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Front Pagearrow Tarique being grilled at JIC as forces raid Hawa Bhaban
As the intelligence officials of Joint Interrogation Cell (JIC) started grilling former prime minister Khaleda Zia's son Tarique Rahman, the joint forces yesterday raided BNP chairperson's office in Hawa
 arrow Obaidul Quader arrested, ex-Jamaat MP surrenders
The joint forces arrested Awami League (AL) Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader, raiding another AL leader's house in the city's Khilgaon area early yesterday.
 arrow AL, BNP deny getting any official order restricting movement
Both the BNP and Awami League (AL) yesterday denied reports that the government has restricted the movements of Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow Costly govt lands allocated at throwaway prices
Massive corruption, nepotism and malpractice marked the allocation of costly land to set up CNG filling stations during the rule of immediate past BNP-led alliance government.
 arrow Mohiuddin sent to Bandarban jail
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury was sent to Bandarban Jail from Chittagong central jail yesterday morning, sources said.
 arrow Arrests of Quader, Mohiuddin demoralise AL leaders
Leaders of Awami League (AL) have become frustrated by the recent arrests of some of their party colleagues including the party's Joint General Secretary Obaidul Quader, and Chittagong City Corporation
 arrow 'EVM will make voting process easy, reliable'
The Institute of Information and Communication Technology (IICT) of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) yesterday held the demonstration of a recently developed electronic voting
 arrow Tigers cruise to victory
Bangladesh sent Scotland spinning to a seven-wicket defeat in a World Cup warm-up here on Thursday to make it two wins out of two after their stunning dismissal of New Zealand.
 arrow Dhaka-Kolkata train service from Apr 14
India and Bangladesh have decided to launch a train service between Kolkata and Dhaka on April 14, marking first rail link between the two neighbours.
 arrow Bangla Bhai aide Khamaru arrested
Police arrested Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai's close aide Mahtab Khamaru at a mosque near his house at Talgharia in Bagmara upazila after Juma prayers yesterday.
 arrow Five DU halls raided, 12 outsiders held
Members of the law enforcement agencies raided five dormitories of Dhaka University (DU) at midnight last night and picked up 12 outsiders.
 arrow 37 more deer rescued in Rangpur
The joint forces rescued 37 deer from the possession of a BNP leader and two businessmen at Sahebganj under Rangpur Sadar thana and two places of Haragachh municipality under Kaunia upazila on Thursday
 arrow Hasina to spend time writing
As all political activities have been banned by the caretaker government, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina plans to spend her time writing. "Now politics is banned...
 arrow Forex worth Tk 2cr seized at ZIA, one held
Custom officials at Zia international Airport (ZIA) seized foreign currencies worth about Tk 1.87 crore from a passenger of a Singapore-bound flight on Thursday night.
 arrow Muggers kill pvt firm staff, loot Tk 2 lakh in Ctg
Muggers shot dead an executive of a private company and took away around Tk 2 lakh in Hathazari upazila of the district on Thursday night.
 arrow Mahila Dal in Bogra sued for staging protest rally
Bogra police yesterday filed a case against several leaders of Jatiyatabadi Mahila Dal, woman wing of BNP, under the State of Emergency Rules 2007, as they brought out a procession and held a rally in
 arrow Two kids injured in Kamalapur fire die at DMCH
Two minor siblings, severely injured in Thursday's fire at their house at Kamalapur in the capital, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) early yesterday.
 arrow Repair work starts...


 arrow Production at JFF comes to halt again
Production at Jamuna Fertiliser Factory, the country's largest urea fertiliser factory, was again suspended early yesterday due to technical faults.
 arrow Rejoinder and our reply
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan in a rejoinder sent to The Daily Star on a news item titled 'BNP chief, top leaders differ on mistakes' published on March 3 claimed that there had not beenany
 arrow Film artiste Rosy passes away
Noted film artiste Rosy Afsari died of kidney failure at Birdem Hospital in the city at 4:30 pm yesterday. She was 60. Family sources said she was suffering from kidney disease for the last fouryears.
 arrow BSF guns down Bangladeshi farmer
Border Security Force (BSF) of India shot dead a Bangladeshi farmer on Beurjhari border under Baliadangi upazila of Thakurgaon district yesterday morning.
 arrow Correction
The news report titled "Tarique remanded in extortion case" that was published in The Daily Star on March 9, 2007, stated, "Tarique has been charged with extortion of Tk 1 crore from a construction firm,
 arrow Holiday market...


 arrow India will join trans-Asian rail project
India has decided to join a trans-Asian rail project that will connect vast parts of Asia and Europe, seeking to give a boost to trade and tourism.
 arrow Manipur rebels kill 6, injure 18
Five people were shot dead in a bakery and another person killed by a bomb in separate late night attacks by militants in India's restive northeast, officials said yesterday Gunmen burst into the bakery
 arrow Greek Cypriots tear down wall dividing Nicosia
A concrete wall in Nicosia symbolising the decades-old Cyprus conflict was demolished by Greek Cypriots early yesterday to make way for a crossing point in the heart of the world's last divided capital.
 arrow Syria trains thousands of rockets on Israel
Syria has positioned on its border with Israel thousands of medium and long-range rockets capable of striking major towns across northern Israel, military and government sources told AFP.
 arrow Democrats for pullout from Iraq in 2008
US Democrats unveiled a double-pronged attack on President George W. Bush over Iraq Thursday, demanding the withdrawal of all US combat troops from the unpopular war as early as March 2008.
 arrow US forces seize 16 'al-Qaeda' men in Iraq
US forces in Iraq captured 16 suspected insurgents yesterday including an Al-Qaeda leader known as "The Butcher" because of his penchant for beheading capitives, the military said .
 arrow UAE grants citizenship to stateless people
The interior ministry has granted citizenship to 1,294 stateless residents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the first group to benefit from a promise made last October, local media reported yesterday.
Businessarrow File cases against loan defaulters
The Ministry of Commerce has ordered the Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) to take immediate action against borrowers from the Export Promotion Fund (EPF) that have defaulted on their loans, some of which
 arrow Turnover down on selling pressure
Turnover on the stock exchanges fell last week due to selling pressure amid the ongoing crackdown on corruption suspects and financial frauds.
 arrow Indian Leftists sceptical of proposed microfinance bill
India's proposed Micro Finance Development and Regulation Bill 2007 has run into reservations voiced by Left parties which provide crucial outside support for the government of Prime Minister Manmohan
 arrow Gender equality contributes to S Asian growth: WB
Gender equality plays a major role on economic growth and poverty reduction in South Asia, according to World Bank.
 arrow China introduces law on private ownership
China presented its parliament on Thursday with a long-awaited and controversial law that would further enshrine private ownership in a country where the concept was once virtually stamped out.
 arrow Phoenix Finance declares 25pc dividend
Phoenix Finance & Investments Ltd has declared a 25 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on December 31, 2006.
 arrow India in talks with Gulf states
The government on Thursday said it is holding talks with several countries including Japan, China and in the Middle-East to secure crude oil supplies and explore the possibilities of mutual investments
 arrow Second Nikko shareholder dismisses Citigroup offer
A second U.S. investment firm dismissed Citigroup's $10.8 billion buyout offer for Japanese brokerage Nikko Cordial Corp. as far too low, pressuring the U.S. bank to sweeten its bid.
 arrow IFC's Asia, Latin America senior official due today
Farida Khambata, regional vice president (Asia & Latin America) for IFC (International Finance Corporation), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, is expected to arrive in Dhaka today on a three-day
 arrow Brazil wants to relaunch WTO talks together with US, Germany
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva suggested on Thursday making joint efforts with the United States and Germany to relaunch stalled global trade negotiations.
 arrow Oracle to buy Hyperion
Oracle has announced that it has agreed to buy Hyperion Solutions Corporation, a leading global provider of performance management software solutions, through a cash tender offer for $52.
 arrow China confirms plans for forex investment vehicle
China confirmed for the first time on Friday that it is setting up a state-controlled investment body to seek higher returns on its foreign exchange reserves, the world's largest at one trillion dollars.
 arrow US economy adds 97,000 jobs
US employers added 97,000 jobs in February, the Labor Department reported Friday, suggesting the world's biggest economy is still expanding despite weakness in the housing and auto sectors.
 arrow US, ROK haggle over tariffs in agriculture, auto
US and South Korean negotiators haggled Friday over how to revise trade rules in auto and other sensitive sectors at talks on forging a free trade agreement (FTA), officials said.
 arrow Oil prices slip
World oil prices pulled back in early European trading on Friday when traders paused for breath following a surprise drop in US energy inventories which had sparked big gains.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
March 04-March 08, 2007
Local FX Market
US dollar remained stable against Bangladeshi taka last week on back of comfortable supply. The market remained unchanged against taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers' prep perfect
Nothing could have been better than the way Bangladesh cricket team completed their build-up to the Cricket World Cup when they pulled off an emphatic seven-wicket victory against Scotland in the second
 arrow Football: Hosts' happy hunting
First round winners Brothers Union and Khulna Abahani both stumbled in the second week of the B. League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tamim 'faces the ball'
Their combined ages still make them younger than Brian Lara, but if Kieron Pollard and Tamim Iqbal can have even half the career the great West Indian has enjoyed, they'll be happy.
 arrow Cricket: Eng A win one-day series too
England A also clinched the one-day series against their Bangladeshi counterparts with one match in hand when they took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series by convincingly winning the second
 arrow Cricket: Sean shines for Zim
Sean Willi-ams's unbea-ten 72 saw Zimbabwe to a six-wicket win against Bermuda in their final World Cup warm-up match here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Cup dented in India
The expensive silverware to be awarded to the winner of cricket's World Cup in the Caribbean has been damaged while on display in India, organisers said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Al Amin guides Mariners
Al Amin grabbed five wickets as Dhaka Mariners earned a two-wicket victory against Eskaton Sabuj Sangha in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League at the Dhaka University ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Iqra, Manarat win
Iqra Model School rode on a massive total to secure a 58-run victory against Shaheed Police Smrity School in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket tournament at the East End Club
 arrow Local Snippets
Natore blanked Chuadanga 3-0 in a final phase match of the JFA Cup Under-15 Football Championship at the Banani Army Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tikolo stars for Kenya
Kenya captain Steve Tikolo stole the show with an impressive all-round display which gave his side a nine-run victory over the Netherlands in a World Cup warm-up match here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara sounds warning
Record-breaking Brian Lara delivered the news all bowlers feared on Friday -- he intends to keep playing into his 40s.
 arrow Cricket: Sehwag promises runs
Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag has promised to justify captain Rahul Dravid's backing with a bucketful of runs for India at the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar going thru' hell
Disgruntled Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar Thursday said his failure to make it to the World Cup in the Caribbean had caused him great pain. "I am going through hell.
 arrow Football: Dark night for Spain
Spain's love-hate relationship with European competition this season endured another roller-coaster journey in the UEFA Cup on Thursday with neither of the country's four sides managing to scrape a win.
 arrow Cricket: 2003: Ponting on fire
The combination of hosts South Africa's early exit, Australia's incredible dominance, the surprise results of Kenya and Zimbabwe and the ridiculous length of the tournament meant that some gloss wereoff
 arrow Football: Clash of the titans
AS Roma coach Luciano Spalletti gave high praise to Manchester United with whom they were drawn in the European Champions Laague quarterfinals here on Friday.
 arrow Football: Anti-climactic El Clasico
Barcelona and Real Madrid have even more to prove than usual in their derby match in the Catalan capital on Saturday after both Spanish giants crashed out of the Champions League this week.
 arrow Cricket: Easy win for Irish
Paceman Dave Langford-Smith grabbed four wickets as debutants Ireland thrashed Canada by seven wickets in a World Cup warm-up match here on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Dunga leaves out Ronaldo
Ronaldo was left out by Brazil again on Thursday when coach Dunga named his squad for this month's friendlies against Chile and Ghana in Sweden.
 arrow Football: Sheva ambushed?
Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko on Friday denied he spoke to a German internet site expressing his deep dissatisfaction with manager Jose Mourinho and saying he has had "better coaches.
 arrow Football: Hitzfeld urged to stay
Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld insists he will leave at the end of the season, but club captain Oliver Kahn and president Franz Beckenbauer on Thursday pleaded with the veteran coach to stay.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho sweating on Real clash
Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard will likely have to do without Brazilian star Ronaldinho for Saturday's La Liga showdown at the Nou Camp against Real Madrid, the Catalan club reported on Thursday.
 arrow Football: L'pool takeover close to completion
Liverpool's takeover by George Gillett and Tom Hicks is close to completion after they told the stock exchange that they have bought 80.7 per cent of all shares in the Premiership club.
 arrow Football: Inter need derby tonic
Runaway Serie A leaders Inter Milan can ease some of the pain felt after their Champions League exit by defeating city rivals AC Milan on Sunday and continuing their march towards the Scudetto.
 arrow Football: Carlos to leave madrid
Brazil's Roberto Carlos, one of the world's greatest footballers over the past decade, has announced he will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season, Marca newspaper reported on Friday.
 arrow Football: Bayern relieved
Bayern Munich defender Willy Sagnol said on Friday his club were happier to face AC Milan than Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
 arrow Rossi targets title revenge
Italy's five-time world champion Valentino Rossi said his disappointment in last year's championship has added to his motivation to win in 2007, starting with the season-opening race in Qatar on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ferguson respects Roma
Sir Alex Ferguson insists Manchester United will not underestimate Roma when they meet in the Champions League quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: FIFA lifts ban on Kenya
FIFA on Friday lifted a ban on Kenya from international football slapped on the country more than five months ago for failing to abide by the world sport body's regulations.
 arrow Football: Mourinho happy to play away
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is adamant he is not worried about playing away from home in the second leg of his side's Champions League quarterfinal against Valencia.
 arrow Football: Crouch has nose surgery
Liverpool striker Peter Crouch had surgery on a nose injury on Friday that will rule him out of England's Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra.
 arrow Badmintorn: Badminton presses for equal pay
The Badminton Players Federation (BPF) is trying to capitalize on women having gained equal prize money at the Wimbledon tennis championships to demand equal prize money on badminton's new Super Series
 arrow Football: Hammam re-elected as AFC chief
Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed Bin Hammam has been re-elected unopposed to a second four-year term, with his position to be formalised in May.
Metropolitanarrow New healthcare initiative launched in C'nawabganj
'Clustering programme', a new initiative taken experimentally in the country's health sector, has been launched in Chapainawabganj district to make the existing health and family planning programme "more
 arrow 9 ex-MPs from Khulna, Narail sued
Senior Accounts Officer of Khulna Divisional Office of T&T Board filed nine separate cases with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court on Thursday naming nine former lawmakers of Khulna and Narailfor
 arrow Train derails in Comilla
Train movement on Dhaka-Chittagong route remained suspended for two hours as a bogie of a special train derailed at a place between Laksam junction and Nauti railway station yesterday.
 arrow 2 'muggers' killed in gunfight with Rab
Two alleged muggers were killed in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members at Hazaribagh in the city on Thursday night.
 arrow Make EC truly independent for credible polls
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need for making the Election Commission (EC) truly independent for holding a transparent and credible election in the country.
 arrow Chemical Congress begins at DU
Bangladesh Chemical Congress 2006 began yesterday at Dhaka University (DU) with participation of a number of chemists, chemical engineers and chemical technologists from home and abroad.
 arrow Forest adviser visits Madhupur Eco Park site
Forest and Environment Adviser Dr CS Karim yesterday visited the Eco Park site at Madhupur upazila in Tangail.
 arrow Enactment of right to info act demanded
South Asian Free Media Association of Bangladesh (Safma) organised a workshop on 'Reforms and election reporting by the electronic media' at a hotel in resort town Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Journal on participatory action research launched
Speakers at the launching ceremony of a quarterly journal yesterday said participatory action research could raise awareness among the lower class and minority people.
 arrow Fake zinc fertiliser factory unearthed
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) unearthed a fake zinc fertiliser factory at Pagar in Tongi and arrested two people on Thursday night.
 arrow Captured BSF man handed over to Indian authorities
A jawan of Indian Border Security Force (BSF), who was caught by the local people when he intruded into Bangladesh territory at Char Mazar Diar frontier under Rajpara upazila of the district yesterday
 arrow Int'l workshop on dynamics of food and cash Mar 14
A daylong international workshop on 'Dynamics of Food and Cash: Impact on Livelihoods of the Extreme Poor' will be held at Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the city on March 14.
 arrow 'Mysterious' fire destroys documents at police barracks
Some valuable documents and files of the district administration were gutted in a fire that broke out at the police barracks on the district court premises in Natore on Thursday night.
 arrow 11 admin officials transferred
The government has transferred 11 joint secretaries, some of them as OSD, in a latest reshuffle in the administrative cadre.
 arrow BBC Bangladesh Sanglap in Bogra today
The 21st edition of BBC Bangladesh Sanglap, jointly organised by BBC World Service Trust and BBC Bangla Service will be held at the auditorium of Parjatan Motel in Bogra at 5:45pm today.
 arrow Fire burns down 18 shops in Narsingdi
A devastating fire that broke out in a market at Chalakchar in Monohardi upazila burned down 18 shops yesterday.
 arrow Father, son electrocuted in Nilphamari
A man and his son were electrocuted at West Chikanmati Mollapara village in Domar on Thursday night.
 arrow CA to visit Khulna tomorrow
Chief Adviser to the caretaker government Fakhruddin Ahmed will visit Khulna tomorrow.
 arrow Two PBCP men arrested
Joint forces yesterday arrested two listed criminals and activists of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj district.
 arrow BDR recovers 3 touchstones
BDR members recovered three touchstones of total 1200 kgs worth about Tk 12 crore from two mosques at Dopadi village in Abhoynagar upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow Obituary
Alhaj Mohammad Akhteruzzaman, former additional general manager of Rupali Bank and father of Zayadul Ahsan Pintu, chief reporter of The Daily Star, passed away due to a cardiac arrest at LabAid Hospital
Nationalarrow PSC member's 'illegal' building being demolished in Nilphamari
Two cell phone companies were removing yesterday their two towers set up on the rooftop of the illegally constructed 4-stored building owned by Public Service Commission (PSC) member Mahfuzur Rahman at
 arrow Two farmers share a bag of urea in Nilphamari
Fertiliser crisis during the peak season of Irri-Boro cultivation is affecting crops in Nilphamari.
 arrow More budgetary allocation sought for S-W region
Khulna district unit of 'Shushashaner Jannyo Pracharavijan (Shupro--publicity for good governance), has demanded allocation of necessary funds in next national budget for implementation of different development
 arrow Grand Santal festival begins in Tanore tomorrow
Leaders of indigenous communities in Rajshahi yesterday urged the government to take steps to protect their traditional culture.
 arrow Vow to resist violence against women
It was a unique event for the people of Satkhira town as men came up to campaign against violence against women and to protect their rights.
 arrow Case for closure of Barisal trade fair
A case has been lodged for immediate closure of Barisal International Trade Fair, saying it is affecting SSC examinees. The examination is going on.
Point-Counterpointarrow Reforms must for fair and meaningful elections
In his maiden speech to the nation on January 20, Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed expressed his determination to create conducive environment for making the next elections free, fair and credible.
 arrow The unimportance of being tainted
It is an open secret that govern-ments go to any extent to stay in office. But when they do so by trampling upon the principles of morality, they look ugly and power-crazy.
 arrow Certainly election but truly democratic
The CG has completed a month of its tenure. Its performance has been appreciated by all (nationally and internationally).
 arrow Reducing poverty, boosting economy
The year 1991 appeared as end of autocracy and start of democracy. People heaved ease and thought this time the journey towards establishment of democracy in the society itself would be real and effective.
 arrow Bush administration's U-turn
It was like a bombshell.
Culturearrow Rediscovering the Tagore je ne sais quoi
For over a century Tagore songs have been rendered by numerous artistes, innumerable times. USP of the maestro's songs is the infinite scope of individual interpretation.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
As part of the ongoing National Theatre Festival '07, jointly arranged by Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Chattala Theatre from Chittagong staged Mahabidya
 arrow Installation work at the Independent University, Bangladesh
The inaugural ceremony of a month-long installation exhibition to celebrate the Mother Language Day of February 21, was held recently.
 arrow 'The Mousetrap' Staged
At the National Theatre Stage Padatik Natya Sangsad (TSC) staged Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap on the same evening. The play is set against the backdrop of post World War II Britain.
Internationalarrow Violent demonstrations greet Bush's Latin America tour
US President George W. Bush arrived in Brazil Thursday amid protests at his visit that turned violent at the start of his five-nation Latin America tour.
 arrow N Ireland leaders urged to seize ‘historic' chance
Britain and Ireland urged Northern Ireland's newly-elected leaders yesterday to seize an "historic" opportunity to restore self-rule in the British-run province this month.
 arrow Bill Gates still top dog but rising billionaires catching up
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world, but his lead over other entrepreneurs is narrowing, according to Forbes magazine's list of billionaires published Thursday.
 arrow US likely to pass Japan sex slave bill this month
A US congressional committee will likely pass this month a controversial bill demanding Japan's apology to World War II-era sex slaves, a lawmaker was quoted as saying yesterday.
 arrow Pak cleric faces trial for killing minister
An Islamic cleric accused of shooting dead a female minister because she was not wearing a veil went on trial yesterday at an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan, court officials said.
 arrow Climate change pushes 'African' diseases north: Expert
Global warming is pushing northwards diseases more commonly found in developing countries, posing a risk to the financial and physical health of rich nations, the head of a livestock herders' charitysaid.
 arrow UN urged to create single agency to empower women
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged the world body on Thursday to create a single agency to empower women and girls and fight for their rights.
 arrow Rock scientists to make world's geological map
Rock scientists from across the world will start next week to put together the first geological map of earth in a bid to better understand the planet.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rising price trend
An impression has gained ground among business community that the government's drives against hoarding and illegal structures have upset the supply chain from big cities to rural areas.
 arrow Editorial: Incidence of crime
While the on-going drive against crime has been generally effective, it appears that incidence of mugging and robbery is back on some scale.
 arrow Rising expectations in brightened horizon
Now that Bangladesh is under the stewardship of a suave and sensitive person who seems determined to clean the public life from the depredations of political brats, the expectations of the polity aresoaring
 arrow US needs flexible engagement with adversaries
The latest agreement in the Korean Peninsula has raised hopes. Flexibility in the pursuit of international relations has paid dividends. It has, in a manner of speaking, become a symbol for a new path.
 arrow Reforms first, election next
Charity, they say, begins at home.
StarTecharrow Keep cyber annoyances at bay
Soaring popularity of the internet has dramatically changed our lifestyle and gradually increased our dependency on it.
 arrow Ispab insists on giving VoIP licenses only to local ISPs
The Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh (Ispab) has insisted on legaliation of the Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) only to the local licensed ISPs, and repudiated Bangladesh
 arrow Sony to launch virtual universe
Capitalising on the popularity of social networks and online worlds, Sony will launch its own virtual universe and another 3-D game built almost entirely by players.
 arrow The Medic Bot


Literaturearrow Masud Rana: Super Spy of Transplant Fiction
Yet another Bond movie has come out, this time a remake of Casino Royale. Ian Fleming is long dead, but his creation, the debonair James Bond, Agent 007, keeps popping up in a new face.
 arrow Slack violin strings
Vegemite Vindaloo by David McMahon; Delhi: Penguin India; 2006; pp. 326; Rs. 295.
 arrow "Those who write well, do it instinctively."
Razia Khan is a Bangladeshi poet, novelist, critic essayist and playwright who has been writing since the 1950s.
 arrow Kali O Kolom: Reinforcing a commitment to culture
Kali O Kolom: Chothurto Protishtha Barshiki Shongkhya, Falgun 1413
There is much that will enthuse readers of this fourth anniversary issue of Kali O Kolom.

 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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