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Front Pagearrow WTO comes under LDC wrath over trade barrier
The World Trade Organisation and the developed nations yesterday came under severe criticism from the least developed countries (LDCs) at the opening session of the three-day second conference of trade
 arrow Containers pile up as foreign feeder vessels stay away from port
Over 700 containers were piled up at the Chittagong Port yesterday, the first day of suspension of operation by major foreign feeder vessel operators.
 arrow Dhaka Declaration to dwell on more market
The demand for enhancing the market share of least developed countries (LDCs) in global trade has figured prominently in the final draft of the Dhaka Declaration to be made on the concluding day of the
 arrow Quiet forex market under BB vigil
Strict market vigilance by the Bangladesh Bank (BB) kept dollar rates both in the inter-bank market and at client ends static on the first day of making exchange rate free of any band.
 arrow Suu Kyi held after supporters clash with pro-junta men
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been put under temporary arrest in the country's north after a violent clash between her supporters and a pro-junta group which left four dead, the junta
 arrow Heat wave toll soars to 10
Death toll from the searing heat wave parching Bangladesh rose to 10 with the death of three more people in Nilphamari and Pirojpur districts on Friday and yesterday.
 arrow Protesters clash with cops before today's G-8 summit
French police fired teargas yesterday to disperse several hundred protesters in the first major disturbance ahead of a summit of the "Group of Eight" leading industrialised countries.
 arrow 142 including 41 children killed in May
One hundred and forty-two people including 41 children were killed through the violation of human rights across the country last month.
 arrow National Policy Review Forum 2003 opens on June 3
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), the Prothom Alo and The Daily Star will open the 'National Policy Review Forum 2003' at a city hotel on June 3 and discuss a raft on important national issues insubsequent
 arrow One killed, cop abducted in Rangamati
A young man was shot and four others including a police constable were abducted in conflicts between pro- and anti-peace pact outfits in remote villages in Rangamati district on Thursday and Friday, police
 arrow Charge sheet against Advani, Joshi
The CBI yesterday filed supplementary chargesheet against Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, his Cabinet colleague Murli Manohar Joshi, VHP leader Ashok Singhal and five others in the Babri Masjid demolition
 arrow Question throws students in soup
Examinees were perplexed by a question of the English first paper of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations.
 arrow Dhaka as usual...
 arrow 3 brothers to die for murder
A court here yesterday sentenced three brothers to death in a murder case.
 arrow Girls raped in Chittagong, Rangamati
A 10-year old girl was gang-raped in Cement Crossing area under Potenga thana in the city on Friday night.
 arrow Rickshaw ban move protested
Seventeen social, political, cultural and student organisations yesterday vowed to resist any move to restrict plying of rickshaws without creating alternative job opportunity for rickshaw-pullers.
Businessarrow Lift 'discriminatory'tax, duty on used vehicles
Reconditioned car importers have urged the government to withdraw 'discriminatory' tax and duty on used vehicles.
 arrow NGOs' 15 proposals for WTO talks
International and local NGOs placed a 15-point proposal before the LDC governments for discussion at a WTO meeting scheduled to be held in Cancun, Mexico in September this year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Reasons behind WC debacle
It has been five days since the two-member inquiry committee submitted its findings on Bangladesh's debacle in the 2003 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi in semis
An unbeaten half-century by opener Jahurul Islam propelled Rajshahi to a five-wicket win against Sylhet in the 26th National Cricket Championship at the MA Aziz Stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB names 23 for U-17 camp
The Development Committee of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) picked 23 players as part of selection trail to form an under-17 squad.
 arrow Basketball: Div I b'ball Dhumketu on a roll
Dhumketu Club registered their seventh consecutive victory in the Metropolis First Division Basketball League beating Gregorious 104-49 at the Dhanmondi basketball gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hinds guides hosts home
Wavell Hinds clubbed six sixes in an unbeaten century to lift the West Indies to a pulsating three-wicket victory over Australia in the sixth one-day cricket international at Queen's Park here on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Australians in fools paradise
Australia's total domination of world cricket is endangering the sport both at home and abroad, the retiring head of the International Cricket Council said.
 arrow Cricket: Murali aims at Lara
Muttiah Muralitharan is relishing the prospect of renewing a personal duel with West Indies' captain Brian Lara during Sri Lanka's five-week tour of the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Johnson gets Eng call
Somerset seamer Richard Johnson was called into England's 12-man squad Saturday for next week's second Test against Zimbabwe at the Riverside.
 arrow Cricket: Middlesex whip Zim
Zimbabwe found Middlesex in unforgiving mood Friday as the English county piled up 330 for five on the first day of their four-day tour match at Shenley.
 arrow French Open: Seeds sail into last 16
The cream began to rise to the top at the French Open on Saturday as second seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium, US seventh seed Jennifer Capriati and US third seed Venus Williams all raced into the fourthround
 arrow French Open: Andre the advisor
Evergreen Andre Agassi had words of wisdom for his underachieving younger compatriots as he stood alone - the sole American survivor in the men's singles at the French Open Friday.
 arrow Football: Ahn sinks Japan
South Korea's World Cup hero Ahn Jung-Hwan struck home a decider to beat arch-rivals Japan 1-0 on Saturday to celebrate an anniversary of co-hosting the 2002 World Cup finals.
 arrow Football: Rooney in but Rio out
England centre-half Rio Ferdinand is to miss the friendly international against Serbia-Montenegro on Tuesday and the Euro 2004 qualifier with Slovakia on June 11, because of a knee injury.
Politicalarrow AL meet marred as rival groups clash in Feni
An extended meeting of the Feni District Awami League was marred due to a clash between pro- and anti-Hazari groups at the Zahir Raihan Auditorium here yesterday, meeting sources said.
 arrow AL leader killed in Bagerhat
A top leader of Bagerhat district Awami League was gunned down by unknown miscreants near his fish farm in Sharha Charani village on Friday night.
 arrow Raid on AL office: Case filed against AL leaders
A case was filed with Kotwali police here yesterday accusing 11 leaders and workers of Awami League (AL) in connection with Friday's raid on the district AL office, sources said.
 arrow AL condemns attack on Barisal AL office
Awami League general secretary M Abdul Jalil yesterday condemned attack on the AL office in at Barisal by JCD and Jubo Dal workers on Friday.
Metropolitanarrow Anti-tobacco bill in next JS session likely
The government is likely to place an anti-tobacco bill in the upcoming session of parliament to discourage smoking at public places, LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said here yesterday.
 arrow 'Focus child rights issues in print, electronic media'
More attention is needed to focus child rights issues in print and electronic media, said the speakers at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Accept demands by June 5: SSKOP leaders
Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday urged the government to accept its 7-point demand including announcement of 60 per cent dearness allowance by constituting the 6th wage board
 arrow Last round of DU Senate polls tomorrow
The last round polls of the registered graduate representatives in the Dhaka University Senate will be held at two centres on the DU campus on June 2.
Nationalarrow Criminals, former outlaws get jobs in police, ansar!
Three government agencies have started investigation to find out how many former outlaws and persons having criminal background are serving in the police department in the 10 south-western districts.
 arrow BDR foils another push-in attempt
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and frontier villagers foiled yet another push-in attempt by the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) at Giragaon border of Atoari upazila in the district early Friday.
 arrow Bus operators threatened for reducing fare
The Rajshahi Sarak Paribahan Owners' Group (RSPOG) has threatened bus operators on Rajshahi-Dhaka route to shut down their business for reducing fare.
 arrow Tributes to Zia in districts
The 22nd death anniversary of late president Ziaur Rahman was observed in Rajshahi, Nilphamari and Sirajganj.
 arrow Bombs hurled 'to snatch arms' from Khulna police
The Launch Labour Association office at Khulna Skid Ghat came under bomb attack Thursday midnight.
 arrow Rangamati police force inadequate, vital posts vacant
Inadequate police force is affecting maintenance of law and order in the hill district.

Besides shortage of 567 policemen, some vital officer-level posts are vacant, sources said.

 arrow Acid attack during altercation over dowry in Magura
Three people received burn injuries when a group of men threw acid on them during an altercation between the two sides in a bridal procession at village Baharbag in Magura Sadar Upazila Friday night.
 arrow Kidnapped teacher yet to be rescued
A retired schoolteacher, kidnapped for Tk 6 lakh ransom 10 days ago, is yet to be rescued.
 arrow Ex-Daily Star correspondent dead
Former correspondent of The Daily Star and an ex-upazila chairman, Md Atiur Rahman, died of old age ailments at Jessore General Hospital on Friday morning. He was 75.
Culturearrow The Sarod Wizard
When I first heard Ali Akbar play the sarod he was in his 20s. I still remember vividly the stunning impact of his playing on the entire audience.
 arrow Creations of Zainul
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy organised a seminar titled Creation of Zainul: his subjects and creative thoughts to mark the 27th death anniversary of Shilpachariya Zainul Abedin on May 28.
Generalarrow 6 bullet-hit as Sarbahara men open fire in Barisal
At least six villagers received gunshots as Sarbahara Party men opened fire to make their escape after a futile attempt to extort money at a village in Uzirpur here, police said.
 arrow Charge pressed against 7
Seven people accused in the Sajib murder case were chargesheeted yesterday, nine months after investigation into the sensational murder case began, court sources said.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 5 lakh in goods in Ctg
Goods and valuables reportedly worth around Tk 5 lakh were looted and one person was injured in two separate robberies in the coastal upazila of Banshkhali in the district yesterday.
 arrow National Tree Plantation Drive begins today
The National Tree Plantation Drive begins today across the country.
 arrow 2 killed in city road mishaps
Two unidentified men died in separate road accidents at Uttara and Tejgaon yesterday.
 arrow Brother killed, wife hurt in a family feud
Elder brother was brutally chopped to death and his wife critically injured in a family feud at Payeen-dong, Fatikchhari yesterday.

Four brothers were engaged in a quarrel over land at around 3.30pm.

Internationalarrow US insiders say Iraq intel deliberately skewed
A growing number of US national security professionals are accusing the Bush administration of slanting the facts and hijacking the $30 billion intelligence apparatus to justify its rush to war in Iraq.
 arrow Hawks in Bush admin turn sights on Iran
Hawks in the Bush administration have turned their sights on Iran, repeating accusations similar to those they deployed to portray Iraq as an imminent threat and win public support for war.
 arrow India, Pakistan end 'cordial' talks on river treaty
Indian and Pakistani officials Friday indicated they may go for joint inspections of the implementation of a river water treaty on sharing the waters of the Indus river and its tributaries, a press release
 arrow India goes soft on China
India's differences with China remain, but there is a need for a "long-term and stable relationship" based on the principles of the Panchsheel, the defence ministry said.
 arrow Vajpayee holds talk with Hu
In a significant engagement ahead of his proposed visit to China next month, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Saturday met Chinese President Hu Jintao here for discussions on bilateral ties in the
 arrow Sonia propels her CMs into election gear
The Congress party has put in place quotas for students from Jammu and Kashmir and also for children of migrants from the state in professional courses in all the Congress-ruled states.
 arrow Trilateral talks on North Korea set for June
Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold a policy coordination meeting at the division chief-level on North Korea's nuclear development program in mid-June in Seoul, according to sources.
 arrow Singapore is off WHO's SARS list
Singapore is off the list of SARS-affected countries. The decision by the World Health Organisation was announced by the Health Ministry last night.
 arrow Bush seeks solid Atlantic front against terror
President Bush said on Saturday that the United States was still committed to a strong Atlantic alliance, in comments seeking to rebuild ties with Europe after bitter divisions over the Iraq war.
 arrow Powell, Straw voiced doubt over Iraqi WMD evidence
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and US Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed doubts in private over public claims they were making about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to war,
 arrow Russia-EU summit opens in Saint Petersburg
The first summit between Russia and the European Union since the war in Iraq opened Saturday in Saint Petersburg.
 arrow Abbas confident of halting attacks on Israel
Palestinian premier Mahmud Abbas said he believes he can convince all militant groups to agree within three weeks to halt anti-Israeli attacks, as yet another radical fell to Israeli gunfire Saturday.
 arrow US uncovers Baath sleeper cell in Iraq
American military police raided the new Iraqi police academy Saturday and detained 15 senior officers holding a secret meeting of Saddam Hussein's Baath party, the US policing supremo Bernard Kerik said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Education budget
Though successive governments laid great emphasis on educational uplift, the budgetary allocations for this sector have decreased over the years if we consider the GNP-education budget ratio.
 arrow Editorial: Toxic chemical in fruits
Appearance can surely be deceptive. The reported use of a toxic chemical to enhance the look of fruits and vegetables is a case in point.
 arrow Dangers of North Korean nuclear diplomacy
The object of the present enquiry is an attempt to understand as to why the invasion of Iraq was given a higher priority by the US than an intervention in North Korea, the last Stalinist outpost inthe
 arrow Who makes to the White House next?
Clearly President Bush has violated one of the basic principles of war much to the chagrin of Colin Powell and many like him.
Letters to Editorarrow US resolution 1483!
So the US has finally legalised its illegal occupation of Iraq.
 arrow Destruction of the ancient city of Iraq
It is becoming clear, day by day, that the "liberation" of Iraq also included liberating the Iraqi people of their archaeological heritage.

As reported in the Observer (www.oberver.co.

 arrow No rickshaws on Mirpur Road from July
A careful assessment of the Government's efforts in controlling the traffic jam in the city vis-

-vis the gradual withdrawal of the rickshaws from the main thoroughfares would reveal that this hasso

 arrow "Anti-Americanism"
Mr. S. Khan's letter on anti-Americanism (May 30) was interesting for some un-called for remarks. The USA has been criticised in The Daily Star for the right reasons.
Star Holidayarrow A Garo treat
THE landscape changed as we crossed Haluaghat market. The houses became sparse. The fields, replete with boro, gently spread away. The trees looked more like trees. The air was distinctly different.
Star Healtharrow Dehydration and heat stroke
For several days our country has been under the grip of a mild heat wave, which has made life miserable under extreme heat coupled with humidity.
 arrow HELP - Hospital-based Essential Life-saving Programme
HELP (Hospital-based Essential Life-saving Programme) is an organization that endeavors to provide relief to poor patients by providing low cost essential life saving treatment.
Star Cityarrow Cinema-goers staying home
Film audiences are slowly but surely turning their backs on the cinema halls that were once a vibrant and colourful component of the city's cultural identity.
 arrow Sangsad area richer by four acres
The Sangsad Bhaban area in the Sher-e-Bangla Nagar is now richer by 4.6 acres of land.
 arrow Police motorcycles backfire
The 115 new motorcycles used by the city's traffic sergeants have been falling apart within six months of their use, according to the Traffic Department.
 arrow High-rise hazard
The never-ending construction of new high-rise buildings and various other structures is only adding to the city's increasing sense of insecurity.
 arrow Students or sardines?
About 15,000 non-resident students commute around the Dhaka University campus everyday.
 arrow Public is forced to go in public
For the more than ten million inhabitants of Dhaka, public toilets are very few and far between.
 arrow Clay craft
They are keepsakes that can be treasured for years. They are individually crafted and their colours stay bright. They make great gifts for friends and colleagues and they cost you very little.