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Front Pagearrow New ACC to spare none, frame tough laws
The newly formed Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) will seek to have stringent laws and a sea change in the way things are done so that no one could get away with graft.
 arrow Wadud's palatial house seized, Babul sent to jail
Police took control of the luxurious house of former BNP lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan in Khagrachhari yesterday and joint forces recovered more relief materials from different places in the country.
 arrow Belhasa gives cheque to PDB to save contract
Middle Eastern Belhasa group, which is partnering with Oriental Bank scammer Obaedul Karim in multiple ventures in Bangladesh, submitted a cheque of Tk 6.
 arrow Demand for early election getting stronger
The demand for an early election is getting stronger day by day among the political parties, and the two major parties, which are known as traditional archrivals, are increasingly singing the same tune
 arrow Former top official's bail prayer rejected
A Dhaka court on Thursday rejected the bail petition of a former Oriental Bank official, who was arrested on January 22 on charge of misappropriating Tk 40 crore.
 arrow Confusing reports on Bakir's whereabouts
The authorities of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) will investigate whether wanted Sonali Bank trade union leader BM Bakir Hossain slipped through their dragnet due to the elite force's failure to reachthe
 arrow From a clerk to CBA leader, now a millionaire
Sonali Bank trade union leader BM Bakir Hossain raked in crores of taka in the last few years using his trade union influence with the backing of BNP.
 arrow Dhabi Group to set up hospital as proposed by Prof Yunus
Dhabi Group is willing to set up a world-class medical college and hospital in Bangladesh to provide better medical treatment as many people go abroad for treatment spending valuable foreign currencies.
 arrow People to decide whether Yunus succeeds in politics: Chabot
US Congressman Steve Chabot, who left for Washington early yesterday ending his one-day whirlwind tour, said the people of Bangladesh are to determine whether or not micro-finance pioneer Professor Muhammad
 arrow Academics question Prof Yunus' entry into politics
Criticising Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus' micro-credit institution Grameen Bank and his decision to enter politics, a section of academicians yesterday said Prof Yunus has to clarify his ideological
 arrow AL not a party of relief looters, says Hasina
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the caretaker government (CG) not to compare her party with 'wheat and corrugated iron sheet thieves' of the immediate past BNP-Jamaat coalition
 arrow Language Movement veterans...

 arrow Delhi for stable, democratic Bangladesh
India yesterday said it was interested in a democratic, stable and prosperious Bangladesh and would strive to ensure Saarc becomes a vehicle for peace and development in the region.
 arrow Extortionists pour acid on boy as father sues them
Extortionists poured acid on the face of a 10-year-old schoolboy at Demra in the city last night, allegedly failing to compel his father to withdraw a case against them.
 arrow Ship owners' tussle delays jute export
Over 10,000 tonnes of raw jute have been stockpiled at Mongla port over the last two months as exporters could not send those due to non availability of ships resulting from continued tussle between local
 arrow Woes of thousands facing eviction on short notice
Abdus Salam, a candidate for the Secondary School Certificate examination starting on March 8, is now busy along with his parents to pack their things as they have to move from their Damalcourt housein
 arrow Holiday market

 arrow DMCH burn unit in sorry state
Fazila, a three-year-old girl, was lying on a hospital bed with burn injury on her right cheek caused by the flame of a lamp. The burn will leave a mark on the beautiful face of the little girl.
 arrow Accused teacher barred from joining RU
Rajshahi University (RU) Syndicate in a meeting on Thursday night rejected the joining appeal of Mia Muhammad Mahiuddin, a prime accused in the murder case of his colleague professor S Taher Ahmed ofgeology
 arrow Sawn off gun, bomb found at Ruet hall
Police recovered a sawn off rifle and a bomb from Students' Union office of Shahid Selim Hall at Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire on Satkhira border
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) exchanged around 60 rounds of bullet on Padmashakhra border in Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Husband of murdered Sumi held
Police yesterday arrested the husband of Sumi Akhtar, 24, who was strangled to death the day before at her husband's house of Shilmandi village under Sadar upazila of the district.
 arrow Military options open against Iran: Cheney
US Vice President Dick Cheney vowed the United States would "do everything" it can to deprive Iran of nuclear weapons, and refused to rule out military action in a US television interview Friday.
 arrow Pakistan test-fires long-range missile
Pakistan successfully test-fired a new version of its long-range nuclear-capable missile Friday, two days after Pakistani and Indian officials signed an agreement in New Delhi to reduce the risk of an
 arrow Rab seizes gambling materials

 arrow Four more US soldiers killed in Iraq
Four more US soldiers have been killed in two incidents in Iraq, the military said Friday, raising the toll for February to 66.
 arrow US soldier gets 100-yr for rape, murder of Iraqi girl
A US soldier who pleaded guilty to raping and murdering a 14-year-old Iraqi girl and killing her family was sentenced to 100 years in a military prison, the US Army said on Thursday.
Businessarrow Potential buyers enquire about building code
Potential buyers at the REHAB housing fair in Dhaka are enquiring about building code before booking for plots or apartments.
 arrow US-India trade ties to get a high-tech boost
US-India trade, which has seen barriers fall dramatically in recent years, will get an additional boost once a US program fostering high-tech exports goes into effect this year, Commerce Secretary Carlos
 arrow WB asks China to introduce fuel tax to raise revenue
The World Bank has asked China to use the dip in global oil prices to introduce the much-debated fuel tax to raise additional revenue for generating employment as well as energy conservation.
 arrow India urged to overhaul tourist facilities
India needs to improve its creaking infrastructure and slash taxes and red tape, a major tourism industry body said Thursday.
 arrow Malaysia confident to build its own 'Hong Kong'
Malaysia on Friday voiced confidence it will attract billions of dollars in global investments to turn its southernmost state Johor into a metropolis similar to China's Shenzhen or Hong Kong.
 arrow India offers incentives to attract global chipmakers
India has rolled out its semiconductor policy providing incentives in a bid to attract foreign investors, particularly global giants like Intel, AMD, Toshiba and IBM, into chip manufacturing in the country.
 arrow WTO breakthrough a must before Bush's TPA expires
The Doha Round of trade talks must reach a breakthrough by July or they will be stalled once again, World Trade Organisation director-general Pascal Lamy said in Manila on Friday.
 arrow Qatar, Shell launch mega gas-to-liquids project
Qatar on Thursday launched a mega gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in partnership with Royal Dutch/Shell that will cost up to 18 billion dollars, 10 billion of which have already been earmarked.
 arrow Lanka raises interest rates to slow inflation
Sri Lanka's Central Bank raised its benchmark short-term interest rates by 0.5 percent on Friday in a bid to rein in galloping inflation amid rising defence expenditure.
 arrow Coffee helps Nestle record $7.4b profit
Global food giant Nestle on Thursday reported a rise in 2006 net profits to more than seven billion dollars and said prospects for the year ahead looked good as it moves further into the health and wellbeing
 arrow JC Penney Q4 profit falls
Department store operator J.C. Penney Co. said Thursday its fourth-quarter profit fell 13 percent partly due to higher taxes, and it predicted a weaker first quarter than Wall Street expected.
 arrow Oil above $60
Oil prices traded above the key 60 dollar a barrel mark in Asian trade Friday in a market focussed on higher-than-expected falls in some US energy inventories, dealers said.
 arrow New president of Tangail chamber
Abul Kashem Ahmed has been elected unopposed president while Alamgir Khan Menu general secretary of the executive committee of Tangail Chamber of Commerce and Industry, says a press release.
 arrow DHL to invest over $110m in China business
DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, has announced on Tuesday that it will invest over US$110 million in its China business in the next few years, says a press release.
 arrow Japan, Venezuela sign 15-yr oil deal
Japan on Friday signed a 15-year, 3.5 billion-dollar oil deal with Venezuela in a bid to ease its near-total dependence on the turbulent Middle East, companies said.
 arrow Tokyo, London bourses announce alliance
The Tokyo and London stock exchanges announced plans Friday for a business alliance aimed at expanding their global reach, reflecting intensifying competition between the world's top bourses.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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US dollar remained stable against the Bangladeshi taka last week on back of comfortable supply.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Visitors on top
The visiting England A batsmen were in subdued mood, unlike their Bangladeshi counterparts, hardly playing any shots during the course of play on way to consolidating their position at the end of thesecond
 arrow Cricket: 1975: Windies draw first blood
At The Oval, the West Indies won the most eagerly awaited game of the tournament by seven wickets against Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Lee blow for Aussies
Australia's hopes of defending their World Cup cricket crown suffered a huge blow with the official withdrawal of pace spearhead Brett Lee Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif hinge on test
Pakistan cri-cket authorities made clear Friday that Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif will not travel to the Caribbean for the World Cup if they fail to take a dope test.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg hang on for draw
The remaining two seventh round games of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League ended in draws yesterday as Chittagong batted throughout the day to nullify Dhaka's hope of an outrightvictory
 arrow Cricket: Anyone can win: Sobers
West Indian great Garfield Sobers said on Friday the World Cup starting on his home turf next month would be a thriller, with the winner difficult to predict.
 arrow Local Snippets
Mohammad Moniruzzaman was declared the best swimmer in the Bangladesh Police Swimming competition in Uttara yesterday. Inspector general Nur Mohammad distributed prizes among Monir and other winners.
 arrow Cricket: Perfect for Pietersen
A World Cup set in the Caribbean will be the perfect fantasy setting for a cricketer as motivated by the big stage as Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen's boundless talent is matched only by his ambition.
 arrow Cricket: Lara's last shot at glory
West Indies' hopes of becoming the first host nation to win the cricket World Cup depend a large extent on the form of their captain and leading batsman Brian Lara.
 arrow Cricket: Sister knows best!
It may come as a surprise to many cricket fans to find out Ed Joyce is not the first member of his family to play in a Cricket World Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Henin reaches Dubai final
French Open champion Justine Henin produced her best performance since her comeback after her marriage breakdown, making a brave recovery from a set down to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semi-finals
 arrow Football: United go for the jugular
With Chelsea otherwise engaged by the small matter of a League Cup final this weekend, Manchester United can edge another step closer to reclaiming the Premiership title by beating Fulham on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Italian clubs bow out
Italy's flirtation with this season's UEFA Cup came to a premature end on Thursday when defeats for Parma and Livorno left the country without a representative in the last 16.
 arrow Football: 'Scudetto no joke'
Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has hit back at claims the Serie A championship has been greatly devalued by the 'Calciopoli' match-fixing scandal.
 arrow Football: Chubby Ronaldinho
The Spanish press on Friday raised the alarm over the expanding waistline of Barcelona's Brazilian star Ronaldinho who has been under form this season.
 arrow Football: Barca aim to stop rot
Spanish league leaders Barcelona will be looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat when they travel to struggling Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Javier can't wait
Javier Mas-cherano has vowed to make the most of his Premiers-hip second chance at Liverpool after escaping the nightmare of his five month spell at West Ham.
 arrow Football: Leverkusen use experience
Blackburn goalkeeper Brad Friedel claimed his team were outdone by the European experience of Bayer Leverkusen after the German outfit progressed to the UEFA Cup last 16 with a 0-0 second leg draw atEwood
 arrow Football: Desperate times for Bayern
Desperate Bayern Munich boss Ottmar Hitzfeld has issued a rallying call to his troops by claiming every match from now on is a cup final.
 arrow Cricket: Easy wins for Boys, Orient
Experienced opener Masumuddowla anchored Orient Sporting Club to a four-wicket victory over Young Pegasus B in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Int'l tennis coming to town
Five countries including hosts Bangladesh will take part in the Junior Davis Cup Asia-Oceania Zone pre-qualifying tournament from February 26.
 arrow Cricket: Rayed's day in the sun
Rayed's half-century and four-wicket haul was enough to give Uttara High School a huge 121-run victory against Tejgaon Government High School in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers School Cricket competition
 arrow Cricket: SL issues WC stamps
Sri Lanka on Friday issued two commemorative World Cup stamps in a bid to boost its cricketers ahead of the tournament starting in the Caribbean next month.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin helps ailing referee
A pair of gloves worn by Sachin Tendulkar during the Multan Test in Pakistan in 2004 on Friday fetched Rs 1.11 lakh in an auction with the proceeds going for the treatment of an ailing soccer referee.
 arrow Football: Cassano earns Madrid recall
Italy striker Antonio Cassano has been included in the Real Madrid squad to visit city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Primera Liga on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Vieira sidelined
Inter Milan's bid to win the Champions League suffered a setback on Thursday with the club saying that midfielder Patrick Vieira had injured ligaments in his thigh.
 arrow Football: Stadiums reopen across Italy
Italy's interior ministry has reopened to the public 12 more stadiums closed after a policeman was killed by rioting fans earlier this month.
 arrow Football: Beckham dragged into political campaign
Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham has become unwittingly involved in regional Swiss politics after his photo was used to promote the election campaign of a former professional referee-turned politician.
 arrow Football: Capello quashes Emerson rumours
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello moved to quash further murmurs of dissent inside the Bernabeu on Thursday by denying that Brazilian midfielder Emerson had refused to play against Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Juventus seal Grygera deal
Juventus have completed the signing of Czech Republic international Zdenek Grygera, the Italian second division club confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Uefa Cup Last 16 Draw
Newcastle (ENG) v AZ Alkmaar (NED)
Maccabi Haifa (ISR) v Espanyol (ESP)
Rangers (SCO) v Osasuna (ESP)
Sporting Braga (POR) v Tottenham (ENG)
Sevilla (ESP) v Shakthar Donetsk (UKR)

 arrow Football: Catania lose ban appeal
The Italian football federation's disciplinary commission on Thursday rejected Catania's appeal against their stadium ban.
 arrow Football: Hearts owner blows top
Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov launched another rambling rant at Scottish journalists via the club's official website on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Now City for takeover?
English Premiership club Manchester City said in a statement to London's Stock Exchange on Thursday they were having discussions about a possible takeover of the club.
Metropolitanarrow 'Mothers main architect of children's career'
Twenty-seven mothers received 'Ratnagarva Ma Award-2006' at a function in the city yesterday in recognition of their contribution and sacrifice to establish their children in their own fields.
 arrow 5 killed in road accidents
Five people were killed and scores injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow Book on Bangabandhu launched
A book titled 'Father of the Nation' by Afzal Hossain Khan was launched in the city yesterday.
 arrow Five murdered in city
Five people, including a woman, were murdered in separate incidents in and on the outskirts of the city yesterday.
 arrow 'Bangladesh a country of religious harmony'
LGRD and Cooperatives Adviser Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said Bangladesh is a country of religious harmony, with the people of different faiths living in a peaceful atmosphere for ages.
 arrow Muggers kill businessman in Ctg
A businessman was stabbed to death by muggers near Rath Pukur Par in the port city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Saarc states finalise programmes to check drug abuse
Saarc countries have favoured educational programmes for children and empowerment programmes for women and other vulnerable groups to check drug abuse in the region.
 arrow JCD urges DU not to invite Yunus to convocation
Leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) yesterday urged the Dhaka University (DU) authorities not to invite Nobel laureate Prof Dr Muhammad Yunus as the convocation speaker to the 43rd convocation of
 arrow Health adviser visits Justice Habibur Rahman
Health and Family Welfare Adviser Maj Gen (retd) Dr ASM Matiur Rahman yesterday visited former chief adviser to a caretaker government justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman, who is undergoing treatment at the
 arrow Two arms dealers held at Benapole
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) nabbed two arms dealers from Dhannyakhola village near Benapole border area yesterday.
 arrow CU Math Dept reunion in April
A reunion of the ex-students of Mathematics Department of Chittagong University (CU) will be held on the second week of April.
 arrow Bangladesh Sanglap today
The BBC World Service resumes its Bangladesh Sanglap at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city today.
 arrow Attack on SCF activists condemned
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front (SCF) yesterday condemned attacks on its leaders and activists by Islamic Chhatra Shibir cadres in two colleges, says a press release.
 arrow Film festival begins at TSC today
A five-day Bangla film festival titled 'Amar Vashar Chalachitra 2007' begins at Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University (DU) today, says a press release.
 arrow Dr Iftekhar meets UNDP administrator
Dr Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury, foreign adviser to the caretaker government, had a meeting with UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis at the UNDP Headquarters in New York on Thursday, according to a message received
 arrow Boy injured in bomb blast in Jessore
A minor boy lost three fingers of his left hand as a bomb exploded while he was playing with it on Thursday.
 arrow EWB observes Amar Ekushey
Education Watch Bangladesh (EWB) organised a cultural competition on the premises of Public Library yesterday to mark the Amar Ekushey and International Mother Language Day, says a press release.
 arrow Prisoner dies in Khulna
An undertrial prisoner died at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) yesterday morning. He was identified as Zakir Hossain, 45, an accused in a robbery case.
 arrow AIUB convocation tomorrow
The 7th convocation of the American International University-Bangladesh (AIUB) will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city tomorrow at 10:00am, says a press release.
 arrow Death anniversary
Today is third death anniversary of journalist Shah Anisur Rahman. He was the Rajshahi correspondent of the daily Ittefaq.
Nationalarrow Citizens' body demands probe into ex-Jamaat MP's assets, 'corruption'
The Jaldhaka Citizen's Rights Committee has demanded probe into assets of former Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Mizanur Rahman Chowdhury and alleged corruption and irregularities done by him. He is now in jail.
 arrow CI sheets recovered, Krishi Bank official nabbed in Barisal
Joint forces on Thursday nabbed Babuganj Krishi Bank field inspector Probir Kumar while he was realising 'commission' for disbursement of agriculture loan.
 arrow Vow to fight corruption with Ekushey spirit
Speakers at a discussion here yesterday vowed to fight corruption unitedly from society with the spirit of Ekushey.
 arrow Khulna ACC gets 700 complaints in two weeks
The Anti-corruption Commission (ACC) office here received 700 petitions in last two weeks.
 arrow Outlaw escapes from custody
An alleged outlaw belonging to Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) escaped with handcuffs from police custody at nature Sadar Hospital yesterday.
 arrow Hindu family land grabbed in Netrakona
A Hindu land owner --Madan Gopal-- has lodged a complaint to Netrakona Superintendent of Police (SP) bringing an allegation of land grabbing against eight BNP cadres by evicting his family from Sarmushia
 arrow 2 arms traders held at Benapole
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) nabbed two arm dealers from Dhannyakhola village near Benapole border yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow UNDP report and Bangladesh police: Issues and remedies
The Daily Star editorial of February 16 on toning up the police administration could not have come at a better time.
 arrow Educative approaches can reduce corruption
With the tendering of resignation by the Anti-Corruption Commissioner Maniruddin Ahmed, the stage seemed set for re-constituting the Anti-Corruption Commission with more power and authority in order to
 arrow Nepal: Will govt-Maoist unity remain intact?
Fresh fears are being expressed in Nepal on the fate of the hard-earned unity between the seven-party government and the ultra left Maoists, as the latter are calling for total abolition of monarchy and
Culturearrow Weeklong indigenous performing art festival begins
Aweeklong indigenous performing art festival, arranged by the Department of Theatre and Film of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, was inaugurated on February 22 at the Experimental Theatre Stage.
 arrow Teaching children about Ekushey
To observe Ekushey, Karok Nattya Shomproday (KNS), a cultural organisation, arranged a hand writing competition for children at the central Shaheed Minar premises yesterday.
 arrow Eighth Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enniki Festa commences
Eighth Mitsubishi Asian Children's Enniki Festa 2006-2007 took place at the National Art Gallery, Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on February 23, 2007.
 arrow Homage to Louis Kahn
'Light - Suspense - Death' (aka "Penn Station Kills Me") is a new video+architectural installation created by Naeem Mohaiemen and Philadelphia- based architecture collaborative Gensler+Gutierrez.
Internationalarrow Truce is dead, battle for statehood alive: LTTE
Sri Lanka truce monitors pulled out of an embattled northern region where thousands of civilians were on the run fearing a fresh military offensive, as Tiger rebels said the ceasefire was all but dead.
 arrow India renews pressure on Pakistan over militants
India wants better ties with Pakistan but the peace process will only bear fruit if Islamabad fully curbs "cross-border terrorism", the president said yesterday, days after a train between the neighbours
 arrow Diplomats to work on new Iran resolution
Iran is "thumbing its nose" at the international community by expanding its uranium programme, a top US official said, setting the stage for difficult negotiations on new UN sanctions, with the US likely
 arrow Abbas calls for end to 'unjust' boycott
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas called here yesterday for the crippling embargo brought by the world powers to be lifted in the wake of an agreement to form a unity government of Hamas and Fatah.
 arrow Nepali Maoists return to UN camps after funds pledge
Nepal's Maoists, who fled their UN-monitored camps in droves looking for food, are returning after the government promised to improve supplies, their commanders said yesterday.
 arrow Lawyer plans book on Saddam 'secrets'
Saddam Hussein's Iraqi lawyer said on Friday he will write a book revealing "many secrets" told to him by the executed dictator about the fall of Baghdad, his arrest and imprisonment.
 arrow Fire in Latvian home kills 26 people
A fire raced through a home for the elderly and disabled in western Latvia on Friday, killing 26 people, rescue officials said.
 arrow Muslim nations to hold ME talks in Pakistan
The foreign ministers of seven key Muslim nations will meet in Pakistan this weekend to discuss a joint strategy to end the worsening turmoil in the Middle East, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Cluster bomb opponents agree to seek ban by 2008
Forty-six of 49 countries attending a conference on cluster bombs in Oslo agreed yesterday to seek a ban on the munitions by 2008, host country Norway said.
 arrow NZ targets skilled Asian migrants
The New Zealand government has announced a major overhaul of its immigration policy as it targets skilled migrants from Asian countries with a focus on information technology.
 arrow Democrats move to limit Bush authority
Four years ago, Congress passed legislation authorising President Bush to go to war in Iraq. Now Senate Democrats want to take it back.
 arrow Italian president reviews new Prodi coalition pact
Italy's president began a new round of talks on Friday to see whether Romano Prodi can stay on as prime minister and guarantee a stable centre-left government to end the country's political crisis.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Looting of relief goods
The moral bankruptcy of a good number of lawmakers of the immediate-past government has become shamefully evident with the unearthing of large quantity of government relief goods from their possession.
 arrow Editorial: Mangrove forest denuded
Mangroves provide a wall of protection to the coastline. When new accretions emerge out of the sea, these are fledgling, flaccid marshy stretches.
 arrow Easing tensions in the Korean peninsula
The agreement reached on 13 February at the Six-Party (composed of Russia, Japan, South Korea, China, USA and North Korea) talks in Beijing, after more than three years of tortuous diplomacy, has brought
 arrow Cleaning up the rot in politics and business
Disgust or more correctly speaking hatred was probably the overwhelming feeling of the past two weeks.
 arrow Fight corruption on all fronts
In Bangladesh corruption exists at almost all levels of government. It stretches right across the political spectrum.
StarTecharrow The extreme machine of the age
I am sure you are familiar with the term 'godfather'. Except its literal meaning, whenever we come across this term, we immediately anticipate something powerful or a very influential position.
 arrow 'Madame Wikipedia' runs web giant from village HQ
Far from the power-broking of Silicon Valley, the new boss of the Internet giant Wikipedia is a soft-spoken French mother of three, who runs the global success story from a home office in a village in
 arrow Oracle - ‘Vendor of the Year for HR Technology’
Oracle has been named "HRIS (Human Resources Information System) Vendor of the Year 2006" by Human Resources in their latest annual 'HR Vendors of the Year' awards, in recognition of Oracle's market-leading
 arrow Rhythm-Bits

Literaturearrow Immortal Ekushey February
(Translated by Ahmed Ahsanuzzaman and Shuvo Ahsan; abridged for publication)

"Comrades, we shouldn't think of violating Section 144. But that doesn't mean our struggle--our life stops here.

 arrow Of lonely writers, arrogant bureaucrats and old romances
There are times when you miss Taslima Nasrin. The exile she has been in these last many years questions the idea that freedom of expression is a truth we live with in these times in Bangladesh.
 arrow Thousand years of Bengali heritage
We Bengalis claim that we are intellectually and culturally rich. This claim may be questionable. Which country or nation we are comparatively richer than and in what context is also questionable.
 arrow Ekushey
(translated by Syed Manzurul Islam)

Great and noble Twentyfirst, the blood-hued
Twentyfirst February.

 arrow The Daily Star Short Story Contest
The Daily Star literature page invites short stories from all its readers, from here and abroad. The winning entry will be published and awarded a prize of Taka 5000.
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