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Front Pagearrow Arafat 'picked up' in late night raid
The joint forces in a late night raid reportedly detained Arafat Rahman, younger son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, intelligence sources said.
 arrow EC goes all out for polls by 2008
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is going all out to hold the national election by 2008 and will complete necessary preparations within the
 arrow Food items go pricier
Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB), the only state-run trading organisation, yesterday floated a tender for importing 3,000 tonne refined soyabean oil to lessen the upward trend of the edible oil's
 arrow Moudud remanded
A Dhaka court on Saturday placed detained BNP leader and former law minister Moudud Ahmed on a four-day remand in connection with the case filed for smuggling in contraband foreign liquors and possessing
 arrow Ireland crush Tigers
The bubble finally burst for Bangladesh in the Cricket World Cup when they crashed to a stunning 74-run defeat to ICC associate members Ireland in their Super Eights match at Kensington Oval yesterday.
 arrow Extortion case against Hasina 'peculiar'
Terming the extortion case against Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina 'peculiar', Law and Information Adviser Barrister Mainul Hosein has said that the caretaker government would examine the case
 arrow NBR seeks bank statement of 71
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) yesterday directed all commercial banks to furnish by this month transaction information of 71 individuals including political leaders, businessmen, top governmentofficials
 arrow Firms in question also join initiative
A number of private companies including some of those sued for stockpiling and selling rotten or adulterated essentials have opened fair price shops in different parts of the country.
 arrow Nation celebrates Pahela Baishakh
People from all strata of the society in their most colourful festival welcomed the first day of Bangla year 1414 on Saturday amid lively pageants pledging to uphold the nation's cultural heritage.
 arrow Govt seeks 8 weeks
The government again sought eight weeks time from the Supreme Court (SC) yesterday to complete the process of judiciary separation.
 arrow Engr Mosharraf, 5 others charged with graft
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against detained Awami League leader and former housing and public works minister engineer Mosharraf Hossain along with five others in connection with a graft case
 arrow Mamun confesses to extortion
Giasuddin Al Mamun, detained close friend and business partner of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman, yesterday confessed to his involvement in an extortion of Tk 2.40 crore.
 arrow Rajuk engineer held while taking bribe
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel yesterday captured a Rajuk engineer in the act of taking bribe from officials of a private firm for the approval of a construction plan of a 15-storey commercial
 arrow Tapan for quick decision on Tata proposal, but not for special facility
Power and Energy Adviser Tapan Chowdhury yesterday said the Indian Tata Group should not be given special facilities in its proposed investment in Bangladesh.
 arrow 35 killed in series of Baghdad blasts
Insurgent bomb attacks massacred 35 people in Shia shopping areas of Baghdad yesterday, while two British helicopters crashed after an apparent mid-air collision that killed two crew members.
 arrow World Bank divided on Wolfowitz's future
The controversy involving World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and his involvement in a huge pay increase awarded to a close female friend moves to center stage Sunday as the bank's policy-steering committee
 arrow Slain judge's family live in fear
Biswanath Pandey, elder brother of killed judge Jagannath Pandey, lodged a general diary with Patharghata Police Station of Barguna district on Friday mentioning security concerns of their family members.
 arrow HC rejects UZ poll officers' prayer
The much-talked-about upazila election officers, allegedly appointed on political considerations by the immediate past government, will have to appear in a qualifying test as the High Court yesterdayrejected
 arrow 28 'militants' held across country
Law enforcers on Saturday and Friday night arrested 28 Islamist militants and suspected militants at Bogra, Tangail, Pabna, Meherpur and Jamalpur.
 arrow Bird flu-hit farms to get compensation
The government will compensate poultry farms, which incurred losses due to culling of bird-flu infected chickens.
 arrow Charge sheets in graft cases soon: Mashhud
Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury yesterday said charge sheets would be submitted soon in the cases already filed by the anti-graft watchdog.
 arrow Abbas taken to BSMMU prison cell
Detained former public works minister Mirza Abbas was admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital yesterday for diagnostic tests as his physical condition deteriorated.
 arrow Shamim Osman asked to appear in court
A Narayanganj court yesterday directed former Awami League (AL) lawmaker Shamim Osman to appear before the court within three days as he failed to submit his wealth statement within the timeframe setby
 arrow 20 hurt as train derails in Thakurgaon
About 20 passengers were injured as three compartments of a local train derailed near Akhanagar Railway Station under Thakurgaon Sadar upazila yesterday.
Businessarrow Single way traffic on Ctg port channel
The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) enforced 'single way traffic' on its channel since Saturday morning after a lighter vessel with around 750 tonnes of clinker sank near the estuary of river Karnaphuli.
 arrow Empowerment of local govt bodies suggested
Decentralisation of power and local government representatives' involvement in budget formulation process would help ensure people's participation, observed Akbar Ali Khan, a former adviser to the immediate
 arrow Policymakers aim at IMF reform
IMF policymakers on Saturday are to press on with a campaign to save their 60-year-old body from irrelevance at a time when their sister institution, the World Bank, has been shaken by a pay scandal involving
 arrow Give students interest-free education loans
Bangladesh Bank Governor Salehuddin Ahmed has urged financial institutions to provide students with interest free education loans.
 arrow KL to boost property sector
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi Friday unveiled measures aimed at reducing bureaucracy for housing construction in a bid to boost investment in Malaysia's sluggish property sector.
 arrow 5-day telecoms fair from today
A five-day telecoms fair styled '3rd Bangladesh Int'l Telecom Fair' begins in Dhaka today to facilitate interaction between companies and customers.
 arrow Shopkeepers in Indian state to stop selling cigarettes
A tax row between cigarette companies and vendors in southern India may force smokers to go cold turkey with shopkeepers planning to halt cigarette sales from Monday.
 arrow Indian Tata Steel world's 6th largest producer
India's Tata Steel, which recently acquired Angio-Dutch firm Corus Group, has been ranked the world's sixth largest producer of the alloy with an output of 24 million metric tonnes by a London-based agency.
 arrow G7 calls WTO deal 'imperative'
The world's seven richest nations said Friday a WTO deal to tear down global trade barriers was "imperative," following a measure of progress achieved by leading players at talks in India.
 arrow Taxman hits Bush for $186,000
Even the most powerful man in the world can't escape the taxman, and US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura had to cough up 186,000 dollars in 2006, the White House said Friday.
 arrow Google buys DoubleClick for $3.1b
A bidding war between Google and Microsoft ended on Friday with Google agreeing to pay 3.1 billion dollars to add online advertising firm DoubleClick to its Internet money-making arsenal.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Umps 'played foul'
Local umpiring sunk to a new low when Jahangir Alam and Mahbubullah made a mockery of themselves during a decisive First Division Super League match between Gazi Tank and BKSP at the Dhanmondi Cricket
 arrow Cricket: SL to do the 'impossible'
Sri Lanka captain Ma-hela Jaya-wardene says his side's self-belief means they can do what no other team has managed since the 1999 World Cup -- beat Australia.
 arrow Cricket: Visitors take charge
Captain Mehrab Hossain and Rokibul Hasan hit half-centuries but it was not good enough for Bangladesh Cricket Academy to put up a good total on the board in the first day of the second and final four-dayer
 arrow Cricket: Bob murder still a mystery
Exactly four weeks ago, the sport of cricket, per-ceived to be that most gentlemanly of sports, was plunged into deep despair by the death of Bob Woolmer.
 arrow Cricket: BKSP, Surjo earn promotion
Country's lone sports institute BKSP emerged champions while Surjo Tarun finished on second spot in the Kai-Altech First Division Cricket League as they qualify for the Premier Division next season.
 arrow Chess: Rakib completes GM formalities
Abdullah Al Rakib is all set to become a Grand Master (GM) as he secured the third and final norm after clinching the Mercantile Bank 33rd National Chess Championship at the NSC hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Local Snippets
The visiting Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Under-15 side secured a comfortable eight-wicket victory against Rajshahi Division North Under-14 team in the limited-over exhibition match at the Shaheed
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis fly into semis
New Zealand made certain of their place in the World Cup semifinals when they cruised to a five-wicket win over South Africa in their Super Eights match at the Grenada National Stadium Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'SA destiny in own hands'
South Africa can still reach the World Cup semifinals, but only if they improve their fielding, said vice-captain Jacques Kallis.
 arrow Cricket: Yousuf ready to captain
Mohammad Yousuf said on Saturday that he was willing to succeed Inzamamul Haq as Pakistan skipper, one of the most unforgiving jobs in world cricket.
 arrow Football: Man Utd reach Wembley
Manchester United secured a place in the FA Cup final and kept their treble challenge on track with a 4-1 rout of Watford in the semi-finals on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: We'll bounce back: Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith believes his team's greater experience will be crucial when they clash with England in a make-or-break World Cup clash on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: WC grounds need lights and action
Caribbean governments have been urged to install floodlights at World Cup grounds to boost their profitability after the tournament ends.
 arrow Cricket: Semis itself a pressure, says Flemo
Playing in the World Cup semifinals will put huge pressure on New Zealand, according to captain Stephen Fleming.
 arrow Cricket: Yet Ireland happy
Ireland captain Trent Johnston believes his team can improve if they get more exposure against top teams like Australia despite suffering a nine-wicket mauling at the hands of the world champions here
 arrow Football: Emily puts Abahani atop
A brace by Zahid Hossain Emily shot Abahani to the top of the B. League table for the first time with a 3-1 win over Farashganj yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Wasim calls Inzamam dictator
Wasim Akram, the former Pakistan fast bowler and captain, has lashed out at Inzamamul Haq and called him a "dictator" in Pakistan cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Woolmer was poisoned?
The long-awaited toxicology report in Bob Woolmer's murder case has indicated that the Pakistan cricket coach was poisoned before being strangled in his hotel room.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI satisfied with players'explanations
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has expressed its satisfaction with the explanations it received from Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh to the show-cause notice issued to them.
 arrow Mobi passes away
Former handball international and a renowned basketball player Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury Mobi died of a heart attack at the BIRDEM Hospital on Saturday. He was 39.
 arrow Football: Racing derail Real
Two late penalties from Racing Santander's Ezequiel Garay, the winner coming just seconds before the end of regulation time, handed nine-man Real Madrid a demoralising 2-1 defeat on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Ferguson's Cup mission
Alex Ferguson is on a mission to lift the sixth FA Cup of his glittering managerial career at Old Trafford after Manchester United comfortably secured their place in the final to complete a perfect seven
 arrow Football: Cesc cements fourth spot
Arsenal took control of the race for the final Cham-pions League place as Cesc Fabregas sealed a 2-1 win against Bolton on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Schalke open gap
Schalke 04 coach Mirko Slomka said his side took an important step towards the Bundesliga title after they opened a four-point gap at the top following Saturday's 3-0 win at Mainz 05.
Metropolitanarrow Climate change set to damage biodiversity of Sundarbans
Climate change is set to damage biodiversity of the Sundarbans increasing the inundated areas and salinity in water in coastal areas.
 arrow Create mass awareness for implementation of PRSP
Speakers at a roundtable yesterday urged national dailies to play vital role in creating awareness about the poverty reduction strategy paper (PRSP) among the mass people by giving extensive coverageto
 arrow 13 killed in road accidents
At least 13 people were killed in separate road accidents in Munshiganj, Manikganj, Tangail, Netrakona and Sherpur yesterday and on Saturday.
 arrow Seven children rescued
BDR rescued seven children while they were being trafficked to India through the Dhanyakhola border and held two miscreants in this connection on Friday.
 arrow 4 murdered in city
Three women and a child were killed in separate incidents in the city in the last two days ending at 8:30pm yesterday.
 arrow 20 fortune seekers held at ZIA
Immigration police at Zia International Airport (ZIA) held 20 fortune seekers on Saturday as they gave twisted information and failed to satisfy the immigration officials with proper documents of their
 arrow Evicted slum dwellers to be rehabilitated on govt land: Mainul
Evicted slum dwellers would be rehabilitated immediately, Housing and Public Works Adviser Mainul Hosein said yesterday. He was addressing a meeting at his ministry yesterday.
 arrow Ten arrested in Narayanganj
An organised gang of ten kidnappers, who abducted and killed a schoolboy for Tk 50 lakh as ransom last month in Narayanganj, was arrested on Saturday night.
 arrow Foreigners asked to regularise visa within 60 days
The government has asked the foreigners living in the country on irregular status to regularise their visas under the previous visa policy.
 arrow BFUJ, DUJ concerned
Leaders of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) expressed concern as the culprits responsible for repression on journalists on this day last year are yet
 arrow ETV celebrates 7th anniversary
Ekushey Television (ETV) celebrated its 7th founding anniversary and the Bangla New Year 1414 on Saturday amid much enthusiasm, says a press release.
 arrow Anti-corruption body launches website
National Coordination Committee of Anti-Corruption launched a new website www.ekhoni-shomoy.net for the people to lodge complaints against corrupt people, says a press release.
Nationalarrow ACC eyes 8 more AL, BNP leaders in Jamalpur
Anti-corruption Commission in Jamalpur yesterday asked eight Awami League and BNP leaders to submit statements of their assets by 72 hours. The notices have already been sent to them, ACC sources said.
 arrow Storekeeper turns CBA leader, earns millions
Trade union leadership came as a magic lamp for storekeeper Nasiruddin Ahmed of Sonali Bank.
 arrow 1,500 storm-hit families still under open sky
Over 15,00 families affected by Tuesday's nor'wester are still under the open sky in Nasir Nagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district.
 arrow A different Pahela Baishakh gift from Abdul Aziz
Every Pahela Baishakh (Bangla new year day), a large number of people including women and children come to the house of Abdul Aziz for fruit saplings.
 arrow Teenaged girl, 7 children rescued from traffickers
BDR and immigration officials in separate incidents yesterday rescued seven children and a teenaged girl from traffickers at Benapole check post and Dhannokhola border area nearby.
 arrow Extortion case filed against arrested Tapan
Two transport businessmen in the district yesterday filed two extortion cases against 'listed criminal' Mahbubullah Tapan, arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on April 13.
 arrow IO of Barguna JMB bomb blast case gets death threat
Sub-inspector Daud Hossain, investigation officer (IO) of JMB bomb blast case in Barguna has been threatened with death.
 arrow Municipal commissioner held in Godagari
Police arrested Godagari municipal ward commissioner Salauddin Biswas from in front of municipal office Saturday afternoon. Police yesterday produced Salauddin before a court, which sent him to jail.
 arrow BNP leader held in Patuakhali
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Saturday arrested Mojibur Rahman alias VP Mojibur, a BNP leader and chairman of Chakamoiya Union Parishad (UP) in Kalapara upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Consigning monga to the museum
Nobel Laureate, Prof. Mohammad Yunus, has called for concerted efforts of all concerned to send poverty to the museum.
Culturearrow A new day beckons
As the first rays of sun heralded a new day, people from all walks of life welcomed Pahela Baishakh on April 14 (first day of the Bengali year 1414).
 arrow Choitro Shonkranti celebration by BGTF
Like previous years, Bangladesh Group Theatre Federation (BGTF) organised a special programme at the Mahila Samiti Mancha to observe Choitro Shonkranti -- last day of the Bangla Year 1413 (April 13).
 arrow Charity concert by HSBC
The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd (HSBC) in Bangladesh held its fourth charity concert at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on April 13, 2007.
Generalarrow RU BCL protests charge sheet against Hasina
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) yesterday expressed grave concern over the recent filing of a charge sheet against Awami League President Sheikh Hasina and 45 14-party leaders for Paltan violence onOctober
 arrow Govt to address Rohingya crisis in earnest: Foreign adviser
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has said this government will address the problem of Rohingya refugees in earnest with a view to resolving the crisis.
 arrow 5 establishments fined in Sylhet
A mobile court yesterday realised Tk 95,000 from five establishments, including hotel, restaurants and diagnostic centers, in the city for different reasons.
 arrow Iftekhar leaves for London today
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury leaves for London today at the invitation of British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Margaret Beckett, with environment and development
 arrow BELTA AGM held
The annual general meeting of Bangladesh English Language Teachers Association (BELTA) was held at the British Council auditorium on April 13, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Lankan peace process, ceasefire in tatters
Sri Lanka's peace process is in tatters with both the government and Tamil Tigers once again pushing for a military solution, according to diplomats close to efforts to end the conflict.
 arrow 20 killed in Afghan violence
Afghan security forces backed by international troops killed 16 militants while a suicide attacker killed four Afghan employees of a US-owned private security firm, officials said Sunday.
 arrow Nepal's June 20 polls 'not possible': EC
Nepal's Election Commission (EC) has finally said it is technically impossible to conduct free and fair constituent assembly (CA) polls on June 20 as decided by the ruling eight-party coalition.
 arrow Rahul is Upís future, says Manmohan
In a significant move aimed at reviving the fortunes of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday projected young MP Rahul Gandhi as the state's new leader, saying he is its
 arrow Israel ready for talks with Arabs on ME peace
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said yesterday that Israel was ready to talk with Arab states over their peace plan as he held the first round of planned regular meetings with Palestinian president MahmudAbbas.
 arrow 37 killed in Thai flash floods
Flash floods swept over two waterfalls on a southern Thai mountain packed with picnickers and swimmers celebrating the country's New Year, killing at least 37 people and leaving dozens more missing, officials
 arrow US urges N Korea to act on nukes
North Korea was under pressure yesterday to take action after failing to meet a deadline for shutting its nuclear reactor, with Washington calling for Pyongyang to allow nuclear inspectors back into the
 arrow Pak minister fears for life over edict
Pakistan's tourism minister says she fears for her life after clerics at a radical mosque issued an edict accusing her of sinning by hugging her French parachute jumping instructor, the state news agency
 arrow Iran plans to build 2 nuke plants
Iran said yesterday it is seeking bids for the building of two more nuclear power plants, despite international pressures to curb its controversial programme.
 arrow 4 rebels killed in Kashmir
Indian troops shot dead four suspected Islamic militants in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said yesterday, while a Muslim man was also beheaded in further violence.
 arrow Moroccan city hit by bomber brothers
Two brothers blew themselves up near the US consulate in Casablanca on Saturday, while Moroccan police said they had arrested the ringleaders behind earlier blasts in the city.
 arrow 21 people killed during poll in Nigeria
At least 21 people were killed during Saturday's state governorship and parliamentary polls across Nigeria, a top police officer said yesterday.
 arrow UK rakes over fall-out from William-Kate split
Feverish speculation continued Sunday in Britain as to who and what was behind Prince William's shock split from his university sweetheart Kate Middleton.
 arrow Protesters, police clash in Russia
Club-swinging riot police clashed yesterday with opposition supporters as an anti-Kremlin protest dispersed in Russia's second-largest city, chasing small groups of demonstrators, beating some on theground
Editorialarrow Editorial: Police reform agenda
That the Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed takes reform of the police force as a priority task of the government strikes a responsive chord in the public mind.
 arrow Editorial: CNG filling stations
With the recent hike in gasoline prices the bee lines of vehicles at the city's CNG filling as well as conversion stations continue to grow even longer by the day.
 arrow The slithery schemer is netted, finally
Arrests are making headlines these days. Roly-poly MPs and ministers are looking noticeably befuddled at finding themselves in a reverse role.
 arrow World strikes back
Is peace patriotic? That is the nub of the debate consuming America, as it debates the meaning of victory and the implications of defeat in Iraq. War, of course, has always been patriotic.
 arrow Dialogue on reform of electoral laws
It is really encouraging that the election commission (EC) is moving forward with a dialogue plan with civil society bodies at the end of this month for their opinion on the proposed reform of electoral
Letters to Editorarrow Punish the killers of 1971
The nation will always be indebted to the victims of the 1971 genocide until we punish all those who were responsible for the indiscriminate killings.
 arrow Towards Middle East peace
Apart from lambasting the "illegitimate foreign occupation" of Iraq by US-led forces, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia also urged Arab leaders at a historic summit in the
 arrow Bird Flu
Bangladesh has 125,000 small and large poultry firms producing 250 million broilers and 6 billion eggs annually, with an annual turnover of $750 million.
 arrow Contain noise pollution
Residents of Dhaka still have to put up with deafening noise of vehicular horns and do not feel the difference in noise quality, despite the recent clamp down on horn-happy motorists.
 arrow Distortion of history
Distortion of the history of our Liberation War by certain so-called intellectuals is a crime.
 arrow Software Fair
Don't you ever wish you had a software which could enable you to receive and send e-mails in Bengali? Are you determined to get rid of all the scrappy paperwork or records you have been keeping of the
 arrow Expatriates' MP
The economy of Bangladesh depends to a great extent on the money remitted by the expatriates living in the Middle East, America, Australia and Europe.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's claim
I strongly oppose Sheikh Hasina's repeated claim of speaking for the people of Bangladesh.
 arrow Tigers on top
Congratulations to our valiant boys on their great success against the giant Proteas.
 arrow "Dr. Yunus and the future of Bangladesh"
I agree wholeheartedly that Dr. Yunus and his political party Nagorik Shakti is the only hope left for Bangladesh and its people. Dr.
 arrow Vitiated social milieu
When we look at the pictures of the arrested people we see a sure sign of guilt in their faces. Only a few days ago they were roaming around boastfully as if nothing could touch them.
 arrow Extend Atish Dipanker Avenue
The caretaker government is taking many bold steps, which will benefit the people for a long time to come.
 arrow "Extraaa" trouble
I appreciated reading Mohammad Islam's article "Mandira hurts Tigers' sentiments" on the Star Sport (March 27, 2007). It is not comprehensible why Set Max is allowing such gibberish to go on live.
 arrow 'A culture of hate and spite'
This refers to the article by Hana Shams Ahmed in the Independence Day Special issue. The writer deserves our thanks for bringing forth an issue of immense import for our national polity.
 arrow Our rights
We must support democracy and good governance. Because we are living in a democratic environment we need to respect the constitution and the national flag.
 arrow General's statement
Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed's statement regarding the founding father (Nation has failed to recognize father of nation: Gen Moeen, The Daily Star, 3/28/2007) is of utmost significance.
Star Cityarrow Pahela Boishak welcomed in style
Thousands of men and women clad in red-and-white outfit thronged the Ramna Botomul in the city to celebrate the Pahela Baishakh as the dawn broke heralding the New Year 1414.
 arrow 'Public suffering to increase'
The government has recently decided to increase the fare of CNG-run autorickshaws with effect from May 1, but the drivers and commuters say this will not improve the chaotic situation in the sector unless
 arrow Conveniently delayed to plunder environment, urban landscape
Urban experts and environmentalists have raised serious doubts about the effectiveness of city's Detailed Area Plan (DAP) as it has been delayed by11 years.
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