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Front Pagearrow Donor-dictated policy puts PDB in peril
The donor-driven government policy in the power sector in general and the Dhaka Electricity Supply Authority (DESA) and the Rural Electrification Board (REB) in particular are systematically ruining the
 arrow Outlaws slaughter 3 in Khulna
Three persons were slaughtered by armed cadres of an outlawed party at Jalma union in Batiaghata upazila of Khulna district on Sunday night.
 arrow 25,000 development project staff carried over to current budget in last 5 yrs
The government's size gets bloated every year through assimilation of staff released from different completed development projects.
 arrow Couldn't care less
 arrow 16 top criminals still out of police dragnet
Sixteen of the 23 most wanted criminals elude arrest even 17 months after law enforcers announced cash rewards for catch.
 arrow Budget session begins today amidst AL boycott
The budget session of the Jatiya Sangsad opens at 7:00pm today amid boycott by the Awami League (AL) lawmakers.
 arrow Banks bank on poor security
Robbers can sneak into most of the city's state-owned banks and walk away with their loots as nearly all the branches hardly have any effective security system.
 arrow BNP deems dialogue unnecessary to bring opposition back to JS
The BNP would not try to talk the opposition into returning to the parliament since it is the constitutional responsibility of all members of parliament to attend parliament sessions.
 arrow Cabinet okays flag rule amendment
A cabinet meeting last night decided to suspend for two years the rule that forces foreign flag vessels to take waiver certificates for loading and unloading cargo at Bangladesh ports.
 arrow Police club shop owners protesting Market raid
Shop owners of the Mouchak market yesterday kept their shutters down protesting the BDR-led taskforce raid on Sunday.
 arrow Democrats accuse Bush of lying on Iraqi WMDs
US Democratic presidential contenders moved Sunday to turn missing Iraqi weapons into an election issue, accusing the Bush administration of lying, and drawing parallels with the Watergate scandal.
 arrow Israel starts evacuation of settler outposts
Israel has begun an operation to remove settler outposts in the West Bank under a US-backed "road map" to peace affirmed at a Middle East summit last week, an Israeli military source says.
 arrow Yashwant may lead team to JECmeet in Dhaka
Indian External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha is expected to arrive here on July 19, leading his country's delegation to the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting in Dhaka.
 arrow Cabinet nods to RAB
The cabinet yesterday approved a proposal to form an elite law-enforcement force styled Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to combat the growing stream of crimes.
 arrow JS standing body funds remain mostly unutilised
The budgetary allocation for parliamentary standing committees remained largely unutilised as most of the bodies still go un-constituted, 20 months into the eighth parliament's tenure.
 arrow Oman to back Bangladesh's candidature
Oman has assured all-out support to Bangladesh's candidature for the secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC).
 arrow Saddam's new novel on fresh struggle
Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had written a new novel but the US-led invasion of Iraq prevented its publication.
Businessarrow Cars roll into middle-class porch
Car is no more an upper class luxury, rather it is now a middle-class necessity.
 arrow Exporters want duty-free raw material imports
In the face of five-year low prices in the global market, exporters sought exemption of import duties on raw materials and spare parts and rebate on utility charges to cut production cost.
 arrow 44 more moneychangers axed
The central bank yesterday cancelled licences of 44 more money changing firms as they failed to achieve their annual transaction targets.
 arrow BB governor sees more reforms for NCBs
Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs) should undergo more reforms to upgrade service standard and attain better financial health.
 arrow KCCI president asked to explain on administrator appointment
The government has asked the incumbent president of Khulna Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Shaikh Nazrul Islam to explain why an administrator should not be appointed in the KCCI for ensuringfree
 arrow Incentives sought for fruit processing
The government should give incentives to fruit processing sector to boost fruit exports, speakers at a seminar yesterday said.
 arrow More budget allocation for women demanded
A women welfare organisation yesterday demanded an increased allocation for women in the forthcoming budget.
 arrow Privatisation Commission to sell off 4 BPC affiliates
Privatisation Commission the government body responsible for denationalising state enterprises has decided to privatise four petroleum marketing and distribution companies run under Bangladesh Petroleum
Sportsarrow Cricket: Recommendations of the Probe Report
After a sensational disclosure of the Findings of the Probe Report on Bangladesh's debacle in the South Africa World Cup 2003, The Daily Star Sports also deemed it necessary to publish the recommendations
 arrow Cricket: Dav's 15 made up
Coach Dav Whatmore has already finalised the 15-man Bangladesh cricket team for the maiden tour of Australia and it will be officially announced on Thursday.

"I do have the 15 in my head.

 arrow Cricket: BD face NZ in opener
Hosts Bangladesh take on New Zealand in the inaugural match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 14.
 arrow Cricket: In love with Mirpur!
The country's cricket needs a 'home' and for national coach Dav Whatmore, the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur is the best choice.
 arrow Cricket: Chandana steals Lara's show
Upul Chandana ruined Brian Lara's party with 89 as Sri Lanka stunned the West Indies by four wickets in the

second one-dayer to gain a winning 2-0 lead in the three-match series here on Sunday.

 arrow Cricket: Relieved Atapattu
Sri Lanka's feat in overhauling West Indies's total of 312 for four in Sunday's series-clinching one-day encounter came as a relief to captain Marvan Atapattu after recent personal failures.
 arrow WI stadia in crisis
The man in charge of the 2007 World Cup says the two most famous grounds in the Caribbean, the Kensington Oval in Barbados and Jamaica's Sabina Park, are unfit to stage matches.
 arrow Cricket: Australia honours Waugh, Sobers
Australia's Test captain Steve Waugh and former West Indies skipper Garfield Sobers received Order of Australia awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours list published on Monday.
 arrow Football: Cafu joins Milan
Brazil full-back Cafu has signed a two-year deal with European champions AC Milan after leaving Roma as a free agent.
 arrow Football: Rooney destined for greatness
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson increased the expectations on teenage sensation Wayne Rooney by revealing that he believes the Everton striker has the ability to become as big a star as Italian legend
 arrow French Open: Roland Garros feels the J-force
The French Open felt the full effect of the J-force as Juan Carlos Ferrero and Justine Henin conquered Roland Garros and snapped up the men's and women's singles crowns.
Politicalarrow BNP blasts AL for linking it to Natore killing
The BNP yesterday blasted the Awami League (AL) for accusing a state minister of playing a part in the murder of an AL leader in Natore.
 arrow AL demands removal of Altaf, Patal
Declaring that politics of killing and democracy cannot go together, Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday demanded removal of the home minister and the state minister for youth and sports for their 'links'
 arrow Pro-AL UP chairman murdered in Chuadanga
A UP chairman and local Awami League leader was stabbed to death by unknown assailants near the sadar hospital in Chuadanga Sunday night.
Metropolitanarrow Ctg sugar traders, transport owners on strike
Sugar Traders and Transport Owners Association yesterday enforced an indefinite strike in protest against alleged harassment by law enforcers during transportation of imported sugar from Chittagong to
 arrow 'Provide support to adolescents'
Adolescents should have a choice and voice in social, economic, political and cultural life, speakers at a seminar said yesterday.
 arrow Final of Daily Star-Oriental Bank 3rd Inter-school Debate Contest today
The final of The Daily Star-The Oriental Bank 3rd Inter-school English Debate Competition will be held in the port city today.
Nationalarrow HSC exam vigilance team attacked in Jhalakati
Miscreants swooped on a vigilance team of Barisal Education Board and damaged their car at Nolchhiti upazila headquarters here on Saturday.
 arrow 3 killed, 40 hurt in road mishaps in Sirajganj, Rajshahi
Three people were killed and at least 40 injured in three road accidents near the Bangabandhu Jamuna Bridge and in Godagari in Rajshahi in the early hours of Monday and on Sunday.
 arrow Irregularities, bribery alleged
Participants have demanded cancellation of tests for recruitment of police constables, held here on Sunday.
 arrow Shun politics of criticism: Mohiuddin
Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman on Sunday called upon the people to plant at least one sapling each in their homesteads.
 arrow Four-Party Alliance will last 25 yrs, says Noman
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammed Nasir Uddin has said the four-party alliance will remain intact for another 25 years to serve the people.
Foreign Relationsarrow Enhance trade ties, PM tells Russian envoy
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called for full utilisation of the existing scope for enhancing the trade and business ties between Bangladesh and Russian Federation.
Culturearrow Aspiring for an ornamental effect
Mizanur Rahman Fakir, whose exhibition of Oriental Art and experimentation with abstraction was recently held at Saju Art Gallery, speaking about why he originally ventured into Oriental Art, said, "I
 arrow Theatre School awards certificate

The certificate awarding ceremony of the 13th batch of the one-year Certificate Course on Acting run by Theatre School was held on June 05, at Mahila Samity Auditorium.

Generalarrow 4 children of a family drown in Barisal
Four children of a family drowned Sunday in a canal at Mazh Kazirchar village in Mehendiganj upazila, Barisal.
 arrow Student strike stalls CU
Academic activities stood still at Chittagong University (CU) yesterday because of a student strike.
 arrow 10-year-old girl raped in Barisal
A 10-year-old girl was raped on the campus of Amrita Lal Dey College at Jhautala of Barisal town on Sunday night, police said.
 arrow Robbers in guise of tenants loot residence
Robbers in the guise of tenants looted cash, gold ornaments and other valuables said to be worth over Tk 4.5 lakh from a residence at Monipuripara, Tejgaon yesterday.
 arrow Jewellery shop looted at Tongi
Armed robbers looted 330 tolas of gold and silver and Tk 1.
Internationalarrow Israel must give peace a chance: Likud ministers
Senior members of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's right-wing Likud party on Sunday urged the party faithful to support the peace roadmap at a party convention in Jerusalem.
 arrow Top al-Qaeda detainees deny links to Iraq
Two high-ranking al-Qaeda suspects currently in US custody have told CIA interrogators the terror network did not work with the government of Saddam Hussein, the New York Times reported Monday.
 arrow N Korea wants Atom bomb to cut conventional forces
Communist North Korea said on Monday it wanted to have nuclear weapons so it could reduce the size of its huge conventional forces and divert funds into an economy foreign analysts say is close to collapse.
 arrow Bloodshed follows US troops
The United States reaffirmed its determination Sunday to find Iraq's banned weapons as new bloodshed in Fallujah highlighted the perils facing US troops two months after the fall of the government ofSaddam
 arrow Iran urges US to stop using 'language of force'
Iran's foreign ministry appealed to Washington to stop using the "language of force", warning Monday that US posturing would only undermine the cause of dialogue and strengthen the hand of hardlinersin
 arrow SARS vaccine unveiled
A ground-breaking technology that may prevent and cure the severe acute respiratory syndrome, has been developed in South Korea by two local biotechnology ventures.

BioLeaders Corp. and MDLab Corp.

 arrow SC dismisses plea against Ayodhya excavation
The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed an appeal challenging a three month-old order of the Allahabad High Court directing excavation of the disputed site at Ayodhya by the Archaeological Survey of India
 arrow Colombo makes fresh offer to end impasse

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe offered an interim administrative structure to Tamil Tiger rebels Monday in a bid to end the impasse in the island's Norwegian-backed peace process.

 arrow Musharaff castigates Talibanisation bid
President Pervez Musharraf has lashed out at Islamic hardliners who last week imposed Sharia law in a province bordering Afghanistan, accusing them of attempting to Talibanise Pakistan and tarnish its
 arrow 'India considering troops for Iraq'
India is considering US request for sending troops to Iraq as part of an international peacekeeping force, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani told US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld during a meeting on
 arrow Asthma patients line up for fish cure
Hundreds of thousands of asthma patients gathered in Hyderabad to swallow live sardines smeared with secret herbs, convinced the ritual will cure them.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Is it Muhuri now?
That New Delhi has had, up its sleeves, a plan to construct an embankment on the Muhuri river, with a pump-house to boot, is disquieting.
 arrow Editorial: Traffic hat on women
The city dwellers were greeted, indeed, with a different spectacle in the streets on Sunday.
 arrow From 'on-farm' to 'non-farm'
The role of rural non-farm sector activities (RNFA) in propelling growth and reducing poverty is well documented in the available literature.
 arrow Is Nepal heading for a political instability?
The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal seems to be heading for political instability unless the King succeeds in reaching some kind of understanding with the major political parties on the national electionsas
Letters to Editorarrow Arundhati Roy on the new American Empire
The two quotes below are from the full text of the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)-sponsored lecture delivered by Arundhati Roy at the Riverside Church in Harlem, New York, on May 13.
 arrow Traffic policewoman
It's wonderful to see Bangladesh's first traffic policewoman on duty. Perhaps (men) drivers will now behave better and have more respect for the law.
 arrow Of forums, dialogues and seminars
For quite sometime now I have been closely following the news coverage both in the print and the electronic media of the various dialogues, seminars and discussion forums taking place over the country
 arrow Genesis of the Kashmir conflict
I beg to differ with Mr AK Azad (June 07) that Kashmir issue was a diplomatic double standard.

The All-Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference took place in October 1932 in Srinagar.

 arrow Price hike
One Government goes another one comes. Each time a new government comes with a mouthful of words to quench the suffering of the general people.
Focusarrow Bangladesh Flag Vessels (Protection) Ordinance, 1982
In June 1979, the member states of the United Nations met in Manila for the 5th session of UNCTAD conference.
 arrow Bapex yet to move in gas block 11 despite minister's nod
The State Minister for Energy A K M Mosharraf Hossain deserves credit for his announcement of the decision to allocate gas block 11 to Bangladesh Petroleum Exploration and Production Company Limited (Bapex).