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Front Pagearrow DCC commissioner, Kala Jahangir to die
Two persons have been sentenced to death and 13 to life term in the sensational Advocate Habibur Rahman Mondol Murder case.
 arrow Free floats the exchange rate
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday set foreign currency exchange rate band free from any regulation.
 arrow Businessman gunned down on 3rd attempt
A wealthy businessman who survived two previous attempts on his life was gunned down along with his bodyguard yesterday at Palashpur in Shyampur of the city.
 arrow Wife happy with verdict
Nilufar Yasmin Diba was at home when her husband's killers were sentenced to death and life in prison by the court of Speedy Trial Tribunal, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow How Mondol was killed
It was on the morning of August 20, 2000. Advocate Habibur Rahman Mondol was heading for office by motorbike with his clerk.
 arrow Cruel sun claims 5 lives in Pabna
Power and water proved elusive, but the sun did not. And the mercury was aiming to hit a new height in the current sizzling summer.
 arrow Zia's 22nd Anniversary of death today
The 22nd death anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman will be observed today across the country.
  arrow Dhaka terms AI report one-eyed
Bangladesh termed the Amnesty International's report one-sided and said that it failed to reflect ground realities of the country.
 arrow Over 1,000 expelled on first day
More than 1,000 examinees were expelled for cheating on the first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Alim and Fazil examinations.
 arrow Make global trading system equal
Members from both national and overseas civil societies at a meeting yesterday lashed out at unequal global trading system under the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
 arrow World Heritage Site hostage to caretakers
Religious caretakers are preventing the Department of Archaeology from carrying out renovations to historic Khan Jahan Ali Mazar and Mosque at Bagerhat and threatening to do it themselves.
 arrow WB team due June 1 to see urban transport Project
A World Bank (WB) team from Washington will visit Dhaka on June 1 to review the Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP), sources said.
 arrow Shops, house robbed in Ctg again
In yet another massive robbery, six shops and a house was looted at Banshkhali in the district yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka hands over relief for Iraq
Minster for Disaster Management and Relief Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf yesterday handed over the first consignment of relief for Iraqi people to the representatives of International Federation of Red Cross
 arrow Hearing adjourned till June 3
Cross-examination of the 15th prosecution witness in the Shazneen case, Sub-inspector Mohammad Shamsul Haq, continued for the second day yesterday and the hearing was adjourned till June 3.
 arrow 'Bangladesh always against terrorism'
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said that Bangladesh strongly opposes any form of terrorism at the Islamic Conference of Foreign Minister (ICFM) here.
 arrow Blair steps in Iraq
British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday became the first Western leader to visit post-war Iraq, lauding his troops in a former palace of Saddam Hussein for helping create "a defining moment" in history.
Businessarrow WTO comes under fire
Both incumbent and former commerce ministers yesterday criticised the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for its discriminatory approach in implementing global trade rules which has further marginalised the
 arrow External audit can help bank management
External audit can help overcome bank management's oversight, said eminent economist Professor Wahiduddin Mahmud, adding that the directors should demand external audit in their own-interest.
 arrow Cheap Indian potato hits cold storage businesses: Assoc
As production and preservation costs of potato are high at home, cheap Indian potato is entering Bangladesh, hitting local cold storage businesses hard.
 arrow None will be allowed to dump faulty cars
No foreign manufacturer will be allowed to make Bangladesh a dumping ground for faulty cars, Communications Minister Nazmul Huda said.
 arrow Budget should reflect hopes of grassroots
LGRD and Co-operatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said opinion from the grassroots level should be taken into consideration prior to formulating budget.
 arrow Missed deadlines pile up in global free trade talks
World Trade Organisation (WTO) countries missed two end-May targets Wednesday in a further setback for overall talks to free up world trade and just over three months from a key ministerial meeting.
 arrow Export worries cloud Asian recovery hopes
Asia's export engines are running out of steam, and a round of disappointing data has the region wondering where it can turn to for a growth spark.
 arrow Bush signs historic tax cut bill, Republicans promise more
US President George W. Bush signed the third-biggest tax cut in history Wednesday, promising relief within weeks to millions of taxpayers but only a gradual pickup in the job market.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Whatmore due today
Dav Whatmore arrives in the capital this morning to take over as Bangladesh cricket coach.
 arrow Cricket: Biman, Comilla in semis
Holders Biman and Comilla moved into the semifinals of the 26th National Cricket Championship after winning their respective last group matches in Comilla and Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies still hungry
Unburdened by the end of their 21-game winning streak, the Australians are looking to round off their Caribbean cricket tour with wins in the final two one-dayers here on Friday and Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Gough back in Eng fold
Darren Gough was recalled by England when the selectors announced an otherwise inexperienced one-day squad here on Thursday.
 arrow French Open: Ferrero, Clijsters fly
Tournament favourite Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain hardly broke sweat in reaching the third round of the French Open on Thursday, but top seed Lleyton Hewitt needed four sets and three-and-a-half hours
 arrow French Open: Another Agassi escape act
Andre Agassi performed a French Open escape on Wednesday that escapologist extraordinaire Harry Houdini would have been proud of.
 arrow French Open: French fries
French Open diary on Thursday:

Even though she's absent from the French Open Russian starlet Anna Kournikova has managed to put one over on one of her young rivals.

 arrow UEFA Champs League: Milan shoot to glory

As so many had predicted there were no goals but nobody could accuse AC Milan and Juventus of failing to serve up a drama worthy of a Champions League final at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

 arrow UEFA Champs League: Truly a boring Italian opera

AC Milan's Champions League final victory over Juventus left Europe's media wondering whatever happened to the so-called Italian renaissance.

 arrow UEFA Champs League: Sleepy giant awakes
Milan's sixth European Cup win, over Juventus on Wednesday, restores their status at the top of the game but Carlo Ancelotti's side are still well short of the enthralling and entertaining play produced
Politicalarrow AL dares govt to snap polls
Main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday challenged the ruling BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami coalition to midterm polls and demanded its immediate exit.
 arrow BCL strike cripples CU
Chittagong University (CU) was paralysed due to a strike called by the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) protesting the new initiatives regarding eligibility for the Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) examinations
Metropolitanarrow A woman dies every 20 minutes
A woman dies every 20 minutes from pregnancy complicaions in Bangladesh for lack of proper medical care, doctors and women activists said.
 arrow BGC Trust Hospital starts functioning June next year
The 500-bed BGC Trust Hospital at Kanchannagar under Chandanaish upazila is expected to start functioning in June next year, trust sources said.
 arrow Star-Oriental Bank English debate begins today
The Daily Star-The Oriental Bank 3rd Inter-school English Debate Competition 2003 begins in Chittagong today.

Twelve English medium schools of the port city will take part in the nine-day contest.

 arrow US Congressman urges increased funding for AUW
US Congressman Joseph Crowley has urged the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations to provide increased funding for the Asian University for Women (AUW), says a press release.
 arrow Nrityanchal Festival begins June 4
A two-day Nrityanchal Festival 2003 begins at the Shishu Academy auditorium in the city on June 4, says a press release.
Culturearrow A kaleidoscope of forms and faces
There are more than 70 works in the present exhibition at Kalidas Karmakar's exhibition at the Bengal Gallery of which 30 are drawings and the others being guache works, mixed media on canvas and "washi",
 arrow Successes and dreams
Bari Siddiqui, a renowned flutist has been heard playing on the radio, audio tapes CDs and has also been seen on television for quite some time.
 arrow BAMBA elections
The 5th Election of Bangladesh Musical Band's Association (BAMBA) was held with the participation of member bands on 26th May 2003 at the Art of Noise Studio, says a press release.
 arrow Bangladesh film festival in London
Rainbow Film Society has been organising the 'Bangladesh Film Festival' since 2000 to fulfill the cordial demand of expatriate Bangladeshis with the help of their London branch.
Generalarrow 'Criminal' David held at Gopibagh
Fatullah police yesterday arrested a Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal leader on charge of beating up a traffic police at the Dhaka-Narayanganj link road.
 arrow Nirmul Committee protests SQ Chy's OIC nomination
A committee against Liberation War collaborators in a joint statement yesterday lashed out at the government's nomination of an alleged 'war criminal' for the prestigious position of an important international
Editorialarrow Editorial: Withdrawal of criminal cases
One of the first acts of the BNP government on assuming office was to start reviewing a large number of criminal cases, suspected to have been politically motivated, which were instituted during the immediately
 arrow The UN capitulates
The UN never stood taller than when it stood up against Anglo-American pressure before the war against Iraq. It refused to succumb to the barrage of pressure, blackmail, innuendoes and threats.
 arrow Raining in the sun
She stood in front of the window and looked outside where a pale gray dawn was breaking in the midst of the houses, drenched by rain throughout the night.
 arrow Some thoughts on Saddam Hussein and Iraq
Ihad the opportunity to visit Iraq in 1986 when Iran-Iraq war was going on.
Letters to Editorarrow SARS and governance
Crises put governments to tests. Valuable lessons can be obtained by observing how governments deal with them and how communities cope.
 arrow A man of vision!
Mahmood Elahi (May 28) considers George Bush as a man of vision. A vision indeed which is funnel shaped, it covets with greed over other peoples' lands.
 arrow Attack on journalists
Working journalists, particularly of rural areas are increasingly coming under attack by the so-called Godfathers in different parts of the country.
 arrow Democratic double-standard
This is in reference to Billy I Ahmed's article of May 21 "Lesson from Baghdad Pact: Elusive democracy!"


 arrow Siddheswary robbery
My heart goes out to the victims of the daring robbery that took place at Siddheswary. I am, however, a bit curious about one of the victims who is a customs official.
 arrow True women's emancipator
Regarding Esam Sohail's opinion (May 23), Pasha's military victory against the British and the Russian are laudable to restore Turkish pride.
 arrow Searching for peace
The law and order situation in our country is, I believe, the cause of all socio-political unrest coupled with poor economic condition and lack of proper education.
 arrow "Bombing in Saudi Arabia, Casablanca"
This is in response to S. Khan's letter (May 28). I'm quoting, "I have read with dismay the utter lack of knowledge and one-sided views that readers have in respect to the bombings...
 arrow "Exam hazards"
I have noted with interest the recent letters from the family members of the candidates and that from British Council and Manarat School.
 arrow Barrages upstream of our country
The recent news in the regional section of your paper (May 26) regarding new barrages north of Pancagarh as well as building of artificial lakes in India is definitely a major threat of looming disaster
 arrow Placement of shares prior to an IPO
I have read with interest your report "BB discourages private placement in bank IPO" (May 28) in respect of Bangladesh Bank's advice to SEC not to allow placement of shares of Banking Companies.
 arrow "Efficiency and Bangladesh"
In response to Mr. Jamil Reza's letter (May 29), I would like to inform him that one of the most important responsibilities that a democratic Govt.
 arrow Anti-Americanism
I have been reading with much displeasure at the Anti-American comments of The Daily Star readers.
Focusarrow The LDCs and Cancun
A very important meeting of LDC commerce/trade ministers is going to be held in Dhaka from 31 May to 2 June, 2003 under the chairmanship of the hon'ble Minister for Commerce, Government of Bangladesh.
 arrow Who is next in the firing line?
When a cat makes a kill, the scavengers closely follow. In Iraq the kill is complete and the military defeat had been comprehensive. They now have gathered to have their portion of bite.
 arrow Reaching the top of the "Mother of the Universe"
At 11:30 in the morning of May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary a bee-keeper from New Zealand and Darjeeling's Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first known human beings to stand on the highest point of Earth.
Environmentarrow The looming fish crisis
Perhaps the only reason that governments around the world have been slow to respond to environmental crisis is that the earth is still producing plenty of food -- enough fibre, grain and fish to support
Worldarrow Vajpayee deplores double standards on terror
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has deprecated the "double standards" adopted by countries to deal with terrorism in different places and urged India's "friends and partners" to bring their influence
 arrow Hillary feted on 50 years of Everest conquest
Year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations marking the conquest of Mount Everest were climaxing Thursday with street festivals, music and processions around the Nepalese capital.
 arrow Indian army launches new anti-rebel drive in Kashmir: 17 killed
The Indian army killed 15 Kashmiri rebels Thursday when columns of troops poured into southern Kashmir, after a night of violence left a soldier and a civilian dead, officials said.
 arrow It is up to India, Pakistan to carry forward ties: US
The US is "encouraged" by recent peace initiatives between India and Pakistan and it is now up to the two neighbours to carry forward the relationship, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice saidahead
 arrow Lankan PM asks Tigers to be 'more understanding'
Sri Lanka's prime minister warned Thursday that his country risked being relegated to the "backwaters of history" if peace talks failed and asked Tiger rebels to be "more understanding.
 arrow 'Sharia law in NWFP will nurture extremism'
The enforcement of Islamic Sharia law by hardline Islamic parties in Pakistan's conservative northwest could spawn militancy, analysts say.
 arrow BJP leaders meet to chalk out strategy for Lok Sabha polls
A crucial brainstorming session of BJP is being held on Thursday to chalk out the contours of political strategy for the coming round of assembly polls and also draw up an action plan for the next Lok
 arrow Abbas eyes truce with Hamas by next week
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas said in an interview published on Thursday that he expected to reach an agreement with the militant group Hamas by next week for a complete halt to attacks onIsraelis.
 arrow Blair first Western leader to visit post-war Iraq
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who gambled his political career on the war on Iraq, on Thursday became the first Western leader to visit the country since the conflict that toppled Saddam Hussein.
 arrow 'US has no plans to use Azerbaijan for attacking Iran'
The US ambassador to Azerbaijan Thursday denied a Russian press report that the Pentagon plans to use the Caucasus republic as a launching pad for military action against Iran.
 arrow US slaps sanctions on Iranian, Moldovan firms for missile tech sales
The United States on Wednesday slapped punitive sanctions on an Iranian company, two Moldovan firms and one Moldovan businessman for trade in missile technology, the State Department said.
 arrow US asks 50 countries to help police Iraq
The United States has asked nearly 50 countries to send police officers to Iraq as it tries to mount an international effort to curb chaos and violence in the country, a top defense official said Wednesday.
 arrow 'Saddam letter' calls for resistance
A letter attributed to deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein calls on his people to boycott any US-appointed regime and may give credence to claims of organised resistance inside Iraq.