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Front Pagearrow A mangrove forest in death throes
A large mangrove is in its death throes because of the greed of shrimp farmers.
A land grabber syndicate has been annihilating the mangrove forest in Goldia Island of Cox's Bazar.

 arrow Amar Ekushey observed with reverence
Barefeet, wearing black ribbons and clutching bouquets of flowers, thousands of people from all walks of life yesterday approached the Central Shaheed Minar in the capital to pay tributes to the fallen
 arrow 2.5 lakh sacks of rotten dates, more relief goods seized
Joint forces during their nationwide drives yesterday recovered various goods including 2,50,000 sacks of spoilt dates, 600 litres of adulterated coconut oil and 250 pieces of corrugated iron (CI) sheets
 arrow BNP ex-MP Wadud's BMW seized
A special taskforce seized former BNP lawmaker Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan's BMW car worth about Tk 3 crore from a garage of his close aide and local BNP leader Mohammad Mahfuz in Khagrachhari yesterday.
 arrow Export hampered as ship owners tussle over cargo
The persisting tussle between foreign and local ship owners is greatly hampering exports making thousands of tonnes of cargo stockpiled at the ports.
 arrow BNP worried as graft cries sharpen against Khaleda, Tarique
The BNP high command is trying to revitalise leaders and workers, who have virtually lost morals having seen the magnitude of corruption by a number of powerful leaders of the party and its front organisation.
 arrow Ekushey brings love to border
Hundreds of Bangla speaking people from Bangladesh, and West Bengal of India had a get together on the no man's land at Benapole border yesterday on the occasion of International Mother Language Day.
 arrow Mughal era mosque in a shambles
A Mughal era architecture, the Parobarpur mosque in Kaliganj, is in a shambles due to lack of proper maintenance and supervision.
 arrow Probe report reveals Tk 43 lakh graft
At least Tk 43 lakh of Shariakandi Pourasabha was misappropriated through bills in the name of fake projects, a district administration probe report reveals.
 arrow Ekushey Book Fair

 arrow Prof Yunus launches his party today
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus formally launches his political party today before leaving for UAE on a four-day visit.
 arrow Current govt's actions constitutionally sound
Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday said the present caretaker government is maintaining the constitutional process and working hard to hold credible elections to ensure good governance
 arrow 3 killed in gunfight over salt bed
Three including a schoolboy were killed and 23 others injured during an hour-long gunfight between two rival groups over ownership of 20 acres of salt bed at a Cox's Bazar village yesterday.
 arrow Cop held for taking bribe
The joint forces arrested a sub-inspector (SI) of Dhaka Metropolitan (DMP) Police while taking bribe from a businessman in Sutrapurt area on Tuesday night.
 arrow Baby's first day out of prison
As Nurunnahar Begum came out of the jail with her one and a half year-old son Bahadur yesterday, the baby took his first breath in the fresh air outside prison.
 arrow More dist-level politicians held
The joint forces yesterday arrested a few district-level politicians and two municipality chairmen across the country.
 arrow Cleaner dies in gas-filled underground water tank
One died and five others were injured as a gas-filled underground water tank exploded at a private university in the city's Mohakhali area yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan, India to talk pull-out from Siachen
Pakistan and India will hold fresh talks on withdrawing troops from a strategic glacier in disputed Kashmir that is billed as the world's highest battlefield, the two sides said yesterday.
 arrow Britain announces start of Iraq troop withdrawal
British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced yesterday the start of the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq just as thousands of additional US troops were arriving there to try to restore order in Baghdad.
 arrow Car bomb kills 13 in Najaf
A suicide car bomber attacked an Iraqi police checkpoint in the Shiite holy city of Najaf yesterday, killing at least 13 people and wounding dozens more, police said.
 arrow Train blast won't stall Indo-Pak peace process
India and Pakistan yesterday vowed not to let the blasts in the friendship train, which killed 68 people on Sunday, to stall the peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbours.
 arrow US wants to leave Iraq "with honour"
Vice President Dick Cheney said yesterday the United States wants to finish its mission in Iraq and "return with honor", despite the war's growing unpopularity at home and doubts among US allies.
 arrow Iran vows to pursue atom project despite UN deadline
Iran vowed yesterday to press on with its nuclear fuel program, ignoring a U.N.
Businessarrow Local producers force up prices of writing materials, books
Heavy import duties on paper are allowing domestic paper producers to reap huge profits, forcing up the prices of writing materials, books and other paper made items, alleged paper retailers, importers
 arrow Buyers hardly match taste with capacity this time
Participation in the housing fair this time by developers has marked a considerable rise and offers from them are many, but buyers can hardly match their taste with capacity in choosing apartments and
 arrow Saarc business leaders see India a roadblock
Leading stakeholders in the Saarc region's trade viewed the Indian attitude as a major roadblock to boosting intra-regional trade.
 arrow Social Investment Bank realises Tk60cr from top 20 defaulters
Social Investment Bank Ltd realised Tk60 crore from its top 20 defaulters in 2006 and another Tk65 crore from other defaulters during the same period, officials said.
 arrow Better pay keeps more Lankans home
War in the Middle East and equal paying jobs at home led to a sharp drop in Sri Lankans working abroad in 2006 as maids, clerks and professionals opted to stay put, an official said Wednesday.
 arrow EU sees huge scope for exports to China
China is holding huge opportunities for the European Union exporters of green technology, high-value goods and business services, a EU study said on Tuesday.
 arrow US ready to ease Cold War-era trade barriers with Russia
US Congressman Tom Lantos will declare here on Wednesday that Congress is ready to cancel a Cold War-era legislative amendment inhibiting US-Russian trade, the Kommersant newspaper said.
 arrow Qatari minister investing in world's most expensive flats
The financial backer of a project to build the most expensive apartments in the world in central London is the foreign minister of Qatar, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Oil prices fall
Oil slid for a third day on Wednesday, but stayed within in a narrow range below $60 a barrel and lacked the impetus to break out in either direction.
 arrow Ford may close more plants
Struggling Ford Motors Co. could be forced to shutter seven more plants and ask its unions for a 20 percent cut to wages and benefits as it faces a financial "meltdown," a respected analyst said Tuesday.
 arrow Bepza meet with workers' representatives in CEPZ
Bangladesh Export Processing Zones Authority (Bepza) organised a meeting recently with the elected workers' representatives of the enterprises in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) to keep investment
 arrow Lottery for Shahjalal Islami Bank's IPO held
The lottery for initial public offering (IPO) of Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd was held on Tuesday in Dhaka, says a press release.
 arrow Lanka telecom sector soars on new mobile connections
Sri Lanka's telecom sector soared in 2006 to 7.3 million users, led by a 59 percent jump in new mobile phone connections on competition and falling call rates, the telecom watchdog said Tuesday.
 arrow Tourists back in Britain after troubled times
Visitor numbers were up at major British tourist attractions in 2006, following a troubled 2005 when London was attacked by suicide bombers, tourism chiefs announced Wednesday.
 arrow NYSE eyes further acquisitions in Europe
The New York Stock Exchange, currently in the process of merging with pan-European rival Euronext, does not rule out making further acquisitions in Europe, NYSE finance chief Nelson Chai said in a magazine
 arrow Japan's central bank raises key rate
Encouraged by signs of robust economic growth, Japan's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to 0.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tushar wary of English
Captain Tushar Imran expects a tough challenge when Bangladesh A take on their England counterparts in the first four-dayer of the two-match series at the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Tariqul traps Khulna
Barisal left-arm spinner Tariqul Islam hogged the spotlight with an eight-wicket haul against hosts Khulna on the second day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea National Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'We are on track'
Australia's battered and beaten one-day cricket side limped home Wednesday insisting its World Cup defence was on track despite an unprecedented 3-0 series pasting from the Black Caps in New Zealand.
 arrow Cricket: NZ's form Taylor-made
The decisive manner in which New Zealand thra-shed Australia this month has put the spotlight on a shy Ross Taylor who is being hailed as the new saviour of New Zealand cricket.
 arrow Cricket: England: Peaking at the right time
England's transformation from World Cup washouts to serious contenders is bound to raise a few wry smiles from players more used to jeers than cheers.
 arrow Football: MU demand urgent action
British sports minister Richard Caborn and Manchester United football club have called for urgent action after United fans appeared to be crushed on a safety barrier in their Champions League match.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers in Antigua
The Bangladesh World Cup squad reached Antigua after nearly two days of traveling. The Tigers arrived in St. John's via Dubai and London and despite the jetlag the players were in good spirit.
 arrow Cricket: Lesson for Indian fans
Trinidad and Tobago's Tourism Development Company has announced plans to teach the Indian and other cricket fans visiting during the World Cup how to play steel pan, the only musical instrument to bedeveloped
 arrow Cricket: Hayden toe under scanner
Matthew Hayden will have further scans on Monday on his fractured big toe to determine whether he will play in the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Shuvo down with typhoid
Abahani and Rajshahi left-arm spinner Suharwardi Shuvo who fell sick during the four-day practice match against England A has been suffering from typhoid and is undergoing treatment at his house in Rangpur.
 arrow Cricket: Only for women!
Male spectators except family members will be banned when Pakistan hosts the eight-team International Cricket Council (ICC) Women's World Cup qualifiers in November, officials said Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Cup full of money
Reggae, rum and Caribbean charm will join the party at the cricket World Cup next month when the revenue generated from 51 matches will be as important to the tournament as the names of the eventual winners.
 arrow Cricket: Young Kenya raring to go
Kenya, World Cup semifinalists in 2003, believe they are ready to return to the world stage after their success in the ICC World Cricket League tournament they hosted in January and February.
 arrow Cricket: Canada don't want to be the worst
Canada are pinning their hopes of a World Cup shock in the Caribbean on a mixture of willing 40-year-olds and a posse of players born outside the country.
 arrow Football: Tie evenly poised
Two typically opportunist strikes by Spanish international Raul boosted Real Madrid's sagging confidence Tuesday as they edged out Bayern Munich 3-2 at the Bernabeu to put one foot in the Champions League
 arrow Football: Controversy reigns supreme
Manchester United snatched a vital 1-0 Champions League last 16 first leg victory in controversial circumstances against French side Lille on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Both camps confident
After stirring themselves for one of their best performances of a season which has been deeply disappointing for both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have it all to play for in Bavaria on March 7 in their
 arrow Football: Tuesday's Results
European Champions League last 16 first leg results on Tuesday:
At Glasgow
Celtic (SCO) 0 AC Milan (ITA) 0
At Eindhoven, The Netherlands
PSV Eindhoven (NED) 1 (Mendez 61)

 arrow Football: Barcelona explain Eto'o absence
Three-time African Player of the Year Samuel Eto'o has been left out of the Barcelona squad that will play Liverpool in their Champions League last 16 first leg match on Wednesday.
 arrow Tennis: Daniilidou survives a scare
Eleni Daniilidou, the popular former top 20 player from Greece, made her second great escape in three days to earn herself the chance to bring down the favourite in the 1.
 arrow Football: Becks restates England ambition
Former England captain David Beckham restated his case that he is still available to play for his country, British media reported on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Milan gain priceless draw
Celtic's hopes of reaching the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in their history were left hanging by a thread after drawing 0-0 with AC Milan here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Mendez downs Gunners
Edison Mendez punished wasteful Arsenal with a stunning strike to clinch a 1-0 win for PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their Champions League first knockout round tie on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sun makes Chinese history
The first Chinese player to appear in the Champions League is sure he will not be the last, predicting more of his countrymen will penetrate Europe's top club tournament.
 arrow Football: Capello mum on future
Real Madrid's under-fire coach Fabio Capello refused to elaborate on his future after Tuesday's 3-2 Champions League round of 16 first leg win at the Bernabeu over Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Rovers raring to go
Mark Hughes believes last weekend's FA Cup display against Arsenal holds the key to Blackburn Rovers' prospects of beating Bayer Leverkusen and moving into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup.
 arrow Football: Maradona to play in Malaysia
Diego Maradona, regarded to be one of the world's greatest footballers, may get to display some of his magic in Malaysia again.
 arrow Football: Mascherano for surprise debut?
Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez revealed that new signing Javier Mascherano could make his debut for The Reds in their Champions League last 16 first leg match against Barcelona on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Bommel apologises for gesture
Bayern Munich's Dutch star Mark van Bommel apologised on Tuesday after he made a gesture towards the Real Madrid crowd with his arm on scoring an important away goal in his side's 3-2 loss.
Metropolitanarrow 37 ASPs transferred
In a massive reshuffle yesterday, the caretaker government transferred 37 additional and assistant superintendents of police (ASP).
 arrow Diversified jute products fair begins in city
A 12-day fair of the diversified jute products (DJPs) began yesterday on Bangladesh Jute Research Institute premises at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the city.
 arrow Nation pays homage to Language Movement martyrs

 arrow Martyrs ignored for long as looters ruled country
Adviser for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said the martyrs' ideology was ignored for long as a section of people with the mindset of plundering public wealth
 arrow Mystery shrouds death of young businessman
Mystery shrouds the death of a young businessman who was found dead at his bedroom at Goalkhali in Khulna city yesterday morning.
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 4 lakh gutted in Ctg
Four houses, three shops and properties worth around Tk 4 lakh were gutted in two separate incidents of fire in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow 2 Dhanmondi roads renamed after Language Movement veterans
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has renamed Dhanmondi Road No. 5 after Abdur Rashid Tarkabagish and Dhanmondi Road No.
 arrow NGO guard killed
A night guard of HEED, an NGO, was killed by unknown assailants at his office at Dakop upazila of the district on Tuesday. The victim was identified as Shital Sarder, 30, of village Achabhuya atDakop.
 arrow Book on poverty alleviation launched
A book titled 'Daridra Bimochan O Manabadhikar Pratistha: Commonwealth-er Rakkhakabach' (Poverty alleviation and establishment of human rights: safeguards for the Commonwealth) was launched at the Amar
Nationalarrow Thousands suffer for want of bridge in Khagrachhari
Around 50,000 indigenous people of 28 villages are suffering just for want of a bridge over the Chenghi river at Vibonchhara-Kongchiari point under Sadar upazila.
 arrow New home for elderly people in Monga-prone Lalmonirhat
A new home for elderly people named 'Rebecca-Reyaz Probin Nibash' has been established at Aditmari Upazila in Lalmonirhat district.
 arrow Ahsania Mission brings hope to drug addicts
Nurul Islam, a resident of Moulvibazar was barely 27 when he started taking illegal drug to counter fatigue. Now at the age of 32, he is a broken man who has lost his job as well as respectability insociety.
 arrow 3-day Ekushey fair in 2 dists
Two fairs began in Manikganj and Khagrachhari to mark the International Mother Language Day yesterday.
 arrow 43 'criminals' arrested
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and police in separate drives conducted in different parts of the district yesterday and Tuesday night arrested 43 alleged criminals and recovered fire arms.
Point-Counterpointarrow Our language and its future
Language, that ubiquitous element, is fundamental to relationships, to building knowledge systems, to innovation, to economic and social progress, and to understanding deeper philosophical questions of
 arrow Putin lures the Middle East
Russian President Vladimir Putin is a shrewd strategist -- perhaps more astute than his American counterpart when it comes to the effective usage of diplomatic muscle to promote and safeguard the political,
 arrow Pakistan's problems
The outgoing US ambassador to Pakistan, Ryan Crocker, has attempted to resolve the apparent contradiction between Washington's view of General Pervez Musharraf as a critical ally in the war against terrorism
Culturearrow Ekushey and the artists
To celebrate February 21, the International Mother Language Day, Unmokta Prodorshoni Ayojan Committee arranged a three-day art exhibition at the Aporajeo Bangla premises at University of Dhaka.
 arrow UNESCO and Meghdut bring poetic talents together
'Kumro phule phule' , a heart rending poem by Abu Zafar Obaidullah, reads as follows "......
 arrow Caught between freedom and captivity
Cultural organisation Tonatuni staged a dance drama based on Rabindranath Tagore's Dui Pakhi on February 20 at the Ekushey book fair, Bangla Academy.
 arrow Golam Mustafa's contribution recalled
To observe Ekushey and pay homage to eminent actor Golam Mustafa, Bangladesh Abbriti Shamonnay Parishad (BASP) organised a poetry recitation programme including a discussion session.
 arrow Songs of yesteryears at National Museum
Cultural organisation Bangladesh Performing Media Centre (BPMC) organised a soiree of songs of yesteryears on February 20. The function was held at the Sufia Kamal Auditorium, National Museum.
Generalarrow Cop caught red-handed while taking bribes
Sub Inspector Syed Moudud Hossain of Kanaighat Police Station in Sylhet was caught red-handed while taking bribes from an expatriate Bangladeshi on Tusesday night.
 arrow Five private clinics sealed in Rajshahi
The authorities sealed off five unregistered private clinics in Rajshahi city during a drive yesterday.
 arrow Shot-gun, 16 cocktails seized, three arrested
Sabujbagh, Shyampur and Jatrabari police yesterday seized 16 cocktails (home-made bomb) and a shot-gun and arrested three people in three separate incidents.
 arrow AL leader beaten to death in Bagerhat: 5 arrested
An Awami League leader was beaten to death by a rival group over a trifle at Chingrakhali village in Morelganj upazila yesterday.
 arrow College teacher stabbed to death in Natore
A college teacher was stabbed to death in Natore on Tuesday.
 arrow More donation for cancer hospital
Major General (Retd) M A Latif donated Tk 5 lakh to Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) in the city on Tuesday.
 arrow Ruet students submit memo
Students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the vice chancellor to establish a Shaheed Minar on the campus.
 arrow Foundation of Shaheed Minar laid at Matin's village
Language Movement hero Abdul Matin yesterday laid the foundation of a Shaheed Minar at his birthplace at Sailajana village under Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj district at an emotion-choked ceremony.
 arrow Scout Day today
Scout Day will be observed in the country today, marking the 150th birth anniversary of Lord Baden Powell, father of the Scout Movement. The day coincides with the centenary of the Scout Movement.
 arrow Amar Ekushey observed at RU
Teachers, Students and different organisations of Rajshahi University yesterday observed the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day violating restriction on holding all sorts of cultural programmes
 arrow 2 NGO workers killed in road crash
Two NGO workers were crushed under the wheels of a minibus at Balrampur on Atwari-Boda road yesterday.
 arrow Sultan Fair begins in Narail tomorrow
An eight-day Sultan Fair will begin at Sultan Mancha tomorrow to mark the 78th birth anniversary of renowned artist SM Sultan.
 arrow Heroin worth Tk 2 lakh seized in Jessore: 2 held
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested two miscreants with 290 grams of heroin worth about Tk two lakh near central bus terminal in the town in Tuesday noon.
Internationalarrow Colombo asks Delhi to step up crackdown
Sri Lanka yesterday asked neighbouring India to intensify a crackdown on suspected Tamil rebel gun-running across the narrow strip of sea dividing the two South Asian countries.
 arrow Ban for 11,000 troops to Darfur border countries
UN chief Ban Ki-moon has recommended sending up to 11,000 peacekeepers to Chad and the Central African Republic to protect civilians caught in the spillover from Sudan's Darfur conflict.
 arrow UN blames Philippine military for murders
The United Nations blamed the Philippine military yesterday for many of the political murders that have rocked the country and pressed President Gloria Arroyo to rein in the bloodshed.
 arrow Maoists flee UN camps in Nepal
Nepal's Maoists who agreed to live at camps across the country monitored by the United Nations as part of a peace deal are leaving in droves because of food shortages, commanders said yesterday.
 arrow '3,000 new Jewish settler homes being built'
More than 3,000 Jewish settlement housing units are being built in the occupied West Bank where the Jewish population is growing steadily, Israel's anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli forces kill Islamic Jihad leader
Israeli special forces dressed as Palestinians killed the leader of Islamic Jihad's armed wing in the northern West Bank city of Jenin yesterday, medical and military sources said.
 arrow Uttarakhand votes amid tight security
India's Himalayan state of Uttarakhand went to the polls yesterday amid tight security, two days after blasts on a train headed to Pakistan killed 68 people.
 arrow Sri Lankan missing from Lebanon war found dead
The body of a Sri Lankan housemaid, missing since Israeli missiles struck the building where she worked during last summer's war in Lebanon, was found Wednesday, police said.
 arrow Boat capsize kills 15 school kids, 3 teachers in India
Fifteen school children and three teachers drowned when their overcrowded row-boat capsized on a reservoir in a southern Indian bird sanctuary, police said yesterday The children were all aged 11 or
 arrow Quake hits eastern Turkey
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the open-ended Richter scale shook the town of Sivrice in the eastern Turkish province of Elazig yesterday, the Kandilli Observatory here reported.
Editorialarrow Editorial: More than a routine visit
Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's whirlwind trip to Dhaka was primarily undertaken to convey the Indian Prime Minister Manmohon Singh's invitation to Chief Adviser of Caretaker Government
 arrow Editorial: Demand for restoration of NPAW
Women and human rights activists have demanded restoration of the National Policy for Advancement of Women (NPAW), which was adopted in 1997 following the Beijing Women Conference and in tune with
 arrow The 'flattening' story and the need for good men
How many flats does a man need? Or, for that matter, how much land does one need at the end of the day. For a greedy person enough is never enough.
 arrow Cardinal sins of Dr. Yunus (or for whom the bell tolls)
According to entrenched, self-seeking and egotistical practicing partisan politicians and their crony columnist lackeys, Dr.
 arrow The right to know
Nagorik Shakti or People's Power is here! Professor Yunus has launched his political party. He should be commended for his forthright decision. It is an honourable course of action.
Star Chittagongarrow Huge pilferage of Wasa water unearthed
Chittagong Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) in its drive against pilferage and wastage of water unearthed numerous incidents of irregularities and realised outstanding bills and revenues.
 arrow Unhygienic, substandard foods served in CU dining halls
The resident students of Chittagong University (CU) are suffering from eating disorders since they are served unhygienic and substandard foods in the dining halls.
 arrow The Matamuhiri...

Star Cityarrow No housing project authorised yet: Rajuk Chairman
None of the existing private housing (land development) projects has approval as per the Private Housing Land Development Rules of 2004, according to several top officials of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha
 arrow Ekushey Observed

 arrow Project remains uncertain
Negligence of the immediate past government stalled the construction work of the International Mother Language Institute in the capital.
 arrow Developers asked not to display unapproved projects
The real estate developers have been asked not to display at the ongoing Rehab Fair their housing projects that have no government approval.
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