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Front Pagearrow WB to lend $550m
The World Bank (WB) yesterday it would lend roughly 550 million dollars to Bangladesh as a first installment of development funds under a three-year plan.
 arrow Robbers, burglars rule the city
Cash and valuables said to be worth over Tk 55 lakh were looted in separate incidents of robbery and theft in Siddheshwari and Kakrail yesterday morning.
 arrow GDP to gyrate up
The GDP growth this fiscal has been projected at 5.33 per cent, 0.91 percentage point higher than last fiscal's, according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS).
 arrow BAC probes BSS project on human rights
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) is investigating alleged corruption and irregularities in the Tk 75.
 arrow 4 US soldiers killed in Iraqi guerilla attacks
Four US soldiers were killed in a flare-up of guerilla attacks in Iraq that continued for a second day yesterday, marring the US-led administration's claim that post-war reconstruction is steaming ahead.
 arrow Civil society decries WTO duplicity
A civil society forum yesterday criticised the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for its 'unequal, immoral' regulations that further marginalised the least developed countries (LDCs).
 arrow Vajpayee for more steps to resume Indo-Pak talks
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee yesterday said some more steps would be taken to help build an atmosphere of trust to resume dialogue with Pakistan.
 arrow M.Phil. students lose session to DU laxity
Sixty students who qualified for admission to M.Phil.
 arrow Meet on 'road map' to ME peace delayed
Israel and the Palestinians yesterday delayed a meeting of their prime ministers on the US-backed 'road map' to peace that had been planned for today, officials on both sides said.
 arrow US embassy's clarification
The US embassy has contradicted a report of The Daily Star published yesterday and said the United States is not requiring Bangladeshi nationals to have machine-readable passports in order to be admitted
 arrow Water project to mitigate arsenic poison may get new term
The Bangladesh Arsenic Mitigation Water Supply Project (BAMWSP) may be extended for another three years, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Rain soothes sultry capital
The capital was under the feel of a mild heat wave until evening rain came as a relief yesterday.
 arrow DCC finally ready for aerial spray
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is now ready for aerial spraying of larvicide to combat mosquitoes.
 arrow PDB to tap wind power
An agreement was signed yesterday between the Power Development Board (PDB) and the Infrastructure Investment Facilitation Centre (IIFC) to generate wind-powered electricity in coastal area.
 arrow OIC FMs' meet opens in Tehran today
The four-day 30th OIC Foreign Ministers' Conference begins today at the Islamic Republic of Iran's Broadcasting (IRIB) conference centre here in the backdrop of recent events in Iraq.
 arrow 7 get life term for killing AL leader
A court here yesterday sentenced seven people to life imprisonment for murdering AL leader Sardar Harunur Rashid in 2001.
 arrow PM switches on 1.39 lakh Digital lines today
The nagging scarcity of fixed line phones is likely to ease up a bit as the state-owned Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) will switch on 1.39 lakh digital lines in Dhaka and outside today.
Businessarrow Govt to study ICAB call for forming watchdog, updating companies act
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has directed the ministry of commerce to look into two proposals by the chartered accountants, which sought updating the companies act and forming a board to review the application
 arrow Vegetable export processing project awaits NEC nod
The government is taking up a Tk 200 crore project to develop export-oriented vegetable gardens to increase vegetable export.
 arrow BB discourages private placement in bank IPO
The central bank on Monday advised the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to encourage banks in raising funds through floating initial public offering (IPO) rather than private placements.
 arrow Lift new condition for releasing raw materials
Corrugated carton manufacturers yesterday demanded repealing of a recent National Board of Revenue (NBR) order that made it mandatory for them to produce bank guarantee before customs for releasing raw
 arrow 2-day German-Bangladesh trade symposium begins
A two-day German-Bangladesh trade symposium began at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Motor show opens today
The first-ever motor show in Bangladesh begins today at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka to showcase brand new automobiles.
 arrow EU clears cut-price drugs plan for poor countries
EU cleared the way Monday to deliver cut-price medicines to poor countries, while rejecting charges it is starving the Third World due to a ban on genetically modified foods.
 arrow ECB appears to cut rate as euro soars to all-time highs
As the euro soared to all-time highs against the dollar on Tuesday, putting the squeeze on European exporters, the European Central Bank appeared to be preparing to come to the rescue and cut euro-zone
Sportsarrow Hockey: Abahani call all the shots
Defending champions Abahani Krira Chakra enjoyed a successful harvest on the first day of the four-day inter-club hockey players' transfer at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: India play Pakistan today
Top hockey rivals India and Pakistan clash for the first time this year in a three-nation men's tournament starting at Perth Hockey Stadium here Wednesday night.
 arrow Cricket: DU toil, Comilla canter
Dhaka University (DU) and Comilla won their respective matches in the 26th National Cricket Cham-pionship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: No room for Inzamam yet
Out-of-favour Pakistan cricket star Inzamamul Haq has failed to win back his place for next month's one-day series with England.
 arrow Cricket: Raja finds 'discrepancy'
A top Pakistani cricket official on Monday questioned an apparent discrepancy in punishments meted out by the International Cricket Council under its code of conduct.
 arrow Cricket: SA better off without Zulu
All-rounder Lance Klusener is a disruptive force who can "ruin a team", according to new South Africa captain Graeme Smith.
 arrow French Open: Biggies move on
Paris in the springtime puts a spring in the step of young lovers.
 arrow French Open: Hingis puts past aside
Martina Hingis, winner of five Grand Slams before she was 20 in the days before the powerful Williams sisters came along to defy her, was back at Roland Garros this week - but there's no chance of her
 arrow UEFA Champs League: Bracing for el grande
Nobody can dispute that Italian clubs have rediscovered the ability to win this season.
 arrow UEFA Champs League: KEY MEN
Penpics of key AC Milan and Juventus players ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final against Juventus at Old Trafford, Manchester:

AC MILAN Paolo Maldini (defender): Maldini's

 arrow UEFA Champs League: ROAD TO OLD TRAFFORD
Road to the Champions League final for Juventus and AC Milan who meet at Old Trafford, Manchester on Wednesday:

FIRST ROUND Juventus: Two goals from Marco Di Vaio give Juventus a 2-0

 arrow UEFA Champs League: Rule Italia!
AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday hit out at sceptics who have predicted his side's Champions League final against Juventus could turn into a defensive stalemate in the worst traditions of the
 arrow UEFA Champs League: An ice cream final!
Ice cream in team colours is the closest many Italian soccer fans will get to the Champions League final at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Keeping mum on MU
Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldinho has refused to say if he will be joining Manchester United after Paris St Germain's French Cup final against Auxerre on Saturday.
Politicalarrow JCD men beat up 2 JU students
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres of Jahangirnagar University (JU) allegedly beat up two students on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Role of newsmen in defusing tension in region stressed
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday stressed the role of journalists of the region in defusing tension and furthering the process of peace in the region.
 arrow $ 52m fund for AIDS awareness campaign remains unutilised
A fund of $52 million meant for HIV/AIDS awareness campaign remained unutilised due to lack of vision and concerted efforts of the government, speakers said at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Country under proper sanitation by 2010
The government is determined to bring the country under proper sanitation by 2010.
 arrow Police recover bombs from DU lecturer's residence
Eight bombs were recovered from near the Shahidullah Hall residence of a lecturer of Dhaka University (DU) on Monday night.
 arrow Elections to 17 more Ups by May 31
Elections to 17 more Union Parishads (UP) will be held by the end of the current month and to another 13 UPs by July 15 this year.
 arrow Student strike at CU begins today
Chittagong University is to go through a spell of student strike from today.
Nationalarrow Mongla poura by-polls amid tension today
The ruling party has brought in a large number of armed cadres to rig today's by-election to Mongla Pourasava chairman post, the Awami Leaguebacked candidate alleged.
 arrow Tanguar Haor left for plunder
Tender for leasing the Tanguar Haor, a Ramsar Site in Sunamganj, evoked very poor response from private investors once again, leaving the 3900 acre sweet water wetland exposed to plunder.
 arrow 4 teachers against 20 posts, students boycott classes
Students of the dental unit at Chittagong Medical College (CMC) are boycotting classes for a week protesting shortage of teachers and irregularities that greatly hamper academic activities.
 arrow Steps to increase fish fry output in Kaptai lake
The authorities have taken initiatives to increase production of fish fry in Kaptai lake.
 arrow Job seekers ransack office in Rangamati
Agitated candidates who sat for written test here for posts of primary schools teachers ransacked the Rangamati Hill District Council (RHDC) office on Sunday demanding fresh test.
 arrow Schoolboy abducted for ransom
A schoolboy was abducted for ransom from Bamundia village in Daulatpur upazila on Saturday night.

The victim was identified as Tuhin, 14, son of one Moynul Hossain of Bamundia.

Foreign Relationsarrow Senegal to back Bangladesh
Senegal will support Bangladesh's candidature for Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Conference.
Culturearrow Poetic forms engraved on wood
Rajaul Islam Lovelu, who has recently had his exhibition of wood carving at Zainul Gallery has done his MFA from the Institute of Fine Arts recently.
 arrow Cannes waves flag for US auteur films by giving top prize to "Elephant"
France's love-hate relationship with US cinema remained intact Monday after the Cannes movie festival bestowed its Palme d'Or on an auteur film by US director Gus Van Sant that confronts America's problem
Generalarrow Vegetable exporters may stop Shipment from June 1
Export of perishables may stop if the government does not withdraw a 15 percent freight charge hike, supposed to come into effect from June 1.
 arrow Comilla Head Post Office robbed
The Comilla Head Post Office was looted Monday night by a gang of about 10 robbers who cleaned out its treasury room of cash and valuables worth over Tk 22 lakh, police said yesterday.
 arrow Video camera in HSC exam Centres to curb cheating
Rajshahi education board has identified about 42 Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations centres this year as 'most trouble prone', and decided to set up secret video camera to check widespread
 arrow Former union chairman main accused
Monday's triple murder has sparked widespread resentment among local people over the deteriorating law and order situation.
 arrow BELA gets UN award
The Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) has received the United Nations Environment Award 2003.
 arrow Hearing of writ on judges' job non-confirmation resumes June 16
Hearing of the writ petitions of former additional judges of the High Court will resume on June 16 by a larger bench.
 arrow Three heroin smugglers sent to jail
Three Pakistani passport holders arrested on Wednesday with about 14 kilograms of heroin stuffed into 176 toothpaste tubes at Zia International Airport (ZIA) were sent to the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow Contractor shot dead
A contractor was gunned down allegedly by extortionists at East Kazipara in the city's Kafrul area yesterday.

A gang of five armed men shot Kazi Hasibuddin Ahmad, 45, when he was getting into his car.

 arrow Housewife chopped to death for dowry
A housewife was chopped to death yesterday allegedly by her husband over dowry at Baintain village under Bhuapur Police Station of the district.

The victim was identified as Shahida Begum, 20.

Internationalarrow Delhi-Lahore bus service to resume
India has decided to resume bus services between New Delhi and the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore as part of a peace initiative between the two countries, the foreign ministry said Monday.
 arrow N Korea warns Japan of 'fatal fiasco' if it blindly follows US
Japan will "meet a fatal fiasco" if it continues to blindly follow US policy, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Tuesday.
 arrow Hundreds of Asian women sex slaves in Australia
Australia's top crime agency yesterday revealed it was examining allegations that hundreds of young women were being lured from Asia with promises of work and then forced to work as sex slaves.
 arrow Iraqi Shiites campaign against Kurdish arms ban exemption
The main Shiite Muslim group that opposed Saddam Hussein Tuesday stepped up its campaign against the US-led occupation administration's decision to dissolve its military wing.
 arrow Son of Shah sees opportunity as US turns heat on Tehran
Reza Pahlavi, eldest son of Iran's ousted Shah, sees opportunity as US officials turn their attention to his country's Islamic regime as a possible next target in Washington's relentless campaign against
Editorialarrow Editorial: Separation of judiciary
The separation of judiciary from the executive still seems some way off.
 arrow Editorial: Indo-Pak relations
The prospects of relations between India and Pakistan being normalised through talks have been brightened further by Indian Foreign Minister Yashwant Sinha's assertion, in an interview with Britain'sFinancial
 arrow Legalising an illegal war!
President Bush said -- 'We shall prevail'. He prevailed not only over Iraqi regime, but also over the UN and the international community. It is only arms that matter in this unjust world.
 arrow Are nukes invincible?
It is exactly five years since Pakistan blasted its way into the nuclear club. It is not that Islamabad's nukes did not exist earlier.
 arrow WTO's Mexico round: Developing countries should put up a bold show
It will perhaps be another round of unequal fight at the forth-coming WTO Round at Cancan, Mexico, between the most powerful developed nations, comprising just one fourth of the total WTO (World Trade
Letters to Editorarrow Rayer Bazar Monument Road
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks for publishing the story on "Rayer Bazar Martyred Intellectuals Monument" in your Star City supplement.
 arrow Our perception of life
During the 80s when I was very young (but old enough to understand the value of money), people in the government services used to live a plain and simple life with the paltry amount of their salary income.
 arrow "Exam hazards"
I am glad to see that my simple letter (May 19) raised so many views.
 arrow Save our City!
This letter is in support of Architect Kashef's letter ("Save the JS complex", May 23rd) on indiscreet construction at the Sangsad Bhaban site.
 arrow Efficiency and Bangladesh
I fully agree with Alice Akram ("Exam hazard", May 27) and consider ourselves as one of the most inefficient people. Accountability is one word which is completely absent in our psyche.
 arrow "George W Bush is a man of vision"
I fully agree with Mr Mahmood Elahi (May 27) and want to reiterate with him that President Bush is indeed a man of vision.
 arrow How much interest rate can stimulate our economy?
In light of our economic history, present insistence of lowering interest rate by our business people leaves lot of rooms for the validity of their argument.
 arrow "Passport fees"
What's wrong with it if the Bangladesh Embassy in UAE charges a bit more as passport fees?

Bangladesh is a poor country and the expatriates in UAE earn quite handsome amount, I'm sure.

 arrow On Banglapedia
I was browsing the Banglapedia to find the name of my grandfather, Indra Lal Roy, who made a great name as a revolutionary activist in East Bengal as a member of Dhaka Anushilan Samiti.
 arrow Bombings in Saudi Arabia, Casablanca...
I have read with dismay the utter lack of knowledge and one-sided views that readers have with respect to the bombings in Saudi Arabia and Casablanca.
 arrow "Anti-American double standards"
This is in reference to Mahmood Elahi's letter "Anti-American double standards" (May 24).
 arrow Vulgar 'Bangla' movies
Recently, our film actors, actresses, directors and distributors have started demonstrating against the video piracy of 'Bangla' movie.
 arrow UN in Iraq: Vital or central role?
Predictably, the UN Security Council on 23 May, adopted the revised US led coalition's resolution on Iraq lifting the over 12 year long sanctions on Iraq. That is good news.
 arrow Law and order
Law and order have once again deteriorated alarmingly.
StarTecharrow Out there with more options
To make the nation competitive, information and communication technology (ICT) is one major sector that Bangladesh needs to ameliorate.
 arrow Prospects of high-tech manufacturing in Bangladesh - II
Continued from previous weekNow, having considered that the Telephone Shilpa Shangstha (TSS) can be used as a vital launching pad for locally manufacturing mobile telephone sets, we delve a little
 arrow Game Tech
The video game of The Matrix Reloaded has echoed the success of the blockbuster movie, selling more than a million copies in a week.
 arrow BASE in Chittagong
BASE (Bangladesh Advanced Software Education) Limited, the first and only authorised Oracle Education Partner in Bangladesh inaugurated their Chittagong Centre on May 25, 2003, says a press release.


Star Chittagongarrow Ctg port video surveillance project shelved
The project for installation of 'vessel traffic video surveillance system' at Chittagong port has been shelved.
 arrow Sick beyond imagination
Yes, we must say 'no' to the present condition of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH).

It's sick beyond imagination.

Star City arrow Bengal Tigers face eviction
Burdened with an increasing animal population, Dhaka Zoo is planning either to sell off many of its Royal Bengal Tigers, or release them back into the wilds of the Sundarbans with the cooperation of the
 arrow Dividing Dhaka between rich and poor
The Old Airport Road, known commonly as 'VIP Road', has basically divided the city into two.
 arrow Worthwhile waste
City dwellers can barely avoid the acrid smells of garbage while commuting through the streets, lanes and by-lanes.
 arrow Airline safeguards staff against SARS
Simply hearing the word "SARS" (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is enough to give you a chill these days.
 arrow Working women left out
It was her first day at the new job but Rani wasn't feeling excited. As a matter of fact the 24-year-old was far from it as a cloud of uncertainty hovered over her.
 arrow Children helping children
The worst tragedy of war is the suffering of children. But horrified as we were when confronted with images of wounded children during the Iraq war, many of us felt powerless to help.
 arrow Catering for the kitchen market customer
It is a popular saying that, while others eat to live, Bengalis live to eat. If you are a woman in Bangladesh, then the business of eating is probably your concern.