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Front Pagearrow Home takes up case for probe, quick disposal
The government has recognised the August 21 assassination attempt on Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina as a sensational case and registered it with the home ministry's monitoring cell for proper investigation
 arrow ACC can use DGFI, Rab, NSI in probe
The head of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday warned its officials of serious measures if they lack integrity, accountability and transparency while performing their duties.
 arrow Independence day today
The nation celebrates today the 36th Independence Day and National Day to pay tributes to the martyrs, who sacrificed their lives for independence.
  arrow Historic Tigers
Bangladesh beat the odds on a rainy day in Port of Spain to write a new chapter in their cricket history by reaching the Super Eight of the Cricket World Cup with a seven-wicket victory over Bermuda yesterday.
 arrow Bird flu found in Jamalpur farms
Avian Influenza virus has been detected in three poultry farms in Jamalpur, senior officials of the Department of Livestock Services disclosed yesterday quoting a laboratory report.
 arrow Security beefed up fearing militant attack
The government has beefed up security all over the country in apprehension of bomb attacks by militants on the Independence Day.
 arrow A friend of a nation fighting for freedom
Father Marino Rigon, a humble Italian priest of a Catholic church, arranged treatment and food for the valiant freedom fighters during the liberation war in 1971, becoming a very important source of support
 arrow Poultry industry faces uncertainty
Leaders of World Poultry Science Association Bangladesh Branch (WPSA-BB) yesterday said the latest outbreak of the bird flu virus will hit hard the export potentials of the country's poultry products.
 arrow CA for hunger-free Bangladesh
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said that the nation would have to join anew a great struggle for building a forward-looking democratic Bangladesh free from hunger, poverty and exploitation.
 arrow Mobile court seizes 2,800 kg Jatka: 21 jailed
Joint forces led by a mobile court yesterday seized 2,800 kg of Jatka (Hilsha fry), sentenced 21 people to one year's imprisonment each and issued arrest warrants against ten jatka suppliers.
 arrow FAQs on bird flu
1. What is Bird Flu?
Bird flu or avian influenza is an infectious disease of birds ranging from mild to severe form of illness.

 arrow Ex-MD Koyes Sami sent to jail
Former managing director (MD) of Oriental Bank Limited Chowdhury Koyes Sami was sent to the Dhaka Central Jail as his petitions for bails were rejected after he surrendered before a Dhaka court yesterday
 arrow Top cop Kohinoor Miah, ex-MP, 4 others sued
A case was lodged with a cognigence court in Mymensingh yesterday in connection with the killing of two people during Nandail municipality polls in 2004.
 arrow Khaleda drops visit to nat'l mausoleum
BNP Chairperson and immediate-past prime minister Khaleda Zia will not take part in Independence Day programmes today even though she is in the capital, sources said.
 arrow Govt to import 12,500 tonnes of fertiliser
The advisers' committee on purchase yesterday approved a proposal for importing 12,500 tonnes of fertiliser to meet the demands of the current boro season.
 arrow PSC faces ire at views exchange meeting
Public Service Commission's (PSC) views exchange meeting turned into a chaos yesterday when the invited guests started expressing their resentments by bringing allegations against PSC members and itschairperson,
 arrow Gun, military uniforms found in CHT
The army yesterday recovered a home-made gun and military uniforms of four countries including Bangladesh from remote Sumburapara village under Panchhari upazila in the district.
 arrow 8 killed in Sirajganj road crash
At least eight people were killed and 12 others were injured in a fatal road accident on the Dhaka-Rangpur Highway in Sirajganj yesterday morning.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'shootout'
Two leaders of the outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) Red Flag faction were killed during a "shootout" between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel and cohorts of the dead at Shanthia upazila
 arrow Seminar calls for mass awareness against graft
Speakers at a seminar yesterday said corruption in the country might not be curbed successfully without ensuring stern punishment for corruption and regular monitoring.
 arrow UN slaps tougher sanctions on Iran
The UN Security Council unanimously voted Saturday to impose additional sanctions against Iran for its refusal to stop enriching uranium a move intended to show Tehran that defiance will leave it increasingly
Businessarrow Govt tries to free economy from loan defaults, tax evasion
The caretaker government is trying to free the economy from the 'culture' of loan defaults and tax evasion, Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday.
 arrow Foreign feeder ship stuck at Ctg port for over 5 days
A Singapore-bound foreign feeder ship remains stuck for more than five days at the outer anchorage of Chittagong port with export goods, mainly apparels, worth over Tk 100 crore due to technical fault
 arrow IMF for further dollar depreciation
The International Monetary Fund will say further depreciation by the US dollar is needed to help correct global imbalances in its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO), Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung said
 arrow Govt moves further to consolidate procurement reform
The government has undertaken further initiatives to consolidate the procurement reform and improve the performance of the system to strengthen the public sector governance, according to the World Bank.
 arrow New quota soon to procure shrimps
A quota system to restore discipline in the procurement of shrimps will be introduced, the new leadership of Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) made an assurance at the organisation's
 arrow EU-US 'open skies' pact clouded by future talks
The European Union and the United States are headed for a dogfight over transatlantic air travel, with Britain determined to ensure that an "open skies" agreement will not leave Europe grounded.
 arrow India blacklists 14 Qatar firms
Ministry for Overseas Indian Affairs has blacklisted 14 Qatar companies at the recommendation of the country's embassy here for not treating Indian workers properly.
 arrow Porsche moves to keep VW in German hands
Prestige automaker Porsche will increase its stake in Volkswagen AG, maker of the Beetle, Golf and Jetta, in a widely expected move aimed at keeping the company firmly in German hands.
 arrow China textile sector to see double-digit growth in 2007
China's textile industry will grow by more than 15 percent in terms of output value, profits and exports year-on-year in 2007, forecast experts with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
 arrow China begins drilling 'Asia's deepest' oil well
Energy-hungry China has started drilling what it says will be Asia's deepest oil and gas well, state media said Sunday. State-owned Sinopec plans for the Chuanke No.
 arrow Chairman of jute spinners assoc re-elected
Sabbir Yusuf, Managing Director of Faridpur Jute Fibres Ltd, has been re-elected as chairman of Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association (BJSA) for the years 2007-08 and 2008-09.
 arrow S Korea urges concessions on FTA with US
South Korea said Sunday that it could strike a deal with the United States if they make concessions at their final free trade talks this week.
 arrow Brazil shuts down Cargill's Amazon port
Authorities shut down an important deep-water Amazon River port owned by Cargill Inc. on Saturday, saying the huge U.S.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: One week on, no clue
One week af-ter the strangling death of Pakistan's cricket coach Bob Woolmer, Jamaican po-lice reported no arrests or conclusive leads, and stressed that team members were not under suspicion at thistime.
 arrow Cricket: India realise, at last
India only have themselves to blame for their World Cup problems, for they lacked courage and conviction to excel at the biggest one-day stage.
 arrow Cricket: Leaving Jamaica
Pakistan's World Cup nightmare in Jamaica was finally over on Saturday evening when they left Montego Bay for home -- but only after their plane had been delayed an hour.
 arrow Cricket: 'Losing Bob hurts more'
Pakistan cap-tain Inza-mamul Haq said Saturday he wanted to forget the tra-umatic World Cup campaign which saw coach Bob Woolmer murdered and his team knocked out in the first round.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers feel at home
The owner of our bed and breakfast dropped us a 10-minute walk away from the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain.
 arrow Cricket: Vandort repairs early damage
Sri Lanka A recovered from early blows and consolidated their position on the first day of the second and final four-dayer against Bangladesh A at the Colts Cricket Club ground in Colombo yesterday, thanks
 arrow Cricket: Martin in for Tuffey
New Zealand have been allowed to replace injured paceman Daryl Tuffey with Chris Martin for the remainder of the World Cup.
 arrow Local Snippets
Sonargaon Cricketers will take on Mohammedan Sporting Club in the Independence Cup cricket final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium today.
 arrow Cricket: Hayden powers Aussies
Defending champions Australia rode on opener Matthew Hayden's fastest World Cup hundred to beat world number one South Africa by 83 runs in a Group A match at Warner Park here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Joyce steers England
Ed Joyce's 75 helped see England to a seven-wicket victory in the winner-takes-all clash against Kenya here Saturday that booked their place in the Super Eight phase of the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting hails 'big win'
Australia captain Ricky Ponting believes his team's impressive 83-run victory over bitter rivals South Africa could be the key to securing a third successive World Cup title.
 arrow Football: Kuranyi masters Czechs
Kevin Kuranyi scored two goals Saturday to put Germany in control of their European Championship qualifying group after a 2-1 victory at the Czech Republic, and Nicolas Anelka kept France on course with
 arrow Cricket: Ed feels strange
England opener Ed Joyce said it would be strange to face his former Ireland team mates in the World Cup second stage following his match-winning contribution against Kenya on Saturday.
 arrow Walkathon ends, fun part today
The 525 participants completed the country's longest walkathon, 'Grameenphone Activate Bangladesh -- Challenge of the Longest Beach-2007', at the Cox's Bazar sea beach yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Eng captain concedes tough week
Michael Vaughan looked back at the end of the World Cup group stages and admitted he had a "week he didn't want to have".
 arrow Cricket: Hayden takes poll position

 arrow Cricket: A mere game
For the third time since the death of Bob Woolmer, flags fluttered at half-mast inside the Beausejour Cricket Ground and the players stood in silent reflection just before the off.
 arrow Cricket: Dhoni home gets more guards
Police were deployed outside the home of Indian wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday as angry cricket fans staged nationwide protests against the team's probable exit from the World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: India embarrass expat fans
They came in their hundreds and left in despair.
 arrow Cricket: In Our Memories Forever...

 arrow Football: McClaren under the cosh
Media critics sharpened the knives for Eng-land manager Steve McClaren on Sunday after a 0-0 draw with Israel in a Euro 2008 qualifier.
 arrow Football: Basten to ring changes
The star-studded Netherlands missed a golden opportunity to virtually seal qualification for Euro 2008 after being held to a goalless draw by determined Romania here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ronaldinho inspires Brazil rout
A double from Barcelona star Ronaldinho inspired Brazil to a 4-0 rout over Chile in a football friendly here on Saturday being used as a warm-up for this summer's Copa America.
 arrow Football: Winning start for Parreira
Carlos Alberto Parreira made a winning start as coach of South Africa when the 2010 World Cup hosts cruised to a 3-0 triumph over Chad in an African Nations Cup qualifier here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: France given racist greeting
France's savouring of a precious 1-0 win over Euro 2008 qualifying rivlas Lithuania was tampered by the brandishing of a racist banner by the home fans here Saturday.
 arrow Football: Adebayor received death threats!
Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor said he was considering his international future after receiving death threats before Togo's 3-1 win over Sierra Leone in an African Nations Cup qualifier on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Loew rests senior players
Germany coach Joachim Loew opted on Sunday to release eight senior players, including captain Michael Ballack, from his squad to face Denmark in a friendly on Wednesday.
Metropolitanarrow Dhaka for equal share of waters of common rivers to promote peace
Bangladesh yesterday called for sharing the flows of common rivers among the co-riparian states on an equitable basis to promote peace and harmony between the neighbours.
 arrow 'Bangladesh highest in Asia'
Speakers at a view exchange meeting in Sylhet yesterday said maternal mortality rate in the country is 320 per 10000 live births, which is one of the highest in Asia.
 arrow Ashtami Snan begins amid tight security
Hundreds of Hindu pilgrims from home and abroad thronged Langalbandh to have a dip in the river Brahmaputra on the occasion of Ashtami Snan amid tight security yesterday.
 arrow Reporters pledge to uphold spirit of Liberation War
The young reporters of ETV's Mukta Khobor yesterday took oath for upholding the spirit of the Liberation War on the eve of the Independence Day.
 arrow Case transferred to metropolitan court for trial
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) Court, Dhaka yesterday transferred the carjacking case against Akter Hamid Paban, son of former chief whip Khandakar Delwar Hossain, and three others to a court
 arrow SCBA polls halted
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) yesterday halted the annual election of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), slated for March 28-29.
 arrow Trader robbed of Tk 17.96 lakh in Gazipur
Muggers yesterday took away Tk 17.96 lakh from a trader on Dhaka-Gazipur highway in Gazipur.
 arrow 881 prisoners released on Independence Day
The government yesterday released 881 prisoners, who were imprisoned for minor offenses, to mark the Independence and National Day. Of them, 41 were released from Dhaka Central Jail.
 arrow Greenherald celebrates independence anniversary
Students and teachers of St Francis Xavier Greenherald School celebrated the anniversary of Independence and National Day through a colourful programme on the school premises in the city yesterday, says
Nationalarrow Arrested Khagrachhari BNP leader Belayet faces 20 cases
Allegations of corruption and land grabbing by an once powerful BNP leader and atrocities by his men here are coming to light as the victims are opening their mouth and the administration faces no pressure
 arrow Waterlogged for years as cry for succour goes unheeded
While croplands, canals and even rivers are drying up in many areas in summer, it is a different picture in Bilpar area in Sylhet city.
 arrow KDA, KCC at loggerheads
Khulna City Corporation (KCC) and Khulna Development Authority (KDA) are again at loggerheads over exercising their official authority and power.
 arrow Khagrachhari farmers forced to buy insecticide with urea
Cashing in on urea crisis and high price of the commodity, most dealers in Khagrachhari have adopted a new method to earn undue profit.
 arrow Motaleb's moneymaker Saudi date saplings
Motaleb did not know that the dates he brought home from Saudi Arabia out of curiosity would open up the door to fortune. Abdul Motaleb returned home in 2001 with a dashed hope.
 arrow 4 more diagnostic centers closed in Barisal
Four more diagnostic centers were closed and five others were fined Tk 2,45,000 during a drive by a mobile court in Barisal city yesterday.
 arrow CI sheets recovered, BNP leader held
Joint forces arrested Manikganj Sadar upazila BNP joint convener and Nabogram Union Parisad chairman Nurul Islam Nuru and recovered 77 pieces of relief CI sheets from his house at Charbaroil village yesterday.
 arrow 7 JMB men sent to Joypurhat jail after quizzing on remand
A Joypurhat court yesterday sent seven militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB) to jail when police produced them before the court after interrogation during a 10-day remand, officials
 arrow Tk 8.7 lakh snatched from trader in Sylhet
Armed miscreants stabbed a businessman and snatched Tk 8,70,000 from him when he was going to a bank in Sylhet city yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Towards a new political dimension
Bengalis were dubbed "the Irishmen of the sub-continent," and a common joke claimed that if three Bengalis were stranded in a desert, their first action would be to establish four political parties.
 arrow A nation amused
Crime doesn't pay unless you happen to be living in Bangladesh. The last few decades we had a nation believing that the only "how" in wealth generation is "how much." Today things are a little different.
 arrow The prescient red and green
Prescient it may have been in the choice of colors, but the story of Bangladesh is right in front of our eyes, in red and green, fluttering in the wind -- proud, vivacious, graceful, and eagerly waiting
 arrow Remembering Andre Malraux and Peter Shore who stood by us in 1971
As the nation celebrates its independence day today, I would like to remember Andre Malraux and Peter Shore, great friends who stood by us in the critical hours of our nationhood.
Culturearrow Act 1 Scene 1
It all began with a survey doomed to fail.
 arrow Independence Day celebration at Liberation War Museum
As part of the Independence Day celebration, Liberation War Museum organised discussion, readings from witness accounts and cultural programme on March 24.
 arrow Patriotism unlimited: Samar Das and his tunes
A prolific musician and composer, Samar Das' contribution cannot be confined to just the aesthetic aspect of music, he was deeply involved with the Liberation War as well.
 arrow 'Onyo Joddha': Recognising a non-Bengali freedom fighter
Lutfun Nahar Mousumi says that she has been working on her documentary Onyo Joddha for the last three years.
 arrow Special TV programmes on Independence Day
ATN Bangla
At 2:30pm a documentary titled Muktijudhhey Dhaka Bishshobidyalay will be aired.

Generalarrow College teacher among 3 killed in road crashes
At least three people, including a college teacher, were killed in separate road accidents in Kushtia, Manikganj and Kishoreganj yesterday.
 arrow Invest more in country
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina, now in the USA, yesterday urged the expatriate Bangladeshis to invest more in the country.
 arrow Bus robbery in city
Robbers looted money and valuables from the passengers of a running bus in the city yesterday.
 arrow Sylhet trader stabbed, robbed of Tk 8.70 lakh
A gang of armed men stabbed a businessman and looted Tk 8.70 lakh from him at Jail Road in Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow 6th outlet of Coffee World in city
The sixth outlet of Coffee World and the second outlet of Books Express, both concerns of Etcetera Bangladesh Pvt Ltd, will be formally opened today in the city's Gulshan area, says a press release.
 arrow DIIT founding anniversary observed
Daffodil Institute of IT (DIIT), a leading IT business, yesterday celebrated its 11th founding anniversary through various programmes.
Internationalarrow Rice urges Arab states to 'search' for ME peace
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was holding talks with Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas yesterday after urging Arab allies to find a way of reviving peace negotiations with Israel.
 arrow Britain seeks access to sailors caught in Iran
The British envoy to Tehran yesterday requested access to 15 detained British naval personnel who Iran says entered Iranian waters illegally despite Britain's insistence they were in Iraqi territory,a
 arrow Japan quake leaves 1 dead, 170 injured
A powerful, deadly earthquake struck Japan early yesterday, killing at least one person and injuring 170 others as it violently shook buildings and triggered a small tsunami that hit the coast, officials
 arrow N Korea threatens to scuttle nuke talks
North Korea vowed yesterday to bolster its "self-defensive deterrence," warning a military exercise launched by South Korea and the United States could jeopardise nuclear disarmament talks.
 arrow Ethnic violence endangers Nepal peace process: US
The United States has warned that Nepal's fragile peace process could be "imperilled" unless the government cracks down on violence besetting the nation's fertile southeast.
 arrow First political parties formed in Bhutan
The remote Himlayan nation of Bhutan got its first two political parties ahead of elections next year to pave the way from monarchy to democracy, local media reported.
 arrow Thousands flee Lanka fighting
Thousands of Tamil civilians were on the run in northern Sri Lanka yesterday as troops and Tiger rebels traded artillery fire across a de facto border, with both sides claiming heavy casualties.
 arrow Fire kills 10 at Moscow striptease club
Fire broke out in a Moscow striptease club early Sunday, killing 10 people, an Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The core message of independence
At the outset we would like to say that our national independence came the hardest way imaginable. Millions had to give their lives and countless women suffered indignities.
 arrow Editorial: Remnants of JMB militants
We note with great concern that though organizationally less coherent and politically less empowered at the moment with the kingpins awaiting execution, the banned militant organization JMB is not totally
 arrow Reflections on our Independence
Today we celebrate the 36th anniversary of our national independence. There are many good things to celebrate.
 arrow Big Bang reform and its sustainability
A big bang reform process is now underway in Bangladesh under the auspices of the caretaker government (CG) formed on January 11.
 arrow Seeking educated leaders
Some would feel that the current governance in our country is doing an outstanding job of cleaning up the rot that had set into our politics ever since Independence.
Letters to Editorarrow Thoughts on the Independence Day
As Bangladesh turns thirty-six--an age that denotes maturity of a human being --we need to reassess our achievements and failures.
 arrow Deaths in Iraq
Four years after the illegal US-UK-Australian invasion of Iraq, how many Iraqis have died in the post-invasion brutalities? Post-invasion occupied Iraqi deaths (avoidable deaths, deaths that did
 arrow Develop tourism
Bangladesh is a country of scenic beauty. We have many beautiful places that are neglected by us. Tourism is now a priority sector in many countries.
 arrow Good move
The government has made some praiseworthy moves to eliminate all kinds of weaknesses and flaws in the parliamentary election. The idea is to remove confusion from the public mind.
 arrow Give them due credit
Talk of towns in India nowadays is around the cricket World Cup. One says: "You know, India have lost". Then quickly adds: "But you know, Pakistan have also lost".
 arrow Remembering Waheedul Haque
I am not an adult, nor am I an engineer, singer or some great writer.
 arrow Power shortage
There have been many news items in The Daily Star regarding the chronic power shortage in Bangladesh.
 arrow Unsporting behaviour
While we are in a state of euphoria at the splendid and well deserved victory of the Tigers against India, we have to take serious note of the unsporting behaviour of some Indian players during the match.
 arrow Iraq situation
World-wide protest is going on to end the Iraq war. All US allies, except the UK, have been pulling off their troops from Iraq. It clearly implies that it is an unjust war.
 arrow Observe "Genocide Day" on 5 May
The history of Bangladesh has been made by the brave people who sacrificed their lives in 1971.The genocide at BSMC North Bengal Sugar Mills Ltd.
 arrow Caretaker government
Our political leaders are steeped in various kinds of malpractice. They do not show the right path to the nation. The caretaker government is now taking some courageous steps to root out corruption.
 arrow An appeal
The present caretaker government has taken many reformative steps. Steps for reconstitution of EC, ACC, depoliticisation of administration are the most important issues that have already been addressed.
 arrow Shadhinota Podok
The Shadhinota Podok for this year has been awarded to the Bangladesh Army.
 arrow Tata deal
Numerous studies showed that this deal would not be beneficial to Bangladesh. It will only deplete us of our natural resources. The most part of $3.
 arrow Letter in response
I was not surprised that the daughter of a politician was writing that they deserve to be treated better than to be raided at midnight in her article (Maneeza Hossain's article).
 arrow Demolition of hope
Economic activities have increased manifolds in this small bamboo structured once-semi-weekly Kutubdanga market place.
 arrow Control emotions
As India lost their last match against Sri Lanka, Bangladesh still stood a chance to play in the next round of the World Cup.
 arrow Some suggestions
The government should take the following steps
1. The flow of economic activities should not be slowed because of insecurity.

Star Cityarrow Bloody hours of March, 71
The witnesses to the massacre on the black night of March 25, 1971 are still haunted by the horrifying experience of the brutality by the Pakistani Army.
 arrow Unfair fare hikes crush city commuters
Bus services with tickets in and around the capital are nothing but old wine in new bottle.
 arrow A road of public suffering
The Gulshan-Badda Link road has been in a sorry state since its birth in 2004 as both Rajuk (Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha) and DCC (Dhaka City Corporation) continue to refuse ownership of it.
 arrow Busy playground makes room for business
The Ministry of Housing and Public Works has rented out the T&T playground on the corner of Manik Mia Avenue for a month, depriving children and residents in congested Indira Road, Farmgate and Razabazar
 arrow Architecture students display an array of innovative designs
"Bangladeshi architecture is now focused on the rich. Competition with focus on the poor is most welcome.
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