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Front Pagearrow Obaidul Karim venture inflicts huge loss on Sonargaon Hotel
Revenue earnings of Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel have nose dived due to a mess created by now absconding Obaidul Karim's company Accom Engineering Ltd, which recently abandoned the hotel's astronomically
 arrow Charges pressed against Tarique
Police yesterday pressed charges against Tarique Rahman, eldest son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, and his close aide Mian Nuruddin Apu in connection with a case filed for extorting Tk 1 crorefrom
 arrow Body to review deals with mobile operators
The government yesterday formed a five-member committee to see if the agreements with mobile phone service operators could be amended to increase the government's take in their revenues to 15 percentfrom
 arrow Of joy and pain
Two countries woke up on Sunday in contrasting moods that replicated in their tremendous emotional outburst.
 arrow Wife, brother meet Tarique in jail
Tarique Rahman's wife Zobaida Rahman, his younger brother Arafat Rahman and a cousin met him at the jail yesterday.
 arrow ACC won't rush in netting next graft suspects
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) does not wish to rush in without adequate appreciation of the situation while netting graft suspects.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP of Sherpur, Dulu's close aide held
The army-led joint forces arrested ex-BNP lawmaker from Sherpur-3 constituency Mahmudul Haq Rubel from his West Kafrul residence in the capital yesterday morning.
 arrow Bob Woolmer passes away
Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer died in hospital here yesterday after being found unconscious on the floor of his World Cup hotel room, an official confirmed.
 arrow Ban on indoor politics may go in 3 months
Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein yesterday said the government might lift a ban on indoor politics within three months.
 arrow Jamaat loyalty taken in writing from aspiring CU teacher
A Chittagong University teacher yesterday alleged that a few Jamaat-e-Islami backed teachers took an undertaking assuring to make him a teacher of the university two years back.
 arrow Supreme Judicial Council might be formed
A Supreme Judicial Council is likely to be formed soon to resolve the issue of controversial High Court (HC) Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee who has yet to resign despite cancellation of his LLB certificate.
 arrow Govt expects response from US by Tuesday
The government expects to hear a response from the United States by Tuesday regarding the deportation of AKM Mohiuddin Ahmed, who is condemned to death for the killings of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
 arrow England, Australia stay on track
World champions Australia and England stayed on course for victory in their second matches of the Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean yesterday.
 arrow Move on to make BB more powerful
The Bangladesh Bank might be empowered to temporarily freeze suspicious accounts and confiscate illegal wealth without any court order, in a bid to step up efforts against financial crimes, accordingto
 arrow CG accountable directly to people
Terming the present caretaker government a constitutional government directly accountable to the people, Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said people are evaluating the government's activities.
 arrow Charges pressed against Prof Mohiuddin, Shibir leader Salehi, 4 others
Police yesterday submitted charge sheet in the Rajshahi University (RU) Prof S Taher Ahmed murder case accusing six persons including pro-BNP teacher Prof Mia Mohammad Mohiuddin and RU unit Islami Chhatra
 arrow Govt agency to monitor prices
As part of its action to keep the prices of essential commodities within the purchasing power of the common people, the government is going to set up a separate enforcement agency.
 arrow EC moves again to include expats
The Election Commission (EC) has reinitiated a move to include expatriates having Bangladeshi passports in the voter list.
 arrow Amini gets bail in theft case
Former lawmaker Mufti Fazlul Haque Amini, chairman of a faction of Islami Oikyo Jote (IOJ), and five others yesterday obtained bail in connection with a theft case filed with Lalbagh Police Station.
 arrow SC grants 4 more weeks for judiciary separation
The Supreme Court yesterday granted another four weeks for separation of the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow EU to continue its support to CG in holding credible polls
The European Union (EU) yesterday said they have been reassured that holding the national election is still the primary goal of the caretaker government.
 arrow Tk 1.31cr looted in bank heist
About Tk 1.31 crore has been stolen from Sherpur district branch of Janata Bank. Police believe the incident might have occurred on Thursday night.
 arrow 8 US troops killed in Iraq attacks
Eight more US troops have died in Iraq, six of them in separate bomb attacks in and around Baghdad, the military said yesterday.
 arrow Why detention of Abbas, Quader, Mohiuddin Chy not illegal
The High Court Sunday issued rules upon the government to explain why detentions of former minister Mirza Abbas, ex-state minister Obaidul Quader and Mayor of Chittagong ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury should
Businessarrow MCCI for fiscal incentives to increase productivity
Emphasising fiscal incentives for country's productivity, the metropolitan chamber has urged the government to bring about some reforms in the taxation.
 arrow Practise corporate governance
Finance and Planning Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday urged businesses to practise corporate governance in order to become more competitive in the global market.
 arrow Future of India's special economic zones uncertain
Deadly clashes over India's plans for Special Economic Zones, touted as a way to woo foreign investors and spur economic growth, have cast a dark cloud over their future, analysts say.
 arrow Malaysia says no timeframe for trade deal with US
Malaysia will not set a timeframe to conclude a free trade deal with the United States, deputy prime minister Najib Razak said Sunday. "Malaysia is not tied down to any fixed timeframe.
 arrow China's local govts eye better growth
China's local authorities are aiming for faster growth than the national target, underlining the challenge the central government faces in its efforts to shift the economy's focus to more efficient and
 arrow ADB deputy DG for South Asia arrives tomorrow
Asian Development Bank (ADB) Deputy Director General of the South Asia Department Sultan Hafeez Rahman will arrive here tomorrow on a 6-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Singapore Bangladesh's popular destination for medical travel
An increasing number of patients from Bangladesh are travelling to Singapore for specialised treatment, says a press release. In 2005, Bangladeshis were amongst the top 10 healthcare visitors to Singapore.
 arrow Blair to ask Bush for concessions
Prime Minister Tony Blair is to ask US President George W.
 arrow World economy to see a solid growth in 2007: IMF
The world economy will continue to see a solid growth despite the recent volatility in the financial market, said a senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
 arrow Asia's airports full, investments needed for upgrade
Airports in Asia are operating at close to full capacity and urgent investment is needed for upgrading infrastructure, an industry consultancy said Sunday.
 arrow Pizza Hut, KFC launch offers
Pizza Hut and KFC have launched new offers to entice food lovers offering a 'Personal Pan Pizza' at Tk99 and two pieces 'Hot 'n Crispy Chicken' at Tk 99 to commemorate this year's 'Swadhinata Dibas' or
 arrow Iraq-Iran economy becoming integrated
The economies of Iraq and Iran the largest Shiite-majority countries in the world, are becoming closely integrated with Iranian goods flooding Iraq markets and Iraqi cities looking to Iran for basic services.
 arrow Disney launches retail store in India
After its tie-up with master franchising group, Devyani International Ltd (DIL), Walt Disney on Saturday launched its first merchandise store in India, which will sell its branded kids products.
 arrow Consumer spending in Vietnam to hit $53b in 2010
Consumer spending is estimated to reach VND840-860 trillion (US$53 billion) by 2010, according to Viet Nam's Ministry of Trade.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: A remarkable night
Winning matches is a habit, be it against small or big teams. It's not only true for a team but also for its followers.
 arrow Cricket: A gallant new generation
Former Bangladesh skippers hailed the famous win over India in the Cricket World Cup branding it as a 'unique one'.
 arrow Cricket: The breeding ground is HP
Age is not the only sign of adulthood.
 arrow Cricket: Bravo chief selector
If you are a selector you definitely can't satisfy everybody. And Bangladesh chief selector Faruque Ahmed was no exception.
 arrow Cricket: This win for Manzarul: Bashar
The party began for Bangladesh after their stunning World Cup win over India, but skipper Habibul Bashar reminded teammates they soon have to focus on the next match.
 arrow Cricket: Kapali slams century
Sylhet batsman Alok Kapali celebrates his more-celebrated teammates' World Cup victory against India with a superb 141 that gave Sylhet a solid start in the opening day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th
 arrow Cricket: Ireland KO Pakistan
Ireland gave their countrymen a St.
 arrow Cricket: Latest giantkillers
This World Cup was widely derided in advance for having too many minnow nations.
 arrow Cricket: Joyous Johnston goes to hospital
Ireland captain Trent Johnston was seeking medical treatment for an injured shoulder, just hours after his side completed a stunning victory over Pakistan in the World Cup at Sabina Park.
 arrow Cricket: Destination unknown
Captain Inzamamul Haq and coach Bob Woolmer have refused to speculate about their future, after Pakistan crashed out of the World Cup following a stunning defeat to Ireland.
 arrow Cricket: India in uncharted area
India find themselves in a must-win situation after just one horrible day at the office as they prepare to take on debutants Bermuda in their second World Cup match here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan in pain
The Pakistan cricket team's dismal performance and ouster from the World Cup at the hands of Ireland has shocked the nation and drawn criticism at home.
 arrow Cricket: Gilly predicts six show
Adam Gilchrist believes the World Cup six-hitting show, so spectacularly headlined by record-breaking Herschelle Gibbs, will reach even greater heights as the tournament progresses.
 arrow Cricket: Windies talk Super 8
Hosts West Indies could become the first side to confirm a place in the Super Eights at the World Cup, when they face Zimbabwe at Sabina Park here on Monday.
 arrow Local Snippets
Twenty-two players were on maximum two points after the end of two rounds of games at the 33rd National Chess Championship in the federation hallroom yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: England drop Flintoff for Canada
Andrew Flintoff was dropped because of his off-field behaviour for England's World Cup Group C match against Canada here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Angry Indian cricket fans

 arrow Football: Chelsea's instant reply
Chelsea re-mained on Manchester United's heels in the Premier-ship title race with a comfortable 3-0 dismissal of Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Goals galore for Barca
Samuel Eto'o contributed two goals as Barce-lona won their first away game in La Liga for four months with a 4-0 thrashing of Recreativo Huelva on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Schalke gain priceless win
Schalke coach Mirko Slomka praised his side's ability to squeeze out a precious win while admitting the Bundesliga leaders were sub-standard in Saturday's 1-0 home victory over VfB Stuttgart.
 arrow Raikkonen wins Aussie GP
Finland's Kimi Raikkonen gave Ferrari early season ascendancy with a stroll around Albert Park to win his first Australian Grand Prix in the season-opener here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Robinson feels for Foster
Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson apologised to Watford's Ben Foster for the 'freak' goal that embarrassed his England rival.
 arrow Football: Romario scores another hattrick
Former Brazil striker Romario took his career tally, according to his own records, to 998 goals on Saturday after scoring his third hattrick of the year.
 arrow Football: Capello hanging on hope
Real Madrid coach Fabio Capello said that the Spanish giants can still salvage their stuttering season by winning the La Liga title, the Italian told a press conference here Saturday.
Metropolitanarrow Recover Hatirjheel lake from land grabbers
Coalition of Local Non-government Organisations (CLNB) yesterday urged the caretaker government (CG) to recover the ancient 'Hatirjheel' lake in the capital from the land grabbers.
 arrow Ensure voters' right to information
Mass media can play an important role to help voters elect honest and dedicated people in election, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Human rights showed downward trend in 2006
Human rights in the country showed a downward trend in 2006 as arbitrary exercise of power, including 359 extra-judicial killings by law enforcers, and inefficient democratic institutions like parliament
 arrow Saarc Car Rally leaves for India
Saarc Car Rally left Bangladesh for India through Burimari Port in Lalmonirhat last evening.
 arrow Partial solar eclipse today
Partial solar eclipse from 6:43am to 8:24am is going to be visible over Bangladesh today.
 arrow Jamil made MD of Shipping Corporation
Jamil Osman, additional secretary of Establishment Ministry, has been appointed Managing Director of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation on deputation, said a handout.
 arrow Rejoinder
Dhaka City Corporation Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka in a rejoinder to the report "10 TV Channels: Licences Available at Lightning Speed", published in The Daily Star on March 16, 2007, denied any involvement
 arrow BSF kills 1
A Bangladeshi cattle trader was shot dead while another injured in firing by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Hizaldi in Kolaroa upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow BTV director sent on forced retirement
Bangladesh Television Director for Programme and Planning M Mahbubul Alam, who was made OSD earlier, was sent on forced retirement yesterday.
 arrow Muggers injure Hanif Sangket
Eminent TV presenter Hanif Sangket was mugged in the city's Dhanmondi area while he was returning home from a studio at Bangla Motor in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Immigration Service Code not mandatory
Special Branch (SB) of Police in a clarification has said the Immigration Service Code (IS Code), introduced for air passengers at Zia International Airport, has not been made mandatory.
 arrow Poet Obaidullah's death anniversary today
Today is 6th death anniversary of Poet Abu Zafar Obaidullah.
 arrow Prof Farid acting BOU VC
Treasurer of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) Prof M Farid Ahmed took over as the acting vice-chancellor (VC) of the university on March 16.
Nationalarrow Where harassment is the order of the day for journos
At least 24 journalists faced 'false' cases, five were tortured, three sentenced in 'fabricated' cases and four had to flee Kushtia in last five years.
 arrow Honey production declines as large quantity unsold
A huge quantity of honey is lying unsold with producers in 12 upazilas in Tangail district as big buyers including pharmacutical companies prefer imported processed honey.
 arrow Another wonder crop for farmers in the offing
Farmers will get another wonder crop soon, thanks to the tireless efforts by two scientists of Bangladesh Agriculture Research Institute (BARI) in Joydevpur.
 arrow More 26 to get ACC notice in Sherpur and Jamalpur
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in Sherpur and Jamalpur will serve notices on 26 corrupt suspects including a former deputy minister, a former whip in last parliament and several former lawmakers
 arrow 2 brothers of ex-minister Altaf accused in robbery case
Two brothers of former minister and BNP leader Altaf Hossain Chowdhury have been named as accused among eight people in a case of armed robbery at Mirzaganj Police Station.
 arrow 3rd convocation of KU today
The third convocation of Khulna University (KU) will be held on the university campus at 10 am today, university sources said.
 arrow OMS rice on sale in Khulna
Thirty-two dealers began to sell rice at fair price under the open market sale (OMS) programme at 19 points in the city and 90 points in nine upazilas of the district yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The Next-11
Headlines are grim. But they mask what is shaping up to be one of the world's most amazing turnarounds" -- as the Newsweek article "Bullish on Bangladesh" put it in its June 26, 2006 issue.
 arrow Take a bow, Bangladesh
Having spent so much of my life travelling I often have to watch sport by replay, as has been the case during the group stage of this World Cup.
 arrow Dilemmas of drama, trappings of transparency
So far, two things have driven public support for the caretaker government: its "war" on corruption, and its penchant for quick, dramatic decision-making.
 arrow Uganda: Beyond Lake Victoria
On the northern and eastern fringes of world's second largest fresh water resource, Lake Victoria, sprawls the poor Uganda.
 arrow Alarm bells ring in Nandigram
The state of West Bengal in India has waged a war against farmers with an intention of occupying their farmland, fishponds, homes and hearths.
Culturearrow Adivasi Cultural Festival in the city
Athree-day Adivasi cultural festival kicked off on March 17 at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Public Library, Dhaka.
 arrow National Theatre Festival '07
Complexity in human nature as well as the flawed social structuralism has been presented in diversified ways in Bangladeshi theatre.
 arrow Discussion on Nazrul's poetry held in Beijing
A discussion on our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam's work was held at the Bangladesh Embassy in Beijing recently, according to a press release.
 arrow 'Balod' staged
On the same evening Theatre (Arambagh) staged Balod at the Experimental Theatre Stage. Title of Gazi Rakayet's play Balod is a metaphor.
 arrow Cowell says he's bigger than Springsteen
Simon Cowell says he's bigger than The Boss. In an interview to CBS' 60 Minutes, the American Idol judge says he's worth five times more to Sony BMG than Bruce Springsteen.
Generalarrow Tk 50 cr outstanding power bills in Rajshahi
The arrear electricity bills of Rajshahi Power Development Board have stood at about Tk 50 crore from different government and non-government agencies in Rajshahi.
 arrow Congratulations to Tigers
Political parties, social and sports organisations congratulated Bangladesh Cricket Team for its victory against former world champion India in the World Cup Cricket Tournament in the West Indies on Saturday.
 arrow 25 more open markets from Friday
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) is to organise 25 makeshift "open markets" from Friday after launching 17 marketing centres of their own in the first phase to check price hike of essentials facilitating supply
 arrow Three killed in road crashes
At least three people were killed and 21 injured in separate road accidents in Barisal and Khagrachhari yesterday.
 arrow 23 Ctg houses gutted
A total of 23 houses were gutted damaging properties worth over Tk 31 lakh in three separate fires in the district on Saturday night and Sunday morning.
 arrow RU Students observe Time Killing Day
Students of Accounting and Information System department of Rajshahi University (RU) of 2001-2002 academic sessions yesterday observed 'Time Killing Day' wearing black badges protesting the authorities'
 arrow Desa metre reader held while taking bribe from woman
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested a metre reader of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) from its South Jatrabari office while he was taking bribe from a woman for illegally reducing electric
 arrow PLA team meets chiefs of 3 services
Deputy Chief of Chinese PLA Military Science Academy Maj Gen HU Guangzheng met the Chiefs of three services at their offices in the city yesterday.
 arrow Sex workers to get life insurance support
CARE Bangladesh's partner Durjoy Nari Sangha and Pragati Life Insurance Company have singed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide group life and health insurance support to street-based sex workers.
Internationalarrow Israel urges int'l community to shun Palestinian cabinet
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called yesterday for the international community to maintain a boycott of the new Palestinian unity government amid signs the West may be easing its stance.
 arrow Marchers call for an end to Iraq war
Thousands of anti-war demonstrators, some carrying yellow and black signs reading "US out of Iraq now!" marched on the Pentagon on Saturday, one of several protests worldwide to mark four years
 arrow Israel, US scale back war game amid Iran face-off
Israeli and visiting US forces are holding a biennial air-defence exercise this month but on a reduced scale, partly out of reluctance to stoke tensions with Iran, Israeli security sources said yesterday.
 arrow Lankan navy destroys 2 Tiger ships
Sri Lanka's navy yesterday sank two cargo vessels believed to be smuggling weapons and explosives for Tamil Tiger rebels, the defence ministry said.
 arrow Maoists call strike in 4 Indian states
Indian Maoist rebels, suspected of killing 55 police in an attack last week, on Sunday called for a strike across four eastern Indian states to protest the police shooting 14 villagers.
 arrow US military seeks turning point in Iraq
Four years after the invasion of Iraq, US commanders now believe a new strategy backed up by tens of thousands of extra troops at last has a chance to put an end to the sectarian slaughter.
 arrow Musharraf defends removal of judge
President Gen Pervez Musharraf defended his decision to remove Pakistan's chief justice and insisted Saturday that he had no personal differences with the former top judge.
 arrow N Korea nuclear talks move forward
The six-nation agreement on shutting down North Korea's nuclear arms programme is "on schedule" after negotiators agreed on some key implementation details in talks yesterday, the US envoy said.
 arrow 3 children killed in Thai school attack
A deadly attack on an Islamic school in Thailand's restive south that left three students dead and seven injured sparked hundreds of Muslim villagers to rioted Sunday in protest.
 arrow Zimbabwe crisis at tipping point, Tsvangirai tells BBC
Zimbabwe's main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai said yesterday that the crisis-hit country was at a "tipping point", in a telephone interview with BBC television.
 arrow Taliban chop noses, ears of drivers
Taliban guerrillas chopped noses and ears of at least five truck drivers in eastern Afghanistan as punishment for transporting supplies to US-led troops, officials and residents said on Sunday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Victory of training, commitment and passion
In all fairness, the magnificent cricketing prowess that Bangladesh showed in a crucial World Cup match with once world champions India at Queen's Park Oval may not be termed as an 'upset' victory inthe
 arrow Editorial: Land recovery drive
It would undoubtedly lift the morale of the people to learn that as much as 12,195 acres of land worth Tk. 2, 554 crore have been recovered from illegal occupiers from 64 districts.
 arrow Of vices and vice chancellors
Strange things bordering on the insane that take us by surprise keep happening in this country.
 arrow Our private universities
I had written an article earlier on our public universities, which was published in the Daily Star on February 23. Then I felt encouraged, and obliged to write a similar article on our private universities.
 arrow Erratic market behaviour
The galloping prices of all essential commodities have plagued the common people for quite some time now.
Letters to Editorarrow The fall of US
Following the failed US-led "war on terror" in the Middle East and its negative impact on the world at large , the US drew negative rating in a poll conducted recently by the British Broadcasting Corp.
 arrow The Caribbean carnival
Eight out of the 16 competing nations have a realistic chance of winning the world's biggest cricket tournament.
 arrow North Korea's next leader
A big inscrutability about North Korea is -- who will be the next leader of the country? There are just about as many speculations as there are political observers of this sealed and secretive country.
 arrow Global warming
This is indeed a great long-term ambitious plan of Europe to reduce emissions by 20% by 2020, although it remains to be seen how good an example Europe will set.
 arrow No more flyovers!
The letter on March 12 by Dr. QMM Zaman has some significance in the context of our country.
 arrow Is it possible?
Reading the news of the arrest of Mr. Tarique Rahman, son of a former prime minister, we were surprised. Is it possible in Bangladesh? Yes, indeed! Now everything is possible in Bangladesh.
 arrow Do we need a political government?
Political government has been proved to be an ineffective system for Bangladesh.
 arrow Caretaker government
The present caretaker government led by Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed is by no means a perfect government and free of flaws.
 arrow Good article
It has been a long time since I read such a nice piece --"The rise and fall of Tarique Rahman". I know how tough it is to write something like this without fearing the reprisals that may follow.
 arrow Why not "Gono Shakti" ?
The naming of Dr. Yunus' political party troubled me but I was not surprised. If one pays a little attention to the meanings of the word "Nagorik" and "Gono", the striking difference will be apparent.
 arrow Voter ID in the wrong hands
I have been reading different opinions on voter ID cards and its completion time frame-- one year.
 arrow Why this change?
The new caretaker government has now become a toast of the common people (who are not involved in any criminal activities) for taking unprecedented steps to remove the blatant anomalies from society.
 arrow Directorate of Environment
Whenever we talk about corruption we blame police, customs, income tax, Wasa, electric department, City Corporation etc.
Star Cityarrow City rivers polluted like never before
Unprecedented pollution in the four rivers surrounding the capital is not only causing untold suffering to millions living on their banks but also threatening the existence of these rivers.
 arrow Few more years to complete?
Construction work of Swadhinata Stambha (Independence Monument) at Suhrawardy Udyan will need a few more years to complete, sources said.
 arrow Heritage in wrong hands
Incompetence, poor management, and lack of institutional capacity, skilled manpower and proper legal framework are some reasons holding back the Department of Archaeology (DA), said architects and conservationists.
 arrow Chairman says Rajuk authority not curtailed
Top officials of Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) ruled out the idea of curtailing Rajuk's authority over demolishing illegal structures by the government.
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