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Front Pagearrow Vow to build poverty-free Bangladesh
The Daily Star yesterday honoured 733 students from the English medium schools for achieving outstanding results in O-level and A-level examinations of 2005-06.
 arrow Graft-infested Chandpur power project seeks to hike cost
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed holds his first meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) today to consider approval of 15 projects, including a couple of controversial ones,
 arrow Suppliers' credit favoured with 'motive for graft'
The volume of suppliers' credit increased by 248 percent during the five-year period of the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance government (FY'02-'06) compared to the corresponding period of the Awami League (AL)-led
 arrow More relief materials seized from BNP leaders' houses
Security personnel yesterday recovered 565 corrugated iron (CI) sheets and 63 blankets meant for relief from a ward commissioner's office in Dhaka and 69 other CI sheets from the house of Mymensingh's
 arrow BNP chief, top leaders differ on 'mistakes'
Differences of opinion between BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and top leaders of the party on vital organisational matters are increasing day by day as the latter urged her to take initiative for self-correction
 arrow Three get world highest marks in 3 subjects
Three Bangladeshi students obtained the highest marks in the world in three subjects in the O level examinations held in November 2005.
 arrow Full of passion, inspiration
Most of the outstanding young talents expressed their desire to serve the nation through establishing themselves in different fields, mainly science and technology.
 arrow Dhaka needs to strengthen anti-money laundering law, criminalise terrorist finance
A US report said despite some advancement Bangladesh government's anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing regimes should be strengthened to comply with international standards.
 arrow Criminal case against Huda for using 'fake' registration number
Dhanmondi police filed a criminal case against former communications minister Nazmul Huda on Thursday for using an automobile with a fake registration number.
 arrow Former minister Hafizuddin sued for killing
Former water resources and commerce minister Major (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed has been sued again in a killing case.
 arrow 7 suspected JMB cadres arrested
The law enforcers arrested seven suspected cadres of the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in Naogaon and Natore districts yesterday and the day before.
 arrow Industry ministry probe report today
The industries ministry probe body investigating Monday's devastating fire at the BSEC Bhaban at Karwan Bazar in the capital submits its report to the ministry today. The report will be made public tomorrow.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
HRC Shipping Limited sent a rejoinder to news items published in The Daily Star on February 22 and 24 on export being hampered due to tussles between foreign and local ship owners.
 arrow Deer seized from Falu's retreat
Forest Department yesterday seized 15 spotted deer from Baganbari (retreat) of former BNP lawmaker Mosaddek Ali Falu at village Gohail in Shimulia Union of Ashulia.
 arrow Fire at button factory in N'ganj kills one
One person was killed and two others were injured in a fire that broke out at a factory at Nandalpur under Fatullah Police Station yesterday morning.
 arrow Hearing tomorrow on prayer for Naser Rahman's remand
Hearing of the prayer for remand of former lawmaker and Moulvibazar district BNP chief Naser Rahman will be held tomorrow at the Sylhet Sadar magistrate's court.
 arrow Hawkers' markets at Paltan, 11 other spots soon
LGRD and Labour & Employment Adviser M Anwarul Iqbal yesterday said the government has decided to allow a new hawkers' market at Paltan Maidan in the city on Sundays.
 arrow Weather to improve today
The weather is going to improve from today after the whole day's gloom yesterday with a couple of hours' drizzle early in the morning, the Met office said.
 arrow GD alleging fraud by recruiting agency
A businessman from Faridpur has filed a general diary (GD) against Moosa Bin Shamsher, owner of manpower recruiting agency Datco, on charge of misappropriating Tk 1.
 arrow Bodies of two domestic helps recovered
Police recovered bodies of two teen-age domestic helps at Uttara and Dhanmondi in the city yesterday.
 arrow Decomposed body of young man recovered
The decomposed body of a young man carrying the identity card of a former student of Dhaka University (DU) was recovered from Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus yesterday.
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire at Benapole
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) personnel and troops of Border Security Force (BSF) of India traded gunshots at Putkhali border of Benapole in Satkhira after BSF troops gunned down a Bangladeshi cattle trader
 arrow First round of NID programme starts today
The first round of the 15th National Immunisation Day (NID) begins across the country today with an aim to give polio vaccines to 2.4 crore children under five years of age.
 arrow ALCWC meets today
Awami League (AL) holds its Central Working Committee (ALCWC) meeting today to discuss the latest political situation and party reforms.
 arrow Six powers agree on framework for UN resolution on Iran
The United States, four European powers and China have agreed on the framework for a new UN resolution toughening sanctions on Iran, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said yesterday.
 arrow Seoul, Pyongyang reach deal on family reunions
South and North Korea reached a deal yesterday to resume reunions of families separated during the Korean war in a step at improving ties that were chilled by Pyongyang's weapons tests last year.
 arrow Deadly tornadoes strike southern US
A string of tornadoes that struck the southern United States left at least 20 dead, including eight teenagers killed when the roof of their school collapsed, reports said yesterday.
 arrow Ex-Taliban defence minister detained
Pakistani security forces captured the former Taliban defence minister, Pakistani intelligence officials said yesterday, in what would be the highest-ranking leader from the Afghan insurgency to be arrested
Businessarrow More bank branches in remote areas to improve situation
Despite a steady growth in remittance inflow, a major portion of remittances enter into the country through illegal and informal channels due mainly to insufficient number of bank branches in remote areas
 arrow Further cut in call charges in future
Country's leading mobile phone company Grameen Phone (GP), which has a 11 million subscription base, has laid bare a plan to pump in more than Tk2100 crore to improve its network ensuring a world class
 arrow NBR moves to reduce revenue shortfall
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has initiated a drive to minimise revenue shortfall this fiscal.
 arrow DSE indices fell on panic sales
Share price indices on the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) fell last week due mainly to panic sales by the investors unnerved by the crackdown on alleged corrupts and financial frauds.
 arrow EU declines to sign FTA with Pakistan
Pakistan is likely to loose its biggest market with the European Union declining to sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with it, arguing that the size of Pakistan's economy is not big enough for such adeal.
 arrow Japan offers compromise with China on gas: Report
Japan has proposed to China joint development of a broad area around disputed gas fields in a bid to resolve a key source of friction between the Asian powers, a newspaper said Friday.
 arrow $47b Indian textiles set to reap benefit
The exceptionally growing 47-billion dollar Indian textile sector got a leg-up from the 2007-8 budget presented in Parliament earlier this week when Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram announceda
 arrow DHL launches awards for young entrepreneurs
DHL, the world's leading express and logistics company, has announced the launching of its Young Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (YES) Awards.
 arrow Prize giving ceremony of Maggi soup recipe contest
The prize giving ceremony of Maggi Soup Winter Recipe Contest-2007 was held yesterday in Dhaka. Nutritionist Prof Siddika Kabir gave away prizes among the winners.
 arrow Telekom Malaysia proposes listing Spice on Indian bourse
Malaysia's biggest telecommunication operator Telekom Malaysia (TM) has started moves to list its partly-owned mobile operator Spice Communications on India's stock exchange, the company said.
 arrow Power brokers to meet in London, Geneva soon
Ministers from four key power brokers in the World Trade Organisation -- Brazil, the European Union, India and the United States -- will meet in the next few days to try to unblock global trade talks,
 arrow GM sales up 3.4pc
General Motors said Thursday its February vehicle sales rose 3.4 percent from the same month a year earlier, attributing the gain to improved showroom sales, especially of light trucks.
 arrow China's second-hand auto market booming
Sources with China Automobile Dealers Association (DACA) said that secondhand vehicles in 2006 witnessed a trading volume of 1.9059 million, a year-on-year increase of 31.
 arrow S'Asia benefit most from Saudi remittances
Nearly 70 percent of Saudi Arabia's USD 14 billion in out bound remittances go to South Asia as Indians are the largest foreign workforce in the kingdom.
 arrow Oil above $61 in Asian trade
Oil prices held steady above 61 dollars Friday as traders shrugged off global equities turmoil and focussed on strong oil demand, traders said.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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US dollar remained stable against the Bangladeshi taka last week on back of comfortable supply.

Sportsarrow Football: Goalless draw in eventful opener
The B.League got off to a moderate start as Abahani and Muktijoddha showed all the signs of early season fragility to share points in a goalless draw yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar pretty pleased
Habibul Bashar had said before the match that he believed Canada would be a tough opponent but even the Bangladesh captain did not quite anticipate exactly how hard the North Americans would actuallycome
 arrow Cricket: England dark horses
England ski-pper Michael Vaughan be-lieves Eng-land can be a force to be re-ckoned with at the World Cup after their recent one-day renaissance.
 arrow Cricket: It's not cricket at times
Where there's cricket, there's controversy and at the 2003 World Cup the phrase "It's not cricket" vied for attention with on-field contests.
 arrow Cricket: Brittle BD A batting
Bangladesh A stumbled in their first innings again against visiting England A with the ball being rolled for only one session on the second day of the four-day match at the Shaheed Chandu Stadium in Bogra
 arrow Cricket: Sobers to open the World Cup
West Indies legendary all-rounder Sir Garfield Sobers will officially open the 2007 World Cup, organisers said on Friday. The 70-year-old Sobers will open the 16-team event in Jamaica on March 11.
 arrow Local Snippets
Sohel bowled Rayer Bazar School to a four-wicket victory over Rashid Adarsha High School in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament at the Kalindi cricket ground.
 arrow ICC names WC officials
Four groups of officials, each comprising four umpires and two match referees, will oversee the group stages of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Ten Doeschate carries slim Dutch hopes
The slim hopes of any success the Netherlands team has at the World Cup lie firmly in the hands of talented South African all-rounder Ryan Neil ten Doeschate.
 arrow Cricket: England look to Freddie
Most cricket fans, especially when they are young, dream of hitting the world's best bowlers for huge sixes, taking wickets with searingly fast deliveries, holding sharp slip catches, captaining their
 arrow Cricket: From outsider to insider
Kevin Pietersen's ribs, rather than his bat, could have a major impact on England's World Cup campaign.
 arrow Cricket: Allan hails Pak removals
Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border on Friday welcomed Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif's withdrawal from the World Cup, saying the tournament could not afford any possible doping scandals.
 arrow Football: Soccer overshadowed by violence
Hooliganism's ugly shadow has put Spain's top of the table clash on Saturday between Barcelona and Sevilla in the shade.
 arrow 1992: The New World Cup
This was the World Cup that thought it was a league. All played all in a qualifying round that went on forever. It format fair, but about as exciting as the Nullarbor Plain.
 arrow Cricket: PCB blasts Speed remarks
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has taken strong objection to the recent remarks of Malcolm Speed, the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive, about Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif withregards
 arrow Football: MU face Anfield hurdle
Rio Ferdinand insists nothing can be decided this weekend but it would take a brave man to bet against Manchester United reclaiming the Premiership title if they can beat Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Faruq win enables qualification
Omar Faruq's win in the first match of the day was enough for Bangladesh to reach the qualifying stages of the Junior Davis Cup in the pre-qualifying competition at the Ramna Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WC victory vital for WI morale, says Lloyd
West Indies cricket legend Clive Lloyd believes victory in the World Cup would be a crucial boost to morale in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Sonn ICC chief until year 2009
Percy Sonn will continue as president of the International Cricket Council (ICC), extending his term at the helm to three years.
 arrow Football: Drogba Africa's best footballer
Chelsea and Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba was on Thursday named African Footballer of the Year, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on its website.
 arrow Football: Beckham vows to keep fighting
Former England captain David Beckham said in an interview published Friday that he was now an "underdog" but claimed he could still "perform at a high level" for another three or four years.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho tops China poll
Chinese football fans have voted Barcelona's Ronaldinho their favourite foreign footballer, according to a survey released this week. The 2004 and 2005 World Player of the Year won 10.
 arrow Tennis: Youzhny reaches Dubai final
Mikhail Youzhny, one of the three hottest players on the ATP Tour at the moment, continued his career-best start to a season by Friday reaching back-to-back finals.
 arrow Football: Inter not wavering
Inter Milan's record run of 17 consecutive league wins came to an end in midweek, but with a 14-point lead at the top of the table, the runaway Serie A leaders are not panicking.
 arrow Football: Gunners on the edge
A season which promised so much for Arsenal is teetering on the brink of disaster ahead of their Premiership meeting with Reading on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Strugglers take on leaders
New Hamburg coach Huub Stevens will be looking to build on his side's return to form as they continue their battle against the team's first relegation in Bundesliga history against leaders Schalke 04.
 arrow Football: Premiership eyes HawkEye
The English Premiership will push the game's rulers to follow the example of tennis and introduce HawkEye technology to end uncertainty over goal-line decisions.
 arrow Football: Parreira wants Benni back
South African coach Carlos Alberto Parreira expects in-form star striker Benni McCarthy to end his long boycott of the national team after finding his feet in the English Premiership.
 arrow Football: Zlatan ends Sweden snub
Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, absent from the Swedish national side in recent months, will be available for selection for their Euro 2008 championships qualifier against Northern Ireland, the Swedish football
 arrow Football: Kachkar pens Marseille takeover
Canadian businessman Jack Kachkar said Thursday he has completed the takeover of struggling French footballing giants Marseille after signing the final sale agreement with current owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus.
 arrow Football: Eboue handed 3-match ban
Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue was handed a three-match ban by the Football Association (FA) on Thursday after being found guilty of violent conduct.
 arrow Football: Passarella given community service
River Plate coach Daniel Passarella has been handed 27 months of community service after being convicted of the illegal importing of a yacht, judiciary sources said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Ramos demands serious action
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos said Friday that he was still in shock two days after being knocked unconscious by a bottle thrown from the crowd during a Spanish King's Cup quarterfinal against Real Betis.
 arrow Football: Bento dead
Former Portugal goalkeeper Manuel Galrinho Bento, whose international career stretched from 1972 to 1992, died in hospital here on Thursday, local media reported.
Metropolitanarrow Bangladesh to do better under honest, dynamic, efficient leadership
Outgoing Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Chai Xi yesterday said Bangladesh with its tremendous potentials in social and economic development would do better as long as it is piloted under an honest, dynamic
 arrow Hasina urges students to focus on studies
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the students of Azimpur Girls School and College to concentrate on studies to uphold the glorious image of the institution.
 arrow 3 brothers get life for murder in Rajshahi
A trial court has convicted three brothers and sentenced them to life imprisonment in a sensational murder case.
 arrow Two traders shot in city
Three extortionists were caught by local people after they shot and injured two traders at a phone-fax shop at Maghbazar in the city on Thursday night. However, another extortionist managed to escape.
 arrow 'Enact laws to protect consumers' rights'
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to formulate laws protecting the rights of the consumers.
 arrow US to hold drug enforcement training
The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold a 'Basic Drug Enforcement' training course in Bangladesh in the spring this year with the existing State Department narcotics assistance funds.
 arrow Fazle Hasan Abed wins Kravis prize in leadership
Brac Founder and Chairperson Fazle Hasan Abed has been selected for the second annual Henry R Kravis Prize in leadership. The prize, which carries 2.
 arrow Muslims should unite to overcome problems
Visiting American Islamic scholar Imam Yahya Hendi yesterday said Muslims across the world should unite instead of focussing on division to overcome the problems faced by the Muslim Ummah.
 arrow 9 organisations fined Tk 19.4 lakh for pilfering Ctg WASA water
Nine industrial and commercial establishments have been fined Tk 19.40 lakh for pilfering water of Chittagong WASA, evading revenues and installing deep tubewells without permission.
 arrow Reforms must before polls
Ongoing reform activities must be completed before holding the next general election to prevent the political criminals from entering parliament.
 arrow Body found on roof of six-storied building
Police recovered the body of an unidentified man in a sack from the rooftop of a six-storied building in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday morning.
 arrow Six Indian citizens held in Sherpur
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) arrested six Indian citizens at Burunga in Nalitabari in Sherpur district on Thursday.
 arrow Manikganj Bar Assoc executives
Advocates M Rahmat Ali and M Luftor Rahman have been elected president and general secretary of Manikganj District Bar Association.
 arrow Mother hands over drug-addict son to police
A mother handed over her drug-addicted son to police in the district town on Thursday.
 arrow Blood Donation Programme at EWU
East West University held a day-long blood donation programme for Spring Semester 2007 at the ground floor of its Foundation Building in the city on Wednesday, says a press release.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap today
The BBC World Service resumes its 20th edition of Bangladesh Sanglap today at 5:45pm at the China-Bangladesh Friendship Conference Centre in the city.
 arrow Two PBCP activists held in Rajshahi
Police arrested two cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) ML Red Flag faction from Shalbagan areas in the city yesterday evening.
 arrow Silver jubilee of Engr University School
The silver jubilee ceremony and reunion of Engineering University Higher Secondary School in the city will be held on Friday, March 30 on the school premise, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Ex-BNP lawmaker Amzad Hossain Sarkar sued
A case has been filed with Saidpur police station against former BNP lawmaker from Nilphamari-4 constituency Amzad Hossain Sarkar and five others for alleged misappropriation of Tk 50 crore in the name
 arrow 8 hurt in police action as farmers block highway for urea in Gournadi
At least eight people were injured in police action to disperse farmers who blocked the Barisal-Dhaka highways near Mahilara bus stand in Gournadi upazila yesterday demanding adequate supply of fertiliser.
 arrow Virus attack damages Tk 1500 shrimps in Satkhira a year
Shrimps worth over Tk 1500 crore are damaged every year in Satkhira district due to virus attack, which can be checked with little government initiative.
 arrow Saifur 'help up' Tk 58 cr approved by ECNEC
Former finance minister M Saifur Rahman was allegedly reluctant to release Tk 58 crore funds dredging of Mongla port cnahhel allocated by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) at
 arrow Fresh probe into journo Harun murder demanded
Speakers at a discussion meeting at Khulna Press Club yesterday demanded fresh investigation into the murder of journalist Shaikh Harun-ar-Rashid Khokon to punish the killers who were dropped from the
 arrow 'Sealed' diagnostic labs operating in Khagrachhari
Two 'illegal' pathological laboratories, sealed by a mobile court on February 27, is operating again in Khagrachhari town.
 arrow 21 dropped from charge sheet
Twenty-one accused has been dropped from charge sheet in Banglsdesh Chatra League (BCL) activist Nuruzzaman murder case in Kuakata.
 arrow Lalon festival begins in Kushtia
A three-day Lalon festival styled Dol Purnima, marking the 115 th birth anniversary of the mystic poet and spiritual personality, began yesterday at his shrine at Cheuria.
 arrow Donation for cultural activity
The Isamoti Samaj Unnyan Uddog, (ISUG), a local socio-cultural organization in Debhata in Satkhira district, donated Tk 46,000 to the Upazila Shilpakala Academy recently to purchase musical instruments
Point-Counterpointarrow Extended care: Doctrine of necessity under irreversible circumstances
There is no denying that, as of now, Bangladesh does not have a representative government.
 arrow ID card: Where do we stand?
Everybody knows the failure of the then Election Commission in its attempt to introduce voter ID card in 1995. Not only was the money wasted, but its failure is also often cited as a negative example.
 arrow Prospective mining sector
The country is blessed with a proven reserve of more than 2000 million tons of high quality bituminous coal in Jamalganj, Barapukuria, Khalashpir, Phulbari and Dighipara coal basins.
Culturearrow 'What is Reality?': Shawon Akand's solo art exhibition
Shawon Akand's solo exhi-bition titled 'What is Reality?' is a breath of fresh air in the local art scene. His art expresses the social and political issues of the day.
 arrow Ramesh Chandra Dutta Conference Centre at Chhayanat inaugurated
A new conference centre, dedicated to the memory of Ramesh Chandra Dutta, was inaugurated at the Chayyanat Sangskritik Bhaban on March 1.
 arrow Sazu Khadem: An actor turned art director
Sazu Khadem is an actor turned art director on the small screen and theatre. He has designed stages for several TV shows, creating the appropriate ambience and he also does interior decoration.
Generalarrow Workshop on arsenic mitigation held
A workshop on sustainable arsenic mitigation through community initiative and local government support was held in Jessore recently, says a press release.
 arrow Hearing on prayer for Naser Rahman's remand tomorrow
Hearing on the prayer for remand of former lawmaker and Moulvibazar district BNP chief Naser Rahman will be held tomorrow at the Sylhet Sadar magistrate's court.
Internationalarrow US senators push for military action against Pak al-Qaeda camps
Members of the Senate on Thursday urged the Bush administration to consider ways of taking military action against al-Qaeda camps in Pakistan if President Pervez Musharraf is incapable of acting on his
 arrow 'Anti-terrorism laws abused in Lanka'
Anti-terrorism laws in Sri Lanka have led to widespread and systematic rights abuses, a panel of global jurists said yesterday, charging government forces of extra-judicial killings and torture.
 arrow Benazir decided to skip anti-Musharraf meeting
Former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto has decided to skip a conference of parties opposed to President Pervez Musharraf scheduled to take place in London later this month, an aide said on Friday.
 arrow Indian army airlifts thousands stranded on Kashmir road
India's air force has airlifted to safety more than 5,000 people stranded for days in sub-zero temperatures on a Himalayan highway by avalanches and landslides, officials said yesterday.
 arrow New signs of US-Syria thaw as senior official sets visit
Washington pressed its new policy of diplomatic opening, saying Thursday it will send a high-ranking official to Syria for the first time in two years.
 arrow 'Pakistan becoming terrorist sanctuary'
A top Iranian cleric accused Pakistan yesterday of becoming a "terrorist sanctuary," following an upsurge of violence on the two nations' border area that Tehran blames on plots by arch foe the United
 arrow Climate change as dangerous as war
Climate change poses as much danger to the world as war, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday as he urged the United States to take the lead in the fight against global warming.
 arrow Cassini snaps new views of Saturn
Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has snapped never-before-seen images of Saturn showing the planet from perspectives above and below its ring system, the national space agency said on Thursday.
 arrow Palestinian factions delay submitting cabinet list
Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas said they need more time and will not announce a line-up of ministers for a unity government as planned yesterday.
 arrow Archaeologists find Hera statue
A 2,200-year-old statue of the goddess Hera has been found in a wall of a city under Mount Olympus, mythical home of Greece's ancient gods, archaeologists announced Thursday.
 arrow Bird flu fight is hit-and-miss across Asia
Bird flu is on the march again across Asia as winter ends, but the battle against the killer virus is being hobbled by stark differences between the region's diverse countries, health experts warn.
 arrow Counterfeit medicines flood developing world
Counterfeit medicines, some of them sold over the Internet, are swamping unregulated markets in developing nations with sometimes fatal results, the UN drug control watchdog said on Thursday.
 arrow Al Fayed wins battle in Diana case
Mohamed al Fayed won a court battle yesterday to have a jury preside over the inquest into the deaths of Princess Diana and his son Dodi Fayed.
 arrow Canada scientists peer into Arctic abyss to see future
Canadian-led scientists plan to peer into big cracks in the Arctic ice cap hoping to glimpse the future of navigation along the famed Northwest Passage from Europe to Asia, a researcher told AFP Thursday.
 arrow Peru ruins remains of 2,300-yr-old solar observatory
Thirteen towers aligned on a hill in Peru are the remains of a 2,300-year-old solar observatory and calendar, which pre-dates even the Inca civilisation, according to a study published Thursday.
 arrow Top militant shot dead in Kashmir
A top Kashmiri militant accused of killing 16 Hindus in the revolt-torn Himalayan region was shot dead in a gun battle with troops on Friday, a defence spokesman said.
 arrow Triplets for Indonesian who lost three girls in tsunami
An Indonesian woman whose husband lost his three daughters in the 2004 tsunami has given birth to three healthy baby girls, hospital staff said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Public confidence in judiciary
So exalted is the tradition of the institution of the highest judiciary in the country that people prefer not to use the word 'controversy' in relation to any outgoing chief justice, rather leavingit
 arrow Editorial: Creative people
At a function sponsored by Prothom Alo and Grammeen Phone as many as 60 persons were felicitated and awarded with crests, citation certificates and mobile phones for their achievement in various spheres
 arrow Evil nexus between syndicates, adulteration and hoarding
We have had non-elected governance for nearly four months. The first ten weeks were an example of missed opportunities. The last forty days have however been a stark demonstration of accountability.
 arrow Development sells, not slogans
The voting pattern in India is undergoing a change beyond conjectures. There were times when Pakistan or Kashmir would be an issue at every election, provincial or central.
 arrow Towards shaping a new Bangladesh!
The original intention of the caretaker government system was to have an interim arrangement for conducting the routine functions only. Its ultimate job was to ensure a free and fair general election.
Literaturearrow Magpies and Traffic-Jam
Is there anyone who will not tremble with fear when suddenly the person hears his or her name pronounced by the announcer at a huge international airport? Usually since you are waiting as a transit passenger
 arrow Tales of a Few Kitties
I suppose it is a bit curious that I have never really read much of New Zealand literature.
 arrow On Humayun Ahmed and Mohammed Zafar Iqbal
When my editor asked me to review two bestsellers, preferably novels, at this year's Ekushey Book Fair, I was at a loss, for I am by no means a devoted reader of contemporary Bangladeshi

 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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