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Great expectations unfulfilled

People's hopes for the best and confidence in the caretaker government seem to be reducing while the country's economy is experiencing recession.

Hasina falls sick in courtroom

Detained former premier Sheikh Hasina fell sick during a hearing at the special courtroom on charge framing against her in a Tk 3 crore extortion case yesterday.

They took artefacts for precious stones

Arrested Abbas Ali, alleged ringleader of "Abbas-Nasir" smuggling gang of Zia International Airport (ZIA), became a millionaire stealing goods from the cargo area of the airport while his cohort Nasir Uddin provided information about goods kept at ZIA.

Rice prices hit record high

The price of per kilogram coarse rice hit the all-time high Tk 30 yesterday as prices of rice shot up by Tk 2 per kg in the capital and elsewhere in the country in the last 48 hours.

Pak vote faces four weeks' delay

Pakistan's elections will be delayed by at least four weeks due to mass unrest after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, a cabinet official told AFP yesterday.

Probe points at Rangs construction

The method of demolition of Rangs Bhaban was correct, said the Ministry of Housing and Public Works yesterday quoting the report submitted by the committee probing the December 8 collapse of the building.

Hasina shown held in Niko graft case

Detained former premier and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina was shown arrested yesterday in Niko graft case filed against her on charge of causing a huge loss to the state through awarding gas exploration deals to Canadian company Niko by abusing power while in office.

Credit growth declines despite surplus liquidity

Credit growth in commercial banks decreased by 8.01 percentage points in the first 10 months of 2007 compared with the corresponding period of 2006 despite having over Tk 14,000 crore surplus liquidity in the banks.

17th century mosque on the verge of ruination

A 17th century mosque in Kaharol upazila of Dinajpur decorated with terracotta plaques is on the verge of becoming a ruin due to high salinity and lack of maintenance.

DU teacher tells court of colleagues' involvement

A Dhaka University teacher of the pro-BNP White Panel yesterday gave statement against four senior colleagues and 15 students in connection with two cases filed for breaching the Emergency Power Rules (EPR) in August last year.

Essentials prices won't go down soon

Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Salehuddin Ahmed hardly sees any possibility of reducing the prices of essentials in the near future, but said the rate of inflation will get stabilised to some extent next year while it will decline on long-term expectation.

25 workers warn of hunger strike

Twenty-five returnee workers, cheated and abused in Malaysia, yesterday said they would begin a hunger strike unless their recruiting agent Kabir Enterprise pays them compensation within the next three days.

KM Sobhan passes away

Justice KM Sobhan died of cardiac arrest at Birdem Hospital in the capital yesterday. He was 82.

Polls in '08 at any cost

Law and Information Adviser Mainul Hosein yesterday categorically said whatever risk is there the caretaker government will hold election by 2008 at any cost.

Ex-MP Pramanik sued for abetting militants

Former BNP lawmaker Shamsul Alam Pramanik and 12 others have been sued for extortion and patronising militants.

New Year's Eve passes smoothly

The city hot spots seemed deserted in the early hours today, as potential revellers shied away from going out to celebrate the New Year's Eve amid tight security measures taken to fend off any untoward situation.

Indian HC clarifies rice price hike

The High Commission of India yesterday said a number of recent media reports regarding India's upping of its minimum export price of rice were misleading and inaccurate.

Kiwis maul Tigers

Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum put on record performances as New Zealand thrashed Bangladesh by 10 wickets with 44 overs to spare in the third and final one-day international here Monday.

Bhutan votes in first democratic elections

The isolated Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan yesterday held its first parliamentary elections aimed at transforming the country from absolute monarchy to constitutional democracy.

Maoist rebels rejoin Nepal government

Four former communist rebels were sworn in as Cabinet ministers in Nepal on Monday, ending a political crisis that began when the ex-guerrillas walked out of a coalition government three-months ago.

New Year parties cancelled at Karachi beach

Thousands of Pakistani revellers keen to welcome in the New Year with beach parties on the Arabian Sea here had their plans scuttled on Monday night when police ordered them to stay away.


Goodbye 2007

As we look back to 2007 we do so with a mixed feeling. The pessimists perhaps might say that it could have been better. We would like to suggest that as things turned out for us in Bangladesh, it could have been worse.

Shocking succession to Benazir

The sadness that has weighed upon people's minds following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto can only deepen with the way her Pakistan People's Party has decided to elect its new leadership. The bigger truth, though, is that there is really nothing new or inspiring about the new men now in charge of the party. With Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari taking over as the chairman and co-chairman of the party respectively, it is once more a dominance of dynastic politics rather than democracy that manifests itself. At the same time and in a very regrettable way, it shows up once again the power and influence that Pakistan's traditionally feudal society still exercises over the masses. By doing what it has done, the PPP has done little to convince anyone that democracy in Pakistan will benefit from the move.

Human Rights Commission and enforcement sensitisation

The news of proposed legislation about the formation of a Human Rights Commission being approved by the advisory council is salutary. The establishment of a commission to specifically look into potential and actual instances of human rights violation is expected to have a preventive and sobering influence on state actors, particularly of the regulatory outfits. One can hope that the enforcement organs that exercise coercive powers will be more than cautious in the discharge of their duties.

The 2008 resolution

One more atrocity by terrorists and an irretrievable loss for Pakistan! The great promise that Ms. Benazir had to offer to this country now remains with us only as frustrated aspirations. Benazir's assassination was a tragedy waiting to happen, she knew it and all of us knew it. To carry on regardless in the face of such imminent and terminal danger requires special courage, for which no eulogy can be enough.


Sports 2007 : Off the beaten track

As the dawn breaks in the New Year, everyone would love to forget the depressing sporting year of 2007 as soon as possible. A flickering hope of walking in the right way again would keep the sportsmen alive though, as the country tries to settle and bank on the coming sporting events to revive its reputation in the backdrop of players plunging into uncertainty and many considering ending their careers prematurely as money continued to dry up from the grim domestic sports scene.

Brilliant start & forgettable end

The last day of the Year 2007 could not turn any worse for the Tigers. If Queen's Park Oval was a dream then Queenstown is a living nightmare.

Our bits and bobs

Sometimes work pressure brings the best out of The Daily Star Sport team and our stomach starts yearning for 'something good'. At that point, all eyes move to the birthday list on the bulletin board to check out the next fulfilling dinner.

Moments of 2007

Each year has its share of thrills and spills; and 2007 was nothing different. Here at Daily Star Sport, we share our favourite moments and the not-so favourite ones and a quote that will remind us of this year.

Performance tribute

As the year 2007 comes to an end, The Daily Star Sport acknowledges the outstanding performances by the Bangladeshis both on the local and international stages.

2007 - of scandals, failures and glory

In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman to grace the earth.

Tigers defeated, disgraced

Bangladesh suffered an embarrassing 10-wicket loss in the third and final ODI against New Zealand at the Queenstown Events Centre on Monday.

Dhaka win a thriller

A last over drama saw Dhaka steal a one-run victory over Chittagong in the ninth round one-day of the 9th National Cricket League at the Chittagong Divisional Cricket Stadium yesterday.

Bangladesh play opening match today

Bangladesh face hosts South Africa in the opening match of the tri-nation Under-19 cricket tournament at Sinovich Park in Sinoville, Pretoria today.

Sunrise hold Arambagh

Newcomers Sunrise Krira Chakra held favourites Arambagh Krira Sangha to a goalless draw in the opening match of the Senior Division Football League at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

V-Day sports

BKSP and Sonali Bank recorded contrasting wins in the Dhaka Bank Victory Day hockey tournament yesterday.

Ansars women's volleyball champs

Bangladesh Ansar defeated Pabna 3-1 in the final at the Volleyball Stadium to lift the Pepsi 18th National Women's Volleyball Championship title yesterday.

Lee warns India

Australian pace spearhead Brett Lee Monday warned it may get worse for Indian batsmen in the remaining matches of the series with pitches being more helpful for fast bowlers.

Hart denies L'pool

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart produced an 86th minute wonder save to deny Dirk Kuyt a late winner for Liverpool as the two challengers for Champions League qualification fought out a tense 0-0 draw at Eastlands here on Sunday.

New Year test for Gunners

The turn of the year can be both an inspiring and a daunting time for English Premier League clubs as they reach the end of a congested holiday fixture programme and contemplate the challenges that lie ahead in the second-half of the season.

Serena spearheads win

Serena Williams shrugged off her jet lag to lead the United States to a 3-0 victory over the Czech Republic at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis tournament on Monday.

Nadal wants Olympic title

World number two Rafael Nadal wants to win the Olympic title at Beijing, but has distanced himself from trying to topple Swiss champion Roger Federer from the pedestal.

Berbatov looking to move

Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov wants to leave Tottenham if a suitable offer comes in during the January transfer window, his agent said Monday.

Rui Costa to quit

Benfica's former Portuguese international Rui Costa revealed Monday that he will retire at the end of the season.

Barton let me down: Big Sam

Under-fire Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce on Monday blasted controversial midfielder Joey Barton for letting him down.

Heskey set for return

Wigan's England striker Emile Heskey looks set to make his comeback at Liverpool on Wednesday.

Alloudi pens $1m deal

Rising Moroccan star Soufiane Alloudi revealed Monday that he has signed a three-year deal worth one-million dollars with Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.


Tk 500cr Jamuna Bridge securitised bonds proposed

Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), responsible for offloading shares of government entities, recently proposed to the government to securitise Jamuna Bridge, the country's largest civil engineering project, by issuing Tk 500 crore bonds to be traded on the stock market.

Weavers struggle as Benarasi saree zone yet to be set up

Benarasi saree weavers in Mirpur area in the capital have long been struggling for their survival as the proposed Benarasi Palli (village) is yet to be set up, although government lands were allocated for the project in 1984.

Dhaka int'l trade fair kicks off today

The 13th version of the Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) begins today.

Cellphone subscriptions reach 33.1m until Nov

The total number of mobile phone subscribers of the country's six cellphone operators has reached 33.10 million at the end of November 2007.

Issue customs notice to start duty-free RMG export

Dhaka has requested New Delhi to immediately issue a customs notification so that Bangladeshi exporters can start duty-free export of eight million pieces of readymade garments to India a year.

Asian stocks set to rise in 2008

Asian stock markets gave investors a white-knuckle ride in 2007 but most are up sharply and analysts predict turbulent gains next year despite a severe US financial crisis.

AB Bank gets new logo

AB Bank Ltd unveiled its new logo yesterday as the bank is heading towards a new strategic direction with a renewed pledge to serve its clients better.

FBCCI guideline for exporters, entrepreneurs

Country's premier trade body FBCCI yesterday launched a guideline for the existing and prospective exporters and entrepreneurs.

Investors pull out $741m from India in '07

Global investors pulled out $741 million from India-focused funds in 2007, even as Indian bourses saw foreign inflow of close to $17 billion during the year. Funds focused on India witnessed an outflow of $741 million this year as against an inflow of $1.6 billion last year, according to data compiled by international fund tracking firm EPFR Global.

New MD of Berger Paints Bangladesh

Rupali Chowdhury has been appointed new managing director of Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd with effect from January 1, 2008.

Pakistani shares slide in post-Benazir turmoil

Pakistan share prices closed down 4.7 percent on Monday in the turmoil after Benazir Bhutto's assassination, dealers said, calling it one of the bourse's steepest-ever one-day drops.

SKorea pardons tycoon over huge financial collapse

The founder of South Korea's Daewoo Group, who had been given a lengthy jail term for his role in one of the world's largest corporate failures, was pardoned Monday under a traditional New Year amnesty.

Dacca Dyeing declares 15pc stock dividend

Dacca Dyeing & Manufacturing Co Ltd has declared a 15 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year 2006-07.


Formulate policy to ensure rights of children with disability

Jaheda Khatun, aged around 40 years, has become tired with her four sons as all of them are physically and mentally challenged and the society did not extended any support to the poor woman to rear her children.

Participants urged not to express political views

Scholars Bangladesh, organisers of the non-resident Bangladeshi (NRB)- conference yesterday urged all participants not to express any political views in the name of the conference.

‘Night shelters to reduce sexual abuse by 80pc’

Sexual abuse and violence against street children would be reduced by almost eighty percent if night shelter centres can be set up, speakers at a press conference said yesterday.

'Duta members to work unitedly to free detained teachers, students'

A number of members of Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) yesterday said they will work unitedly to free their detained colleagues and students.

Nadeem, Khasru elected OCAB president, secy

Nadeem Qadir of Readers Digest USA/GBC radio, Canada and Amir Khasru of Voice of America have been elected president and general secretary of the Overseas Correspondents Association Bangladesh (OCAB) for 2008 on Sunday, says a press release.

Keep 50pc seats reserved for women in buses

Karmojibi Nari (KN) demanded of the government to keep 50 percent seats reserved for the women in buses and other transports, says a press release.

Five arrested at Mirpur

Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five persons from Mirpur area in the city on Sunday night in connection with the killing of an army man on December 15.


Galloping rice prices in northern districts

People in northern districts, particularly low income groups, are facing hard days as rice prices have soared in all markets while harvest of Amon paddy is yet to be over.

Scramble, wait for nights for passport in Barisal

Passport seekers are waiting for days in long queues in front of Barisal passport office following a rumour that candidates who did not pass the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination will not be issued passport after the first week of January.

Kalmakanda UNO, 2 officials face extortion case

An extortion case was filed in Netrakona judicial magistrate court yesterday against Kalmakanda Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Goutom Chandra Paul, Upazila Fishery Officer (UFO) Shahjahan Mia and Upazila Cooperative Officer (UCO) Ali Azgor Tarafder.

Outlaw killed in shootout with police in Kushtia

A regional leader of outlawed Biplobi Communist Party (BCP) was killed in a shootout with police at Isalmari village in Mirpur upazila early yesterday.

Bijoy Mela begins in Sylhet

A month-long Bijoy Mela organised by the Muktijoddha Sangsad began at Beanibazar upazila headquarters yesterday.

Jasim Mela opens in Faridpur

A two-week Jasim Polli Mela (Jasim Fair) was inaugurated yesterday at Jasim Uddayan at Ambikapur village in Faridpur in observance of the 105th birth anniversary of Polli Kobi Jasimuddin

RU reopens today

Rajshahi University will reopen today after 18 days' vacation.

Youth dies from 'wrong treatment'

A young man died allegedly due to wrong treatment at a dental clinic at Bangabandhu Supermarket in Shyamnagar upazila Sunday night.


110 killed as post-election violence sweeps Kenya

An eruption of fresh violence triggered by Kenya's disputed presidential ballot left more than 110 dead yesterday, after defeated opposition candidate Raila Odinga rejected Mwai Kibaki's re-election.

Pakistanis get back to routines

Millions of Pakistanis ventured out into the streets of major cities for the first time in three days yesterday, as violence eased after an official mourning period for slain political Benazir Bhutto.

US stuck with Musharraf

Top presidential candidates said Sunday the United States was stuck for now with Pakistan's unpopular President Pervez Musharraf at a time of boiling unrest in the nuclear-armed US ally.

India wary but calm over Pakistan crisis

No country should have more to fear from Pakistan's slide toward instability than India.

'Family name everything for Benazir's teenage son’

What's in a name? For the teenage son of Benazir Bhutto, analysts say, almost everything.

Sri Lanka vows victory against Tigers in '08

Sri Lanka's top military commanders have vowed to win the decades-old war against Tamil separatists in the new year, a state-run daily said yesterday.

Pro-Thaksin party claims enough seats to form govt

The political party aligned with ousted Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Monday it had enough seats to form a government after three minor parties joined its coalition.

25 police, soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Twenty-five policemen and soldiers have been killed across insurgency-hit Afghanistan in fresh -- mainly Taliban-linked -- violence, authorities said yesterday.

N Korea set to miss nuclear deadline

North Korea showed no signs of meeting its deadline yesterday for declaring all of its nuclear programmes, a key component of its agreement to disarm in exchange for economic aid.

Hillary to win polls, Musharraf to go: FT

Hillary Clinton will win the US presidency in 2008 while the world's biggest economy will avoid falling into a full-blown recession, the Financial Times forecast yesterday.

Arts & Entertainment

CRP's call for celebrations

The new calendar by Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) is as cute and colourful as before. Earlier, guided by Arham-ul Huq Chowdhury, the concept and design artists had organised similar calendars with musical instruments and flowers of Bangladesh as the theme. This year the subject is festivals and pageants of Bangladesh, seen through the eyes of the young differently-abled residents of CRP, whom Chowdhury teaches.

Leading artistes perform on the last night of NRB conference

Leading singers of the country -- Sabina Yasmin, Farida Parveen, Syed Abdul Hadi, Kiranchandra Roy, Subir Nandi and Abida Sultana -- performed at the closing session of the three-day cultural programme at the Winter Garden, Hotel Sheraton. The cultural programme was a part of the first Non-Resident Bangladeshi (NRB) Conference '07.

Finale of talent hunt in Rangamati

The Grand finale of the three month-long 'Music Talent Hunt 2007', the first of its kind in Rangamati was held last weekend with much enthusiasm at the Rajbari Stadium in the hill town.

Manobadhiker Nattya Utshab in Jaipurhat

A daylong drama festival on human rights, 'Manobadhiker Nattya Utshab' was held in Jaipurhat recently to educate the masses on issues regarding human rights through stage plays, recitations, songs, dances and discussions.

Cultural programme by Sammillito Sangkritik Jote

Sammillito Sangkritik Jote's Dinajpur unit recently held a three-day cultural programme that included plays, dances, recitation and discussion marking the Victory Day.


On poet Jasim Uddin's 103rd birthday

Jasim Uddin was born on January 1, 1904, in a small village, Tambulkhana, in the Faridpur district of East Bengal. That was his grandparent's village, only eight miles from his parent's home in Govindapur. He has described these two villages and their manner of life in his autobiography. Many scenes from The Field and Gipsy Wharf have their setting in these villages. In those books, Jasim Uddin is writing of a time when the land of Bengal had fewer problems than it does at present.

Life in alluvial lands

Independence…The long-cherished goal of Bengalis achieved at the cost of millions of lives and immense sacrifice. On December 16th, 1971, this message of liberation reached every corner of the country, from the state-stratum to every profession, nature and rivers.

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