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Front Pagearrow Leaders for delivery on trade deals, anti-terror commitment
The 14th Saarc summit began in New Delhi yesterday with a call for tangible measures to deliver on the existing trade agreements, combat terrorism and alleviate poverty so the grouping graduates to an
 arrow HC rulings declaring their detention illegal stayed for a month
The 53 arrested high profile persons, including leaders of both Awami League and BNP, will not be freed from jails soon as the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed for one month the High Court (HC) rulings
 arrow CA calls for removing non-tariff barriers
Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday asked the larger South Asian countries to take greater responsibility to extend support to the region's "less-developed" nations and stressed the need for addressing
 arrow Observers pledge full support
Japan, European Union (EU), China and South Korea, who yesterday participated in the opening session of 14th Saarc Summit as observers, extended their support and cooperation to the regional grouping.
 arrow India to allow zero duty entry to LDCs
In a major step towards opening its markets, India yesterday announced that it will allow zero duty access to least developed countries (LDCs) of South Asia by the year end and reduce the sensitive list
 arrow WB to release $200m before next budget
World Bank (WB) is likely to release $ 200 million before the next budget as it deems that the government of Bangladesh is on the "right track" to implement the conditions under the bank's Development
 arrow Tarique back to jail after back pain check-up
Tarique Rahman, son of immediate past prime minister Khaleda Zia, was taken back to Dhaka Central Jail Hospital yesterday after having several diagnostic tests done at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical
 arrow Afghanistan becomes full member, India new chair
India yesterday assumed the chairmanship of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) for the next one year, while Afghanistan became a full member of the regional grouping.
 arrow Sri Lanka for single Saarc currency
Asserting that the time has come to move away from 'fancy rhetoric', Sri Lanka yesterday said Saarc must become a Union and adopt a single currency for achieving its political and economic pursuits.
 arrow Aziz dwells on making Saarc relevant
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz yesterday announced a five-point roadmap to make the Saarc relevant to South Asians, saying that vitiated political atmosphere, disputes and mistrust slowed down the
 arrow Ireland reach 152
Hindered by rain interruptions which reduced the match to 35 overs per side, Ireland battled to 152 for eight against South Africa in their World Cup Super Eights encounter at the Providence Stadium in
 arrow Butenis stresses timeline for stalled polls
US Ambassador in Dhaka Patricia A Butenis at a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday stressed the need for issuing a timeline for holding the stalled ninth parliamentary
 arrow Import surges on high demand for raw materials
Import surged 11 percentage points during the first seven months of the current fiscal year despite political unrest and tight monetary policy.
 arrow Headhunting body sought for free PSC
A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study suggests a high-powered committee headed by the chief justice for selecting the chairman and members of the Public Service Commission (PSC) to makethe
 arrow Motijheel cop held for mugging
An assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Motijheel Police Station and four others were caught in the act of snatching Tk 3.4 lakh from an employee of a money exchange.
 arrow Signs of progress in freeing sailors
British Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday the next two days would be "critical" in efforts to resolve the stand-off with Iran amid signs of progress towards freeing the 15 British captives.
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 arrow Nazmul Huda, Tuku, Salahuddin, Pintu Salim shown held in different cases
Detained former ministers Nazmul Huda, Iqbal Hassan Mahmud Tuku, Salahuddin Ahmed and lawmakers Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu and MAH Salim were shown arrested yesterday in connection with different cases filed
 arrow Aminul Haque sued for land grabbing, govt tree stealing
Two more cases have been filed against former minister Aminul Haque in connection with land grabbing, and felling of government-owned trees in Rajshahi.
 arrow Move on to correct history distortion in textbooks
Education Adviser Ayub Quadri yesterday said the interim government has already taken initiatives to correct all sorts of history distortion from primary and secondary level textbooks to be distributed
 arrow Illegal structure...

 arrow Giasuddin's SUV seized
A team of taskforce, Anti-Corruption Commission and police last night seized a BMW sports utility vehicle (SUV) of former BNP lawmaker from Narayanganj Giasuddin at Konabari in Gazipur last night.
 arrow Salman, Sohel sued for fraud
A case was filed against Beximco Group Vice-chairman Salman F Rahman and his brother Sohel Rahman on charges of fraud on Monday night.
 arrow Bus fare increased
The government has increased bus and minibus fare by seven paisa per kilometre in the wake of rise in fuel prices.
 arrow 1,250 chickens culled in Jamalpur
At least 1,250 chickens were culled yesterday afternoon at a poultry farm at Char Poghaldiya in Sharishabari upazila of Jamalpur after bird flu was detected at the farm.
 arrow Queue of CNG-run vehicles...

 arrow 4 more US troops killed in Iraq
The US military announced yesterday the death of four more troops in Iraq, including one killed in a brutal suicide truck bombing near a school in the oil city of Kirkuk a day ago.
 arrow VoIP equipment seized in C'nawabganj
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel seized VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) equipment worth Tk 2 crore from a shop at Baliadighi under Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj district on Mondayand
 arrow Bush slams Democrats over war funds
President Bush yesterday called Democrats in Congress irresponsible for approving war bills that order US troops to leave Iraq by certain dates.
Businessarrow Foreign banks grab 21pc of banking profit in '06
With only 0.63 percent market share in terms of branches, foreign banks operating in Bangladesh grabbed 21 percent or Tk1180 crore of the total banking sector profits of Tk5623 crore in 2006.
 arrow US-ROK FTA faces tough road in Congress
The US-South Korea free trade pact faces a tough road in Congress amid a variety of concerns over Seoul's policies as well the US administration's handling of trade issues, analysts say.
 arrow Rising wages, skills shortage threaten India's IT industry
Rising wages and a shortage of skilled workers threaten to blunt the competitive edge of India's flagship 48-billion-dollar information technology industry, experts said.
 arrow Dollar steady in Asian trade
The dollar was steady against the yen and euro in Asian trade Tuesday as the market waited for fresh US housing figures and the pivotal US monthly employment report due Friday, dealers said.
 arrow Escap team to visit Benapole tomorrow
A team of UN-Escap will be visiting Beanpole, the largest land port of the country, tomorrow to study the feasibility of Bangladesh Asian Highway.
 arrow Beximco Pharma starts drug exports to Ghana
Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical company, has started drug exports to Western African country Ghana, says a press release. The first consignment of medicines included five products.
 arrow BCS IT fair from tomorrow
The sixth nine-day computer fair styled 'City IT-2007' begins on the IDB Bhaban premises in Dhaka from tomorrow.
 arrow EU industry chief urges transparency in China
EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen urged China on Tuesday to establish a more transparent system that would make it easier for European companies to export to the giant Asian market.
 arrow 11 hatcheries closed in Cox's Bazar
Some 11 hatcheries in Cox's Bazar have been closed due to acute shortage of mother shrimps, local hatchery owners told a press conference here yesterday.
 arrow 3-day medical show from April 6
A three-day medical equipment and medical services exhibition will begin in Dhaka on April 6 to exhibit latest technologies and services in the health sector.
 arrow World Bank asks S Asian leaders to adopt bold reforms
The World Bank on Tuesday asked South Asian leaders to adopt bold reforms in a bid to increase trade and investment, relieve energy shortages and foster peace in the largely poverty-stricken subcontinent.
 arrow Japan inks FTA with Thailand, eyes similar deal with US, ROK
Japan on Tuesday signed a controversial free trade deal with Thailand, which hopes to hearten foreign investors unnerved since the kingdom's coup.
 arrow Global Finance selects Janata as best bank in Bangladesh
The New York-based financial magazine, Global Finance, has selected Janata Bank as the best bank in Bangladesh for the year 2007, says a press release.
 arrow Nikko pressures Citi to raise offer
Orbis Investment Management, a major shareholder of Nikko Cordial Corp, stepped up pressure on Citigroup to raise its $14 billion bid for the Japanese broker by offering to sell its stake on the openmarket
 arrow Nestle brings new product for children
Nestle Bangladesh Ltd has launched a new product styled 'NIDO 3+' for the children of ages between three and five years.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Where does Bangladesh cricket actually stand?
Ever since Bangladesh advanced into the Super Eights of the World Cup at the expense of India there was a debate between two schools of thoughts.
 arrow Cricket: Greg facing the axe
Coach Greg Chappell appears the most likely casualty when India's cricket chiefs meet later this week to pin the bla-me for the World Cup debacle.
 arrow Cricket: England must win
England head into their Su-per Eights clash with Sri Lanka here Wednesday knowing de-feat could all but end their chances of reaching the World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Cricket: Pak detective to fly to Kingston
A Pakistani policeman who led the probe into the murder of US reporter Daniel Pearl will travel to Jamaica to help police investigating the death of cricket coach Bob Woolmer, officials said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Brothers return strongly
Brothers Union returned to winning ways with a commanding 3-1 defeat of Arambagh yesterday that put them among the top four of the B. League.
 arrow Cricket: 'Dravid must stay captain'
Springing to the support of beleaguered captain Rahul Dravid, Cricket Board Secretary Niranjan Shah on Tuesday said there was no better man than the Bangalore stalwart to lead the Indian team in the aftermath
 arrow Cricket: KP wary of Murali
Kevin Pietersen may have once disdainfully reverse-swept Muttiah Muralidaran for six but that hasn't lessened the England batsman's respect for the Sri Lankan spin wizard.
 arrow Cricket: Bracken loves new cherry
Australia quick Nathan Bracken believes the new ball may not be an advantage to fast bowlers at the World Cup.
 arrow Local Snippets
International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib and FIDE Master Abu Sufian Shakil maintained their winning runs to share the lead after second round of the Mercantile Bank 33rd National Chess Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 'We were too careful'
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar said his side had still to find the right approach to building a score after their nine-wicket World Cup Super Eights defeat against New Zealand on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: NZ now want Aussies
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming cannot wait to play Australia after his side drew level on points with the reigning champions in the second round of the World Cup following a crushing nine-wicketvictory
 arrow Cricket: Bond eyes No 1 spot
Shane Bond has made it clear he wants to be known as the best bowler in the world.
 arrow Cricket: Lara under fire
Fans and former cricketers are fast losing faith in Brian Lara's West Indians, who are facing an early exit from the World Cup after three successive defeats in the Super Eights.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh finds ICC at fault
Former Australia cricket great Steve Waugh says the International Cricket Council has shown itself unable to eradicate match-fixing in the sport.
 arrow Cricket: Watson out for three weeks
World Cup holders Australia will be without all-rounder Shane Watson for at least three weeks.
 arrow Football: Footballer Panna passes away
Country's football fraternity suffered yet another shock as Anwarul Haque Panna became the third footballer to die inside five days.
 arrow Cricket: Aziz talks of Indo-Pak failures
The disastrous performance of the Indian and Pakistani teams in the Cricket World Cup apparently weighed heavily on the mind of Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz as he Tuesday drew an analogy between
 arrow Cricket: Younis gives conditions for captaincy
Vice-captain Younis Khan met Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Naseem Ashraf and agreed to take over the captaincy following the team's World Cup debacle, sources said Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 2011 WC hosts to sit next month
The Pakistan, Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladesh cricket boards chiefs will meet in the summer resort of Bhurban in Pakistan next month to constitute the organising committee for the 2011 World Cup, to
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis get into racism row
New Zealand on Monday faced accusations that their players racially abused catering staff before last week's World Cup Super Eights match with hosts West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: Dungarpur stands by Chappell
Former Cricket Board President Raj Singh Dungarpur says no Indian is fit to coach the national team.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming praises repaired squad
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming praised his patched-up side after a commanding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh opened up the path to the World Cup semifinals.
 arrow Football: Roma ready for United challenge
As Roma's players are confident they can produce another giant-killing performance and beat Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Chelsea up the tempo
Jose Mourinho has warned Valencia that Chelsea are ready to raise their game to a higher level when they clash in the Champions League quarterfinals.
 arrow Football: Rummenigge rues German demise
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Tuesday rued the demise of the Bundesliga which he believes is no longer capable of challenging their money-spinning counterparts in England and Spain.
 arrow Football: Everton held by Villa
Aston Villa grabbed a vital point in their bid to avoid relegation here on Monday as Gabriel Agbonlahor socred a late equaliser to draw 1-1 with Everton.
 arrow Swimming: Lenton smashes sprint record
Australia's Libby Lenton became the first woman in history to break 53 seconds for the 100m freestyle when she swam 52.
 arrow Tennis: Federer wins Laureus
Roger Federer was named sportsman of the year at the Laureus World Sports awards for the third successive time here on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova to miss Fed Cup
Russian world number two Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next week's WTA event the Family Circle Cup and the forthcoming Fed Cup clash in Moscow with Spain, it was announced on Monday.
 arrow Football: Couto receives suspended prison
Veteran former Portuguese international defender Fernando Couto received a four month suspended prison sentence here on Monday for failing a drugs test back in 2001.
 arrow Football: Marca lash at Mourinho
Valencia's dressing room at Stamford Bridge for Wednesday's Champions League clash with Chelsea has been compared to a 'rat-hole' by Spanish daily Marca.
 arrow Football: Charlton cautions Barca, Real
Manchester United director and former playing legend Bobby Charlton has denounced speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo's future as incorrect and destabilising for the star winger.
 arrow Football: Juninho set for spell out
Lyon captain Juninho could be out for up to two weeks with a pulled left buttock muscle, the French champions announced on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Power Cell finalises 6 sponsors for small power plants
The Power Cell has chosen six bidders out of 18 as responsive for the proposed small power plants (SPP) project, prompting the non-responsive bidders to lodge complaints with the Power Ministry that prefers
 arrow 79 killed by law enforcers in three months
A total of 79 people were killed by the members of law enforcement agencies in the last three months while another 37 were killed by Border Security Force (BSF) of India, according to a survey reportof
 arrow 'Ratify UN Convention on rights of persons with disabilities'
Speakers at a meeting yesterday underscored the need for amendment to the National Disability Welfare Act 2001.
 arrow Election Olympiad held in city
The 27th Election Olympiad 2007, a countrywide knowledge-based competition on election and politics, was held at Fazlul Haq Girls College at Gandaria in the city yesterday with a view to creating awareness
 arrow Bapa sends memo to Saarc leaders
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa), an environmentalist organisation, has sent a memorandum to the Saarc leaders to consider environmental issues to ensure sustainable development in the region.
 arrow 10 new Japanese volunteers arrive
Ten new members of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) have arrived in Bangladesh on a two-year assignment to support socio-economic and human resource development activities in the country.
 arrow Gayoom only S Asian leader to have attended all Saarc summits
Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom is the only South Asian leader to have attended all the 14 Saarc summits.
 arrow Teenage boy burned alive in Ctg fire
An unidentified teenage boy was burned alive and 11 shops, two shanties and two primary schools were gutted in a fire in the port city on Monday night.
 arrow Square donates bird flu medicines for 200 patients
Square Pharmaceuticals donated bird flu medicines to the government which will cover the treatment of some 200 patients.
 arrow Housewife found dead in Ctg
Police recovered the body of a housewife from a flat in the port city on Monday night. They also arrested a man in this connection yesterday.
 arrow Ruposi Bangla MD arrested
A Dhaka court yesterday placed the managing director of a banned private TV channel on a one-day remand.
 arrow Cop held while taking bribe
Joint forces caught a sub-inspector (SI) of District Special Branch (SB) red-handed while he was taking a bribe amounting to Tk 50,000 at his house in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tax ombudsman submits report to president
Tax Ombudsman Khairuzzaman Chowdhury submitted the annual report of 2006 to President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday, an official handout said.
 arrow Two cops suspended
A sub-inspector and a constable of Dakkhin Khan Police Station in the city were suspended yesterday as an accused person fled from the lock-up of the police station on Sunday night.
Nationalarrow Most 4-party leaders in Rangamati on the run
Most of the front ranking leaders of BNP and its ally Jamaat-e-Islami in Rangamati are on the run following the arrest of district BNP secretary M Zahir Ahmed along with a number of others by joint forces.
 arrow Khulna woman commissioners call to implement HC verdict
Ten women ward commissioners of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) have appealed to LGRD Adviser Anwarul Iqbal to take necessary steps to empower them as per the High Court verdict delivered on August 16,2004.
 arrow Firearms recovered from Bhaluka JMB militants' den
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered two revolvers, one shooter gun and nine bullets from Jibontala Madrasa, a JMB den in Bhaluka upazila yesterday.
 arrow SI arrested in Sylhet while taking bribe
Joint forces yesterday arrested a sub-inspector of special branch of police while he was allegedly taking Tk 50,000 as bribe at his house in Sylhet city.
 arrow SCC engineer held on graft charge
Joint Forces caught Assistant Engineer Abdul Haque Miazi of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC) yesterday from his office on graft charges.
 arrow JCD leader held in Kishoreganj
Joint forces yesterday arrested a municipal commissioner here who was a top terror and an absconding accused of a murder case.
 arrow Three outlaws arrested in Rajshahi
Police yesterday arrested three listed cadres of the outlawed Sarbohara Party in Bagmara upazila.
 arrow Nor'wester kills one in Sylhet
One person was killed by lightning as a nor'wester battered parts of Sylhet Sadar usazila and Barlekha in Moulvibazar in the early hours of yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The challenging interface of democracy and security
The 21st century began with new hopes of international peace, security, and democracy, particularly for countries aspiring to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
 arrow Optimal use of our natural gas
With the dramatic rise in energy cost in recent years, energy conservation has become a dominant issue all over the globe. For countries dependent on imported energy, it is an even more important issue.
 arrow Nigeria: The oil curse
Nigeria is population-wise the largest country in Africa. It is also the largest oil producer in the continent, save for Libya.
Culturearrow Ethnic diversity council and theatre festival begins
Santal artistes in their distinctive attire along with their Bengali counterparts of theatre troupe Aranyak Natya Dal displayed a traditional Santali dance at the National Theatre Stage, Bangladesh
 arrow Cultural team from Bangladesh to visit Canada
A six member cultural team comprising Sabina Yasmin, Subir Nandi, Shamim Ara Nipa, Shibli Mohammad, Chandan Dutta and Monwar Hossain Tutul will perform in Alberta Bangla Sammelon to be held on 6th and
 arrow Kindling interest in South Asian music in UK
Iftikhar Ahmed, a Bangladeshi musician living in UK, recently launched his music album. During a visit in Dhaka, the artiste spoke to The Daily Star.
Generalarrow Blind aviator comes to aid of visually impaired
Visual impairment is not a big problem and those, who remain mum thinking that they are blind, are not aware of their potentialities, said Miles Hilton-Barber, a blind aviator and adventurer.
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
Four people were killed and 46 others injured in separate road accidents in Cox's Bazar, Munshiganj and Tangail yesterday.
 arrow Two BNP leaders held in Munshiganj
Joint Forces in a drive yesterday arrested two influential BNP activists from Munshiganj city in charge of various criminal activities.
Internationalarrow Pakistan wants to settle row with Afghanistan
Pakistan's Prime Minister called yesterday for more talks with Afghanistan to settle differences between the two neighbours after Kabul accused Islamabad of harbouring the Taliban leader.
 arrow I've gambled career for peace with Maoists
Nepal's elderly Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala said yesterday he had gambled his 60-year political career to strike a deal with Maoist rebels and bring peace to the Himalayan country.
 arrow Nepal govt appeals for arms handover
Nepal's home minister said yesterday that all illegal weapons in the country must be handed over to police within a week as part of a security plan for the first national polls in eight years this June.
 arrow Ukraine rivals meet amid power struggle
Ukraine's pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych held crisis talks with his western-backed rival President Viktor Yushchenko yesterday over a power struggle that has spawned mass protests.
 arrow 23 Tigers killed in fresh Lankan fighting
Sri Lankan security forces have killed at least 23 Tamil Tiger rebels in fresh fighting in the island's east following a deadly bus bombing, the defence ministry claimed yesterday.
 arrow French train tops 350 mph to break record
A high-speed French train with a souped-up engine and wheels broke the world speed record Tuesday for conventional rail trains, reaching 357.2 mph.
 arrow Iranian diplomat seized in Iraq released
An Iranian diplomat in Iraq seized two months ago by uniformed gunmen in Baghdad has been released, Iran reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rise in fuel prices
That the prices of fuel might need to be raised to adjust with international prices had been anticipated.
 arrow Editorial: Stepped up service at DMP welcome
On March I the present government introduced a new initiative called service delivery system in nine Dhaka metropolitan police stations whereby each station shall have a designated officer for filingand
 arrow Another April and memories of Z.A. Bhutto
When Zulfikar Ali Bhutto walked to the gallows on April 4, 1979, the curtain finally came down on the life and career of a man whose rise in politics had been swift and, in equal measure, brisk.
 arrow Double or quits
It is an error to confuse the first of April with jokes; what is celebrated this day by those within the penumbra of "western civilisation," once lauded by President Woodrow Wilson as capable of doing
 arrow The Iran card
Both the US and Israel have realized that to counter and halt Iran's nuclear program they have to placate the Arab states.
Letters to Editorarrow Eco-fertiliser
Nasiruddin Khan's article on the subject (DS:March23) is of importance and relevance for Bangladesh.
 arrow Good governance
I hope it is not a brief period of sanity in Bangladesh. I feel highly emotional to see that we have leaders with strong integrity and principle, who are also patriotic.
 arrow US empire in the Middle East?
The overall scenario in the Middle East is becoming fairly clear with the US adding more forces to the region aimed at the "ultimate victory" over the Arabs.
 arrow Dream coming true
A new dawn for our Bangladesh! Thanks a lot to the caretaker government. People are looking forward to changes in every area. They are counting on the move of the government to create a new nation.
 arrow Good days ahead?
I can't believe my eyes, or my ears. The master crooks of this country are either on the run or put away behind bars. Am I dreaming...? Shops are closed by 7:00 in the evening. Govt.
 arrow Speed-breakers
Speed breakers and road dividers are a matter of concern, given their frequent construction and breaking.
 arrow Comments on Dr. Yunus
Convey my best wishes to Mr. Irtishad Ahmed for his comments on Dr. Yunus. "I did not get all my questions answered. I am not sure how capitalism can be turned upside down.
 arrow Our judiciary
I have recently moved back to Bangladesh after having studied in Washington, DC and London.
 arrow Mazar of Bangabandhu
The chief Adviser deserves congratulations for breaking the years old taboo by offering "Fateha" at the Mazar of Bangabandhu.
 arrow Freedom of press
We have read in The Daily Star the most significant judgment of the year, as I consider it, on a defamation suit against a newspaper.
 arrow Voting right for overseas Bangladeshis
I thank you for your write-up on the above subject, which has been a long-standing demand of the expatriate community that was ignored by the previous governments.
 arrow Catalysts of change
They have shown a new way of dealing with corruption and injustice. I would like to call them the soldiers of good fortune.
 arrow Duty free car
The offer of a duty free car to the elected MPs was made by Ershad to bribe his MPs to support his autocratic rule.
 arrow "Remembering the dark night"
"Remembering the dark night" by a staff correspondent in The Daily Star made me realise that history cannot be suppressed. The past governments have tried very hard to change the facts of history.
 arrow Banning TV channels
The current non-political government banned the airing of seven Bangla channels and then another Indian Bangla (Tara News) TV channel.
 arrow "Of vices and vice-chancellors"
This is in reference to an article written by Shahnoor Wahid. Being amused, I could not help myself quoting a nice and nay, an appropriate quotation in this connection here.
 arrow Hawkers back to business
We observed many good actions of the present 'interim government'.
 arrow Tragic history of April Fools
April 1 is a day of great sorrow for Muslims. Almost 522 years ago, about 700,000 Muslims were mercilessly burned to death after being locked up in mosques by the forces of King Ferdinand.
Star Chittagongarrow Inaction makes a mockery of CDA eviction drive
The one-and-a-half-kilometre Andarkilla-Chawkbazar road, one of the oldest and important thoroughfares in the port city, remained uncared for since the eviction drive by the Chittagong Development Authority
 arrow 29 birds of different species released at Dulahazara Safari Park
Twenty-nine birds of different species were released at Dulahazara Safari Park, the country's lone safari park, in Cox's Bazar on Sunday.
 arrow CU arts faculty students stuck in session jam
Students at the arts faculty of Chittagong University (CU) have been facing additional session jam of around two to four years.
Star Cityarrow Ban on sand extraction sends thousands out of work
A Ban on sand extraction from the Meghna and Dhaleshwari rivers since February has stopped all activities related to land filling and sand trading in the city, sending thousands of construction sitesidle
 arrow Occupation mars sports
Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party's (VDP) controversial possession of a playground at Khilgaon Chowdhury Para has been depriving thousands of children of the only local recreation ground.
 arrow An electronic wizard without a job
Wahiduzzaman Bachhu, an electronic genius with a range of promising innovations under his belt cannot find a job to support his family.
 arrow Fire fighters in perennial dilemma
Since independence, number of fire fighters at eleven fire stations has been reduced from 264 to 242 despite a phenomenal growth of the city.
 arrow BracNet organises celebrity memorabilia sale
A leading internet service provider (ISP) and online portal service company in the country, bracNet, organized a celebrity memorabilia sale gala event on March 31 in the capital.
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