IMF okays $490m anti-poverty loan|
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a $490 million concessionary loan for Bangladesh to be disbursed under its three-year Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility (PRGF).
Justice Hasan likely to become next CJ|
Chief Justice Mainur Reza Chowdhury is retiring today, whipping up a wave of questions about the selection of his successor.
Official sources hinted that Justice KM Hasan was likely to replace him.
JCD leader gunned down in Mirpur|
Unidentified assailants gunned down a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and injured a rickshawpuller at Paikpara of Mirpur yesterday noon.
Rain rules country|
Driving rain influenced by a depression lashed Bangladesh yesterday and swamped large part of Dhaka and southeastern regions causing sufferings to people, forecasters said.
Gang holds guests hostage to rob house in city|
Holding guests hostage at gunpoint, robbers forced their way into their hosts' apartment and looted about Tk 28 lakh in cash and goods in the city's Tejgaon area yesterday, police and the victims said.
Troops request sends Dhaka walking diplomatic tightrope|
The government is walking a diplomatic tightrope as it mulls the US proposition to dispatch troops to Iraq.
B'baria gunfight leaves cop, robber killed|
Two people including a policeman were killed Friday night during a gun battle between police and armed robbers at Ghatura Purba Para under Brahmanbaria Sadar thana of the district, sources said.
BNP's date with a dilemma|
The ruling BNP is in a dilemma over sending forces to Iraq, as its allies do not want to see Bangladesh troops being placed under American command.
JS body to review MiG 29s, frigate purchase deals|
Major defence purchases during the Awami League regime, including those of MiG-29s and frigate, will come under scrutiny for detection of any irregularities.
Bush says Iraqi WMD sites were looted|
President George W Bush, trying again to explain the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, said yesterday that suspected arms sites had been looted in the waning days of Saddam Hussein's
Saddam's sons 'fled to Syria'|
A former top Iraqi official says he and Saddam Hussein's sons escaped to Syria after the US-led invasion, US defence officials have told American newspapers.
Record quorum crisis grips JS|
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday witnessed an unprecedented quorum crisis that delayed by about two hours the start of the day's sitting.
US lawmakers agree to broaden WMD probe|
Top US senators have agreed to broaden their probe into the fate of alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and whether intelligence information about them had been manipulated to justify the war against
Dy speaker censures AL walkouts as pre-planned|
Deputy Speaker Akhtar Hamid Siddiqi has criticised the Awami League (AL) for its repeated walkouts in the parliament, saying that these were pre-planned and parts of party's policy.
NCB loans over Tk 1cr to come under WB lens|
The World Bank (WB) proposes to scrutinise loans above Tk 1 crore sanctioned by the nationalised commercial banks (NCBs).
Govt urged not to follow donors' dev model|
A non-government organisation (NGO) yesterday urged government not to follow development models given by donor agencies.
Pottermania grips globe|
Pottermania encircled the globe yesterday as millions of young fans rushed to buy the latest Harry Potter saga with author JK Rowling overjoyed that the plot had not leaked out.
Rajshahi interns go on strike to protest death of fellow doctor|
Interns of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital went on an indefinite strike from yesterday protesting the death of Dr Sujit Kumar Roy.
One gets life term for killing 6-yr-old boy in Gulshan|
The Speedy Trial Tribunal-3 Dhaka, yesterday sentenced a person to life imprisonment for killing a minor boy in Gulshan last year.
Cross-exam of Dr Belayet, fingerprint expert ends|
Defence lawyers in the Shazneen case yesterday completed cross-examination of Dr. Belayet Hossain, who conducted Shazneen's autopsy, and Faridul Islam, fingerprint expert of police department.
General insurers again get into illegal commissions|
After a break, general insurance companies are again rampantly procuring businesses with huge illegal commissions.
Bangladesh sees increased investment from Indonesia|
Bangladesh may witness increased investment from Indonesian businesspeople as the two countries have signed an agreement to avoid double taxation.
Taka firm against dollar on higher remittance inflow|
The Bangladesh taka was firm against the US dollar in thin inter-bank trade yesterday due to higher inflow amid lower import payments even though sentiment on dollar was strong, foreign exchange dealers
Malaysia lifts manufacturing curbs on foreign investment |
Malaysia has lifted all export and equity curbs on foreign participation in manufacturing to woo investment amid stTiff regional competition, Trade Minister Rafidah Aziz said Saturday.
France rejects EU farm reform plan|
French President Jacques Chirac said Friday that France will not accept the European Commission's latest proposals to reform the European Union's farm subsidy system.
WTO trade ministers hash out positions on farm policy |
Trade ministers from 30 countries hashed out positions on agricultural policy during informal talks here Saturday aimed at ending the rift in the troubled Doha Round of World Trade Organisation (WTO)negotiations.
Mariner in last four|
Mariner Young's Club stormed into the semifinal of the Club Cup Hockey tournament as Group B winners with a 4-0 thrashing of Dhaka Railway at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.
Tigers fly down under today|
There can be no bigger challenge for Bangladesh when Khaled Mahmud's men set off for Australia today to play two Tests and three one-day internationals.
ICC to hand over WC money|
England, New Zealand and Sri Lanka will all receive part of the money withheld by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for World Cup contract infringements, the governing body said in a statement Friday.
Atapattu rattles WI|
Sri Lankan opener Marvan Atapattu made the most of an inexperienced West Indies attack when he cracked an impressive 108 not out on the opening day of the first Test here on Friday.
Latif won't push panic button|
Pakistan captain Rashid Latif refused to panic after seeing his side go down to a seven wicket defeat against England in the second one-day international at The Oval here Friday.
James Anderson, dubbed the 'David Beckham of English cricket', said Friday he had no wish to be as famous as the Real Madrid-bound football star.
Drawing a line between right and wrong|
The fine line between right and wrong in umpiring decisions could become a little thicker thanks to the International Cricket Council.
Sampras tops absentees' list|
The tennis carnival rolls into Wimbledon on Monday but for the first time in 15 years Pete Sampras will not be walking through the All England Club gates.
French Open champion Justine Henin-Hardenne said she hoped to be fit for Wimbledon despite suffering an injury scare just two days before the start of the event.
Govou saves hosts|
Defending champions France booked their place in the Confederations Cup semifinals with a 2-1 win over a Japan side that will consider itself unlucky not to have come away with at least a share of the
Colombia stay in hunt|
Colombia got their stuttering Confederations Cup campaign back on the rails here Friday with a 3-1 group A win over plucky Oceania champions New Zealand.
Gunning for top spot|
Defending champions France will be looking to secure top spot in Confederations Cup Group A when they entertain New Zealand at the Stade de France on Sunday.
Brazilian press bitter|
The Brazilian sports press on Friday lamented the world champions' "bitter return" to the Stade de France for the first time since their World Cup loss five years ago.
Euro 2004 tickets oversubscribed|
Football fans have requested more than 500,000 tickets for the 2004 European Championship which Portugal will host, 50,000 more than the number made available to the public during the first phase of ticket
AL to stay in Sangsad|
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has decided to continue its participation in the current session of the Jatiya Sangsad and raise its voice against the proposed budget.
Peaceful hartal in Jhenidah|
A half-day hartal passed off peacefully in Jhenidah yesterday.
Outlaw Masud confesses to looting rifles, killings|
Riazul Huq Masud, 32, an armed cadre of Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), has confessed to police that he was involved in the looting of 20 rifles and 600 bullets from the store of Daulatpur JuteMills
Crackdown on gang of inter-dist car lifters: 7 held|
Seven members of an inter-district gang of car lifters have been arrested and four stolen cars and one motorcycle recovered from different areas of Barisal and Bhola districts.
'Frame policy for NGOs'|
Speakers at a roundtable held at the Chittagong Press Club stressed formulation of a policy for NGOs in the country.
Tk one cr heroin seized in Bhaluka, 2 held|
Bhaluka police arrested two persons and seized one kilogram of heroin worth about Tk one crore from a house at Bhandabo Boydapara village in Bhaluka upazila.
Rich tributes paid to Begum Sufia Kamal|
To mark the 92nd birth anniversary of Begum Sufia Kamal, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad organised a programme titled 'The role of civil society and good governance in resisting violence against women' atthe
Matir Moina: First Bangladeshi film for commercial shows in UK|
Matir Moina (The Clay Bird), one of the critically acclaimed Bangladeshi films in the international arena, which won the FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize as the best film of the "Directors' Fortnight"
ntv goes on air July 3|
The fourth private television channel, ntv, will make its debut on July 3, an official said.
Skilled manpower a must to deal with new global challenges: PM|
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed the need to develop human resources in the science and technology sector in order to face the challenges of the new millennium.
Truck collision kills five in Jhenidah|
Five cattle traders were killed and six others injured in truck collision on the Jhenidah-Magura Highway yesterday morning.
CNG plant opens in Ctg|
A compressed natural gas (CNG) plant was inaugurated at Dampara in the city yesterday.
'Thief' beaten to death|
An alleged thief was beaten dead at Islambagh in Lalbagh Friday night.
Young man gunned down in city|
Unknown assailants gunned down a young man in the city's Basabo area last night, police and hospital sources said.
Teenage girl raped, killed|
A teenage girl was raped and killed by miscreants at Nandinamodhu village in Kamarkhanda upazila in the early hours of yesterday, police said.
3 cops closed on extortion charge|
Three policemen of Khejurbagh police outpost under Keraniganj Police Station were closed to police lines yesterday on charge of extortion.
US troops move to stamp out Iraqi resistance|
Ramming their vehicles against metal gates, US troops in Iraq raided the homes of suspected guerrillas on Saturday as part of a campaign to stamp out armed resistance to their occupation.
Pipeline explosion in Nigeria kills over 100|
A Nigerian oil pipeline punctured by thieves exploded, killing more than 100 villagers scavenging for fuel, witnesses said yesterday.
200 Europe-bound migrants feared drowned off Tunisia|
Tunisian rescue teams have resumed their search for about 200 illegal immigrants from Africa who are feared dead after their boat capsized off the country's coast on its way to Italy.
Iran defies int'l pressure on nuclear aims|
Iran said on Saturday it would not allow UN inspectors to take samples at an alleged nuclear plant, as Washington warned it reserved the right to use military action to stop Tehran making atomic weapons.
Powell unable to advance sagging ME peace plan|
Secretary of State Colin Powell failed Friday to break a logjam in efforts to advance a new Middle East peace plan and he urged wary Israelis and Palestinian for urgent steps to save it.
Vajpayee's China trip under US scanner|
Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's visit to China from Sunday is being viewed by strategic analysts here both for its potential to change the region's geopolitical dynamics and for its impact
BJP ally rejects troops for Iraq ahead of talks with PM|
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was Saturday consulting his security cabinet and coalition allies on whether to send troops to Iraq as a key government ally lashed out at any plans to joina
Arsenic poisoning looms|
Our heart goes out to Sumon, a fourteen year old boy who lost one of his legs at such a tender age due to drinking arsenic poisoned water.
Bureau for consumers|
It is a sad truth that the rights and concerns of consumers do not receive the kind of attention they ought to.
Unrest in Iran|
Recent unrest in Iran has once again focused global attention and particularly that of the US on Iran.
Peace can only be achieved by understanding|
The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, or North Korea, has been in the news for some time for some very wrong, possibly even ominous reasons.
|Letters to Editor||
Stop destruction of public property and calling hartal|
I have been so shocked and I find no language to condemn those who come out on the streets and burn down and damage public buses and private transports on flimsy grounds.
"What is Hamas?"|
Recently I have been noticing a lot of letters in The Daily Star regarding the Palestinian movement known as Hamas. However, I have seen a lack of factual information when it comes to discussing thisorganisation.
Promotion in nationalised banks|
Something is somewhere grossly wrong in the promotion of nationalised banks.
Evangelicals and their agenda|
Rev Robinson provided a balanced world wide Christian view regarding the mission of Christianity. Most churches in the US opposed the war on religious and humanitarian grounds.
Caring for the people living with HIV/AIDS|
HIV is a serious health hazard that is known by us in recent days. People know more or less about HIV and AIDS but still it is a social stigma in our society.
Challenging the traditional practice in promoting hygiene|
Banesa and Rokeya are neibours and both were used to using sanitary latrines before marriage.
55 crore bus-terminal project 'a failure'|
As the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) and the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) fail to make use of a World Bank loan of Tk 55 crore for the improvement of the city's bus terminals, the Roads and
Letterboxes, providing an essential public service, are now visibly absent from the city.
A stray dog's life|
It has been difficult for the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) to contain the population of stray dogs because of the understaffed veterinary department that is in charge of trapping and killing those animals.
Orphanage barely able to support its charges|
The yellow buildings bearing the splendor of the Nawab-era architecture have lost their grandeur long ago. The sound of happy children frolicking around has ceased too.
Selling pork is no profit|
A row of six small shops is nestled inside a narrow lane. Only a limited number of customers visit them.
A fine line for Fine Arts students|
For young painters and artists of the city, showcasing their talent and creativity can be a tough proposition as there are very few art galleries.
Going beyond childhood barriers|
Eleven-year-old Ruzina lived out a traumatic past. She lost her mother in early childhood and severely beaten by her father before falling into the hands of child traffickers.
|Star City in Frames||
Colour in Motion|
DANCE, along with music, of course, has been integral to all human cultures since our ancestors first began to walk upright.