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Front Pagearrow LDCs adopt 16-point Dhaka Declaration
Trade ministers from the least developed countries (LDCs) yesterday unanimously adopted the 16-point Dhaka Declaration amid worry and disappointment over tardy implementation of commitments by developed
 arrow Port deadlock may end today as cabinet comes to rescue
A three-day container deadlock at the Chittagong Port is likely to end today, as the cabinet last night decided to exempt foreign container vessel operators from waiver certificates before loading and
 arrow Khaleda for devising LDC mechanism for fair world trade deal
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called for devising a mechanism for the least developed countries (LDCs) to have a fair deal and a respectable share of world trade.
 arrow Unity key to achieving LDC objectives
Only unity and consensus among the least developed countries (LDCs) can help achieve their objectives in the next rounds of trade talks, said Tanzanian Trade and Industry Minister Dr Juma Ngasongwa yesterday.
 arrow G8 asks Iran, N Korea to comply with nuke rules
Leaders of the world's richest nations have called for tighter control of arms, including nuclear weapons and missiles which could be used by terrorists.
 arrow 5-year ban proposed on creation of new municipality
The Public Expenditures Review Commission (PERC) has suggested a five-year moratorium on formation of any new pourasava (municipality) and merger of the Textile and Jute Ministries with the Industries
 arrow Business wants flag rule to go
Top business leaders yesterday urged the government to amend or scrap the Bangladesh Flag (Protection) Ordinance, 1982 to immediately end the deadlock at Chittagong Port.
 arrow Give opposition chance to speak in Sangsad
The opposition should be given the chance to speak in parliament, Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Dhaka Jorgen Lissner told a meeting with the governmentand
 arrow Gas supply crunch threatens power generation
The gas supply situation has turned critical with the demand exceeding the supply capacity.

Sources in the Gas Transmission Company Ltd.

 arrow National Policy Review Forum 2003 begins today
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), The Daily Star and the Prothom Alo open the National Policy Review Forum 2003 at a city hotel today and discuss a raft of important national issues in subsequentworking
 arrow Locals unite against OC's alleged attempt at communal unrest
It was an alleged conspiracy of the officer of Tamaltala police outpost. He is charged of instigating villagers against the minority community on Sunday night, saying they had sacrileged the holy Quran.
 arrow Heat wave to continue for 7 more days
The blistering heat wave baking Bangladesh is set to continue for one more week till the arrival of monsoon, weather forecasters said.
 arrow HBM Iqbal, 6 others sued for 'graft'
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) has filed three graft cases against seven persons, including former Awami League lawmaker HBM Iqbal, on charge of tampering with tenders of Willes Little Flower School.
 arrow Suu Kyi brought back to Yangon
Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been brought back to Yangon by the ruling military and was being held in an intelligence guest house yesterday, her party sources said.
Businessarrow Infrastructure dearth retards trade growth with Myanmar
Visa restrictions, lack of transportation, and absence of effective transaction mechanism have been identified as the as major hurdles to the growth of business between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
 arrow Family autos woo buyers
Car sellers are getting a good number of bookings and spot orders at the first Bangladesh International Motor Show with buyers showing much interest for some particular brands.
 arrow Protective garment sector may fight post-MFA crisis
Protective garment sector can be a backup business for Bangladeshi apparel manufacturers in the post-MFA era, speakers a workshop observed yesterday.
 arrow NGOs seek security for smooth micro-financing activities
Expressing concern over deteriorating law and order, the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) suggested strengthening police force to ensure micro financing activities.
 arrow Aarong UHT Milk launched
For the first time in Bangladesh, an ultra heat temperature (UHT) treated fresh milk has hit the market.
 arrow Nepal hopeful of WTO entry at Mexico meet
Nepal is hopeful it will be admitted into the WTO at its September conference in Mexico but developed countries have insisted it first commit to liberalizing its economy, officials said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Camp starts with a difference
Observation was the main theme as new Bangladesh cricket coach Dav Whatmore watched his boys in training for the first time at the Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) in Savar yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: It's Rajshahi v Biman
Rajshahi scored an exciting five-run victory over Comilla to reach the final of the 26th National Cricket Championship at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies end on a high
The West Indies humbled Australia by nine wickets at Queen's Park here on Sunday to finish the one-day international cricket series on an upswing with three consecutive victories over the World Cup champions.
 arrow Cricket: 'Waugh should go'
Former Australia Test players Jeff Thomson and David Hookes say captain Steve Waugh should retire to allow the team to build for the future, Australia's newspapers said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwi plots NZ's fall
India's cricket coach John Wright on Monday sounded a warning to New Zealand, saying his team was "hungry" to thrash the Kiwis in the forthcoming two-Test home series.
 arrow Cricket: Back with a bang
Former India batsman Ajay Jadeja made a spectacular return to cricket over the weekend after a court hearing his appeal against a match-fixing ban allowed him to play domestic matches.
 arrow Cricket: What Javed likes, what not
Pakistan cricket fans were Monday provided an insight into the frustrations of their former national cricket captain Javed Miandad at the the politicisation of cricket with arch-rival India in his autobiography.
 arrow Cricket: Mates remember Hansie Cronje
South African cricket stars attended a memorial charity auction in George at the weekend to mark the first anniversary of the death of former national cricket captain Hansie Cronje.
 arrow French Open: Ferrari Ferrero
Spanish third seed Juan Carlos Ferrero, last year's runner-up, ripped past 20th-seeded compatriot Felix Mantilla 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the men's French Open singles on Monday.
 arrow French Open: Venus, Capriati crash out
Russia ruled at the French Open Sunday as youngsters Vera Zvonareva and Nadia Petrova toppled American giants Venus Williams and Jennifer Capriati.
 arrow French Open: French fries
Martina Navratilova says she is disappointed that Steffi Graf, now pregnant with a second child with husband Andre Agassi, elected not to play mixed doubles.
 arrow Football: Nothing's for certain
Ten-man Valencia held league leaders Real Sociedad to a 1-1 draw away from home on Sunday to leave the Spanish title race finely poised with two games left to play.
 arrow Football: France without Zidane
France coach Jacques Santini gave in to Real Madrid pressure Monday when he left out star midfielder Zinedine Zidane for the Confederations Cup in France from June 18-29.
 arrow Football: Ahn in the army now!
South Korean international striker Ahn Jung-Hwan joined the army on Monday with his mane cut short after leading his country to an exciting 1-0 victory over archrivals Japan.
 arrow Football: Wary Eriksson
England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson on Sunday warned the country's fans to behave or risk being thrown out of European football.
 arrow Football: Beckham's plea
David Beckham on Monday issued an appeal to England's fans to behave during upcoming matches or risk seeing the national side thrown out of Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Gunners list Aussie duo
Arsenal are reported to be set to make a 10 million pound (15 million dollar) move for Australian internationals Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton.
Politicalarrow AL sends letter to govt to drop SQ Chy from OIC job race
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday urged the prime minister to remove Salauddin Quader Chowdhury from the run for the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
Metropolitanarrow DU Senate polls: Vote counting begins today
Counting of votes in the election of the registered graduate representatives in Dhaka University Senate begins today.
 arrow HC order to release ADAB fund stayed
The vacation bench of the Supreme Court has stayed for four weeks the High Court order that directed the government to release ADAB fund for carrying out its development project.
 arrow Char violence claims 74 in 12 yrs
Violence in char areas left 74 people dead and 2,818 others injured in the last 12 years.
 arrow Outgoing Italian envoy meets FM
Outgoing Italian Ambassador Mario Filippo Pini paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
Nationalarrow Students fail due to natural calamity!
The education ministry has issued show cause notices on 24 educational institutions in the district for the second time to explain why their MPOs (monthly pay orders) will not be cancelled for poor performance
 arrow Asthma onslaught in coastal areas
Hundreds of coastal people, especially children, need urgent help to get rid of major respiratory problem called asthma, doctors say.
 arrow Indian team visits site, to submit report to JRC
A five-member team from the Indian River Research Institute visited the bordering areas of Satkhira on Sunday to examine the possibility of increasing water flow of the silted Sonai river.
 arrow Acid attack on six in Magura, Sirajganj
Six persons including a widow and a couple became victims of acid attack in Magura and Sirajganj in the last six days.
 arrow 3 of a family beaten up, hospitalised
Three persons of a family were injured in an attack by some hoodlums allegedly belonging to ruling BNP's student front Jubo Dal on May 28 at Ramdevpur village under Rampal upazila in Bagerhat.
 arrow Road accidents kill 4 in Rajshahi, Mymensingh
Four persons were killed and 12 injured in road accidents in Mymansingh and Rajshahi on Friday.
 arrow AL leader expelled from party
Rangamati district Awami League Vice President Ashotosh Barua was expelled from the party on Sunday for anti-party activities, said a press release signed by AL district unit president Diponkor Talukder.
Culturearrow The timeless voice of Kalim Sharafi
Daily Star Readers: You took an active part in the Quit India Movement during the 40s.
Generalarrow Two held for swindling CNG 3-wheeler clients
Two officials of an unregistered organisation, Eximco Group of Companies, were arrested yesterday on charge of swindling.
 arrow Teenage girl gang-raped in Barisal
A 14-year old schoolgirl of Uttar Patarchar village in Muladi upazila under Barisal district was gangraped in front of her parents in the early hours of yesterday, police said.
Internationalarrow Bush, Chirac shake hands but still disagree on Iraq attack
With the fallout over Iraq still weighing on US-French ties, Presidents George W. Bush and Jacques Chirac said all the right things yesterday as they met for their first one-on-one talks since the war.
 arrow Expectations run low for ME summit
Expectations ran low yesterday ahead of a Middle East peace summit with US President George W. Bush, with both Israel and the Palestinians dashing hopes for a joint statement or a ceasefire announcement.
 arrow US to handpick Iraq council: Report
US administrators in Iraq have decided to select a small group of Iraqis to serve on an interim advisory council rather than convene large a national conference to create a transitional authority, The
 arrow Bali bomb suspect faces death, if convicted
Suspected Bali bombing field commander Iman Samudra, who went on trial for his life yesterday, is the modern face of militant Islam -- a computer expert who was inspired by the Internet to wage a holy
 arrow Saddam's daughters 'to seek UK asylum'
Two of Saddam Hussein's three daughters are planning to seek asylum in the UK, it has been claimed.
 arrow We don't have any magic lamp to stop infiltration: Kasuri
Pakistan has said it does not have an Aladdin's lamp to put an end to it but was ready to cooperate with India in this regard.

"We have never said there should be cross-border terrorism.

 arrow SARS on retreat in Asia but vigilance needed
SARS may be on the retreat in Asia but the World Health Organisation said yesterday that countries must stay on guard and the virus is going to be tough to kill off completely.
 arrow Indians turn to prayer to end killer heatwave
Indians desperate for an end to a heatwave that has claimed nearly 900 lives have begun seeking divine intervention to cool scorching temperatures.
 arrow Zimbabwe opposition leader detained ahead of protests
Police in Zimbabwe yesterday detained opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai ahead of planned anti-government street protests, Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said.
 arrow 'Militants using mosques as bases in Iraq'
Militants in Iraq are using mosques as arms depots and bases to carry out attacks on American soldiers, the US-led coalition said on Monday.
 arrow Europe goes to Mars
The race to find life on Mars was set to begin on Monday with the launch of Europe's first voyage to another planet.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hiatus in NATO on mend
It was a welcome return of normality between North Atlantic partners hitherto cast adrift by their differences centring around Iraq war.
 arrow Editorial: Cheating at exams
Since the beginning of the Higher Secondary Certificate examinations we have been witnessing scenes at the test centres that are markedly different from the exam days of previous years.
 arrow Diversity, diversification and development
Most of the South Asian (SA) economies are mainly agrarian. However, appreciably, agricultural performance all over SA has been improving over time.
 arrow Indispensable or indefensible?
The President and the country are both at a crossroads, partly because of Pervez Musharraf's own making in accepting convoluted legal advice complicating the constitutional situation but mostly due to
Letters to Editorarrow Eid-ul-Fitr and H.S.C exam
First they installed an Arabic neon sign in ZIA, now they have made all HSC examinees-- Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist-- to write a paragraph on Eid-ul-Fitr! What next?

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 arrow Port crisis
Chittagong Port is the lifeline of Bangladesh economy. I urgently request the government and the authorities concerned to resolve the present stalemate occurring in the Port.
 arrow Railway through Jamuna Bridge
First time in the history of Bangladesh the meet between East & West part of the country through passenger railway is going to commence from next month.
 arrow Madrassah students caught cheating
I thank The Daily Star for printing a picture on the back page on 30th May 2003.
 arrow "Anti-Americanism"
I am writing with reference to the letter "Anti-Americanism," by S Khan (May 30). Mr. Khan is right to express his displeasure at the spate of anti-American letters published by The Daily Star.
 arrow Vacancies in overseas trade wings
Bangladesh is a least developing country having multifarious problems. Its economy largely depends on foreign aids.
Focusarrow Corporate governance and auditing standards
Economists are not known to be good at practical matters of financial markets.
 arrow Japan's Aceh dilemma
Japan in recent days is increasingly showing keen interest to help Asian developing countries to sort out political problems that are posing serious threat to their development process.
 arrow Do not build a cage for a man
If you want to build a cage for a squirrel
Build it around a big tree in a chaparral.
The squirrel must swirl, twirl and whirl.