder case and arrest of the killers and the mastermind now onbail.
 arrow Barisal NGOs worried for loan recovery
Non-government organisations (NGOs) in Barisal are worried about realisation of over Tk 50 core micro credits as recipients living in about 54 slums in the city have been evicted from government lands
 arrow Vow to protect rights of Harijans in Satkhira
It was a different day for members of Harijan and Adivasi communities (low caste Hindus) yesterday when over 200 people including owners and employees of restaurants and saloons joined hands in establishing
 arrow Islami Bank swindled of Tk 9.25 lakh
An amount of Tk 9,25,000 was drawn from Gaibandha Islami Bank through eleven fake demand drafts.
 arrow Benapole check post alerted
Surveillance at Benapole border by intelligence agencies has been intensified to prevent corrupt politicians and terrorists form fleeing the country.
 arrow Discussion on Waheedul Haq at Chandpur today
A memorial meeting on the eventful life of renowned cultural personality and journalist Waheedul Haq will be held at Chandpur Shilpakala Academy today.
Point-Counterpointarrow Looking into the future
As a nation we must have belief in certain ideals and we must aspire to build a free and prosperous society -- a legacy on which our next generation can build.
 arrow Overheating of democracy
It is not only India's econ-omy which is reportedly overheating; it is democracy as well. There is some election, or its preparation, going on practically all the year round.
 arrow Microcredit and productive sector
Often there raised an allegation from among those who tend to think over utility and effectiveness of microcredit that microcredit providers extend more of it towards non productive i.e.
Culturearrow 'Appointment 2007': A medley of mediums
Appointment 2007' has brought together the works of well-known artists like Alokesh Ghosh, Hamiduzzman Khan, Farida Zaman, Javed Jalil and others at Shilpangan.
 arrow Folk music festival at Shilpakala ends
The four-day folk music festival ended on February 8 with fanfare.
 arrow Art competition to honour Shaheed Sergeant Jahurul Haque
Liberation War Museum organised an art competition for youngsters yesterday at the museum premises. The event was held to honour Shaheed Sergeant Jahurul Haque.
 arrow 'Traffic Signal': A world often overlooked
Chandni Bar peeped into the lives of bar dancers. Page 3 exposed the glitzy lives of the glitterati and chatterati. Corporate was about wars fought inside the boardrooms.
 arrow Kabir Chowdhury to receive Tagore Peace Award
Eminent intellectual and National Professor Kabir Chowdhury will be honoured with Tagore Peace Award by the Asiatic Society, India, says a press release.
Internationalarrow European diplomats seek breakthrough on Iranian crisis
European countries will seek a breakthrough in the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme when top Iranian negotiator Ali Larijani attends a security conference in Germany this weekend, diplomats told AFP.
 arrow India, Bhutan amend Friendship Treaty
In a changed international scenario, India and Bhutan on Thursday signed a revised landmark Friendship Treaty, which will enable the landlocked Himalayan kingdom greater say over its foreign and defence
 arrow US to give Nepal aid despite Maoist terror tag
The United States said Thursday it will continue to supply economic aid to Nepal after the Maoists join the government, even though it lists the former rebels as a terrorist group.
 arrow Disease fears rise in Indonesia's capital
Fears of disease gripped Indonesia's flood-hit capital on Friday with thousands of people living in cramped emergency shelters and some streets still inundated a week after the city's worst floods infive
 arrow US, N Korea caution on hope for deal
The prospect of initial steps toward ending North Korea's nuclear arms programme brightened yesterday as negotiators considered a plan for Pyongyang to suspend operations at a nuclear plant within two
 arrow Taliban refuse to talk on captured town
Taliban rebels who captured a southern Afghan town a week ago were fortifying their positions after rejecting talks, a tribal chief said Friday as officials played down the situation.
 arrow 'US manipulated intel to link Saddam with al-Qaeda'
A "very damning" report by the Defence Department's inspector general depicts a Pentagon that purposely manipulated intelligence in an effort to link Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda in the runup to the USinvasion
 arrow Rice authorises talks with Syria on Iraqi refugee crisis
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice revealed Thursday that she had authorised diplomatic talks with Syria about the Iraqi refugee crisis, despite a continuing freeze on high-level contacts with Damascus.
 arrow Nato-Russia meet amid US shield tensions
Nato defence ministers held talks yesterday with their Russian counterpart Sergei Ivanov amid tensions over US plans to deploy a missile shield in the Czech Republic and Poland.
 arrow Palestinian deal hinges on West, Israel
The success of the Palestinian unity agreement hinges on whether Israel and the West will lift a debilitating political and economic boycott that precipitated months of unparalled crisis.
 arrow 6 opposition workers killed in Pakistan
Unidentified gunmen ambushed a van carrying activists from the main opposition Pakistan People's Party yesterday, killing six of them and wounding two others, police and a party official said.
 arrow Ruling on Indian dam next week
An expert appointed by the World Bank will announce Monday whether a controversial dam India is building in the disputed Kashmir region violates a water-sharing treaty with Pakistan, the bank said.
 arrow Iraqi insurgents offer peace for US concessions
An Iraqi insurgency group has offered a ceasefire to American troops in return for a set of concessions from US forces, The Independent reported yesterday.
 arrow International caution over Palestinian deal
There was international relief yesterday at the agreement between rival Palestinian factions to form a national unity government, though the United States insisted the Palestinians must commit to peace
 arrow India plans to design, build medium combat aircraft
India plans to design and develop a medium-combat aircraft at a cost of up to 2.27 billion dollars as it seeks to strengthen its military manufacturing prowess, a senior official said yesterday.
 arrow Anna Nicole Smith dies
Anna Nicole Smith, the small-town Texas girl turned Playboy Playmate who fought all the way to the US Supreme Court over her billionaire husband's estate, died suddenly on Thursday at the age of 39.
 arrow Pak police foil bombing plot
Pakistani police said Friday they had foiled a terrorist plot after seizing 10 bombs on a road used by army convoys near the restive tribal region bordering Afgbaistan.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Focus on ADP
A midterm review of the progress on the Annual Development Programme (ADB) chaired by Finance and Planning Adviser AB Mirza Azizul Islam has revealed a rather bleak implementation status.
 arrow Editorial: Spurious medicines, substandard clinics
The on-going drive against adulteration and production of spurious and substandard commodities has already revealed how deep-rooted the problem has become in the absence of supervision, inspection and
 arrow Davos meeting revives WTO hopes
Writing in August (after the Doha Round was put on ice in July, 2006) on WTO efforts towards global trade negotiations, I had expressed disappointment but at the same time avoided pessimism.
 arrow Reconstituted CTG: Instilling hope
Recently many specta-cular events took place in the country, prominent among them being the installation of a reconstituted caretaker government on January 12, 2007 headed by Dr.
 arrow Where is DCC in the streets of Dhaka?
My childhood nostalgia brings fresh the memories when the municipal authority, in the mid sixties and I think even in the seventies, would have the streets sprewn with water and swept by cleaners early
StarTecharrow Introducing digital jewellery
In the near future jewellery will enhance your outlook in a quite different way and at the same time enable you to make phone calls and control devices.
 arrow It's raining apps at Oracle
Last week Oracle announced new versions of its five major product lines at a global event titled 'Applications Unlimited' held on 6 continents, says a press release.
 arrow Affordable solution for Core2 processing
Global Brand Pvt. Ltd, the authorised local representative of Asus recently introduced P5GZ-MX model of Asus mainboard in the Bangladesh market, says a press release.
 arrow 3D Dancers

Literaturearrow Cooking a Pot of Rice
Six weeks after I came to America, I began to hanker for plain white rice, cooked the way my mother used to back in Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka on my Mind
As the plane banked over Dhaka and roared out into the December night, I looked out of the window at the millions of flickering, pulsing gold lights below, sinking further and further away from me.
 arrow Stylish and light
Rage by Balaji Venkateswaran; New Delhi: Penguin Books; 2005; pp.408.
 arrow Movie Criticism: A Response
This writing is a response to Rebecca Sultana's 'Of Paan, Parineeta and Parvati' published in Star literature on 6 January, 2007. I could not keep myself from responding for a number of reasons.
 arrow A Jailhouse Story
I was returning
after a walk though fields grass birds piers markets--
when somebody hailed
me from behind.
'Comrade!' 'Comrade!' he yelled.

 arrow When it Rains in Dharamsala
When it rains in Dharamsala
raindrops wear boxing gloves,
thousands of them
come crashing down
and beat my room.

 arrow Second Daily Star Anthology - Non-Fiction
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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