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Front Pagearrow Major Mannan, Mahi quit BNP, join B Chy
Two lawmakers yesterday resigned from parliament and the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and joined the alternative political stream of former president Badruddoza Chowdhury in protest at what
 arrow Midnight bomb attack on B Chy's office
Unknown attackers blasted a string of bombs on the office of AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and his KC Memorial Clinic in Baridhara last night, shortly after police demolished the stage built for the former
 arrow Tigers' first feast in 5 years
Bangladesh ended their five years of agonising wait for their second one-day international victory against a Test-playing nation yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka declines Delhi's plan for jt swoop on extremists
Bangladesh yesterday rejected an Indian proposal for a joint crackdown with Indian forces on the extremists of that country along and across the Bangladesh-India border.
 arrow Dhaka hurries to heal Beijing's wounds
Bangladesh has hurried into frantic diplomatic efforts to mend apparent strains in ties with China over allowing a Taiwanese trade liaison office to operate in Dhaka, sources said yesterday.
 arrow MCCI asks opposition not to call hartal for next 6 months
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has urged the opposition not to call hartal in the next six months in order to create the ground for dialogue.
 arrow Shashank offers diplomatic solution to battery row
New Delhi has proposed diplomatic solution of the issue of Indian anti-dumping duty on Bangladesh's battery, a bitter trade row presently under preliminary consultation in the World Trade Organisation
 arrow BNP renegades to contest by-polls
Two lawmakers who resigned from parliament and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday to join the alternative political stream said they would contest by-polls to their vacant constituencies
 arrow BNP says defection won't hurt party
The ruling BNP has said defection of 'one or two lawmakers' will not affect the party or the government.
 arrow BB dismisses allegation of IMF's control thru' advisor
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday brushed aside an allegation that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was dictating it through an IMF official recently installed as advisor to its governor.
 arrow MPs' quit start of the end for Khaleda govt, says AL
The resignations of two lawmakers from the Jatiya Sangsad and the BNP is the beginning of the end for the ruling BNP, Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil said yesterday.
 arrow India start historic cricket tour
The Indian cricket team yesterday arrived in Pakistan for a historic five-week tour-- its first Test series there after a break of nearly 15 years.
 arrow Small NGO foundation plan on way for cabinet's nod
The finance ministry has forwarded its final proposal for setting up an institution titled Bangladesh Small NGO Foundation (BSNF) to the Cabinet Division for approval.
 arrow Finance ministry asked for more agri subsidy
A special review meeting on agricultural development held at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) yesterday directed the finance ministry to immediately examine the scope for providing more input subsidy
 arrow US embassy starts system Mar 18
The consular section of the US embassy in Dhaka will introduce biometric identifiers into the visa application and issuance process from March 18, 2004.
 arrow Bangladesh may have 500 tigers
The number of Royal Bengal Tigers in Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans could be around 500, environment and forest ministry officials said yesterday citing discovery of 1546 'pugmarks' or tiger paw prints
 arrow 'India ready to offer all help to promote trade'
Indian Foreign Secretary Shashank has said his country is ready to offer "all assistance" to Bangladesh for promoting bilateral trade, which is heavily lopsided in favour of India.
 arrow Fifth accused arrested
Police yesterday announced the arrest of Mohammad Hasan alias Army Hasan, 30, a fifth arrested over the arson attack in Banshkhali that left 11 members of a Hindu family dead on the night of November18
 arrow Azad's family rules out political party help for treatment
Writer Humayun Azad's family said instead of any political party, it will take the assistance of either the government or Dhaka University Teachers' Association (DUTA) for taking Azad abroad for treatment.
 arrow A pall of black clouds leaves the Central Shaheed Minar...

 arrow Business suffers badly for Indian strike
Benapole land port has been virtually paralysed due to an indefinite strike enforced by the Clearing and Forwarding (C&F) Agents' Association and two other organisations of India at Petrapole land port
 arrow Small trader and criminal shot dead
Assailants yesterday gunned down a small trader in Ramna and a listed top criminal in Mirpur and stabbed another trader at Maniknagar in Dhaka.
 arrow Rapist killer of 7-yr-old girl hanged
Eight years after a 7-year-old girl was raped and killed at Bagdi village in Polash upazila of Narsingdi district, the parents got some solace in the execution of the offender.
 arrow Nuruddin quits AL
The Awami League advisory committee member and former minister M Nuruddin Khan announced his resignation from the party at a press conference in the city yesterday.
 arrow Roundabout removed from Gulshan-1...

 arrow Padma bridge to be built at Mawa
The long awaited Padma bridge will be constructed at Mawa-Janjira point.
 arrow No end to IU impasse in sight
The indefinite teachers' strike at the Islamic University (IU) pressing for resignation of the vice-chancellor has dragged on for two months now with no end in sight.
Businessarrow Khosru for lowering interest rates to 5-6pc
Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday suggested the commercial banks for lowering interest rates to 5 to 6 percent and providing collateral-free loans to small and cottage industryentrepreneurs.
 arrow Bangladesh, Qatar to take joint initiative to boost trade
Bangladesh and Qatar have agreed to take joint initiatives to open up bilateral trade relations especially in the field of agriculture.
 arrow Brokers, traders happy with increasing demand, price
The season's penultimate tea auction held here on Tuesday witnessed a good demand for better liquoring types with strong support from the loose tea traders and blenders.
 arrow Growth gives India chance to rein in fiscal deficit
Now may be the best time for India to tackle one of its toughest economic challenges -- a gaping hole in its budget, which analysts say has hindered the country's development for too long.
 arrow EU wants unbeatable IMFcandidate, delays ECB pick
The European Union Tuesday vowed to present the international community in April with a candidate who it hopes will be chosen by acclaim to become the next leader of the International Monetary Fund.
 arrow US steel scrap users may ask Bush to limit exports
A coalition of US steel manufacturers and consumers said Tuesday it may ask the Bush administration to limit US steel scrap exports because of Chinese purchases that have pushed prices sharply higher.
 arrow Western Union declares strategic relationship with Brac Bank
Western Union Financial Services Inc, a global leader in money transfer services, yesterday announced its strategic relationship with Brac Bank.
 arrow ICAB delegation to attend 53rd Safa Assembly in India
An 8-member delegation of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) left here on Tuesday to attend the three-day 53rd Assembly of South Asian Federation of Accountants (Safa) in Jaipur,
 arrow Two more ICT centres on the cards
Bangladesh plans to establish two more ICT business promotion centres, one in Europe and another in the US, to promote local information technology products.
 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'Be fashion-savvy, raise quality to enter Swiss footwear market' published on this page on March 9 (Tuesday), Saiful Islam was stated as vice-president of Bangladesh finishedLeather,
 arrow Bush touts free trade, warns of isolationists
US President George W Bush, faced with slumping poll numbers over his handling of the economy, presented himself as a champion of free trade Tuesday in a speech that warned of "isolationists" threatening
Sportsarrow Cricket: Cherish the joy
Ever seen shouts of celebrations of the fielding side the moment the ball had touched the bat but hasn't resulted in a wicket or a run-out? Well, that was exactly the scene at the Harare Sports Club yesterday
 arrow Cricket: It doesn't get any better
"We can win!" a startled-delighted fan could only manage those three words as he ran out of expressions near the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) after Bangladesh's thrilling eight-run victory against Zimbabwe
 arrow Football: Eyes on Russell
Literally speaking, it doesn't qualify as a massive match but when Sheikh Russell take on Dhaka Wanderers Club in their last Western Union Premier Division Football League encounter today, rest assured
 arrow Cricket: They are in Pakistan
India's cricket captain Sourav Ganguly vowed Wednesday to make his nation's first Test tour of Pakistan in 15 years a successful one, both on and off the field.
 arrow Cricket: Warne and Hayden show
Matthew Hayden pounded Sri Lanka's spinners with an unbeaten 106 as Australia fought back to seize control of the first cricket Test here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis set SA on track
Jacques Kallis was denied a fifth consecutive century as South Africa took control of the first Test against New Zealand here Wednesday before a late fightback by the Black Caps' bowlers.
 arrow Cricket: Welcome
Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul Haq and coach Javed Miandad Wednesday welcomed Indian cricketers on their arrival in Pakistan for the first time in more than 14 years.
 arrow Cricket: Imran's one-day money on India
Pakistani cricket great Imran Khan has tipped India to win the historic one-day series with Pakistan because of their strong batting line-up.
 arrow Cricket: Zimbabwe A in town
A 13-member Zimbabwe A team arrived in the city yesterday to play two four-day and five limited-overs matches against their Bangladesh.
 arrow Golf: IDLC CAS Trophy golf held
R T Parash clinched the men's title while Dr Caroline Bauer won the ladies' crown in the first IDLC CAS (Chief of Army Staff) Trophy golf tournament at the Bhatiary Golf and Country Club in Chittagong
 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
Balaka Krira Chakra recorded a massive eight-wicket victory over Rasulpur Jubo Sangha in the Satkhira District First Division Cricket League at the Satkhira Government College ground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Costinha brings out Red blood
A last-minute equaliser by Porto's Portuguese international midfielder Costinha sent Manchester United crashing out of the Champions League on Tuesday as they drew 1-1 but went out 3-2 on aggregate.
 arrow Football: Shown the door by Depor
Deportivo La Coruna sent Juventus tumbling out of the Champions League after defeating last season's beaten finalists 1-0 in the first knockout second leg tie here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Larsson's on a different mission
Sabotaging the business of a prospective employer is not usually an advisable strategy for the eager job-hunter.
 arrow Football: All eyes on Park Head
Celtic's UEFA Cup ambitions to go one better than last season are put to the ultimate test against Barcelona at Parkhead on Thursday in what coach Martin O'Neill describes as a huge bonus for the club.
 arrow Football: Lyon breaks ground
French champions Lyon assured their place in the last eight of the Champions League for the first time with a 1-0 win over Real Sociedad of Spain in their first knockout round second leg tie here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Lightning blot kills Chinese booter
An 18-year-old professional footballer from Chinese side SinChi TV was killed Wednesday after he was struck by a lightning bolt during a training session, local radio reported.
Metropolitanarrow Injecting drug users blamed for near-epidemic rise in HIV
With the number of injecting drug users (IDUs) more than doubling in 2002, Bangladesh is now just one percent short of becoming a country with HIV epidemic among IDUs, says a study of National Aids Committee
 arrow Anudip Motors-Kalyan Samity row over taxicab
Mahanagar Taxicab Malik Kalyan Samity (MTMKS) and Anudip Motors Limited blamed each other for violating the terms and conditions signed during handing over of taxicabs.
 arrow Agreement with Concord to develop Foy's lake
The Foy's lake in Chittagong would be developed to attract tourists from home and abroad.
 arrow Indian foreign secretary calls on Hasina
Indian Foreign Secretary Shashank made a courtesy call on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi office yesterday and discussed various bilateral issues.
 arrow President assents to two bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to two bills passed during the ongoing 11th session of the parliament.
 arrow Education@UK Fair begins today
A three-day Education@UK Fair 2004 organised by the British Council begins in the city today.
 arrow Reunion
The first reunion of ex-students of sociology department, Dhaka University, will be held at the TSC auditorium on April 2, says a press release.
Nationalarrow A team of nation builders
Some retired railway officials and workers are doing a great job at Syedpur.
 arrow A different scene
It was a different scene at the government Syedpur Railway Workshop on Tuesday.
 arrow Doctors' residences, offices ransacked
People ransacked a hospital in Kumarkhali upazila on Monday night demanding immediate removal and punishment of two doctors following death of three patients within a span of two hours.
 arrow A storm in a teacup
Singair thana police in a raid on Baimail village arrested 13 people and released four of them allegedly after realising Tk 10,000 from each.
 arrow Milon on hunt for exam cheats
Star National Desk

Six teachers were expelled for helping examinees during SSC and Dakhil examinations on Tuesday

Our Barisal Correspondent reports: State Minister for Education Ehsanul haque Milon

 arrow Cumin grown by Magura researchers
The Regional Spices Research Institute in Magura has achieved success in experimental cultivation of cumin, a spice widely used for cooking.
 arrow RAKUB to give easy loan to herbal plant growers
Rajshahi Krishi Unnayan Bank (RAKUB) will give loan on easy terms for setting up nursery of herbal plants.
 arrow Hartal observed to cancel pourasabha
People of Akaura observed a half-day hartal yesterday to press their demand for cancellation of Akhaura Pourasava.

The hartal was observed at the call of the Committee for Cancellation of Pourasabha.

 arrow Khulna Hardboard Mill may reopen in May
Khulna Hardboard Mill is likely to reopen in May this year, according to a highly placed source.
 arrow 34 more cases sent to Barisal STT
The home ministry has sent more 34 cases to Barisal Speedy Trial Tribunal.

Papers of the cases have reached the Tribunal, sources said yesterday.

 arrow 40 hurt in clash over land in Jamalpur
At least 40 people were injured, seven of them seriously, in a bloody clash between two rival groups over a land dispute at Sardarbari village in Motherganj upazila in Jamalpur on Monday.
 arrow Prisoner dies at Kushtia
A prisoner of Kushtia jail died at general hospital here on Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Zohurul Islam, 26, of Bazidpur village in Mirpur upazila.

 arrow Attack protested
Hundreds of people brought out a procession and paraded the main streets of the town protesting attack on fellow villagers by rivals at Shirishdia village in Sadar upazila on Monday.
 arrow Human chain formed in Mymensingh
Sammilito Sangskritik Jote formed a human chain here on Tuesday to condemn attempt on noted writer Prof Azad in Dhaka on February 27.
Point-Counterpointarrow Export Processing Zones: The question of labour rights
Research has led to the finding that the emergence of Export Processing Zones (EPZs) can be traced back to the Roman Empire, which set up free trade zones.
 arrow 'Things fall apart, centre cannot hold...'
We hope, Dr Azad will come around and resume his writing, but the diabolic assault on him points to the near-breakdown that our law and order has undergone lately.
Culturearrow Keramat Moula: an artiste par excellence
Meet Keramat Moula, a theatre and film personality who is well known in cultural circles. He has had a rich and varied career but prefers to keep his distance from the medium of television.
 arrow Syed Rezaur Rahman's short film on the Liberation War
The Liberation War of the nation has always been an inspiration for work of arts. A number of films have been made on the historic event. Unfortunately, not all of them deserve notice.
 arrow A touch of Norway
Eminent cultural personalities came together at a recent reception in Dhaka, hosted by the Norwegian Ambassador Aud Lise Norheim.
 arrow Musical evenings with Moushumi Bhoumik rescheduled
Good news for all the Moushumi Bhoumik fans! The musical evenings featuring this Indian musician have been rescheduled from March 9 and 10 to March 16 and 17.
 arrow Buddhadeb Dasgupta back with his third feature film
After a long gap, internationally-acclaimed veteran Bengali director Buddhadeb Dasgupta is back with his third Hindi feature film, this time starring Bollywood star Madhuri Nene Dixit.
Generalarrow Arrest real culprits involved in attack on Azad
Humayun Azad Mancha and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) submitted memoranda to the vice-chancellor of Dhaka University yesterday demanding immediate arrest of the real culprits responsible for the butcher's
 arrow JCD cadre shot, 2 Jubo Dal activists stabbed in Barisal
A JCD cadre was shot, two Jubo Dal activists were stabbed and a JCD leader was beaten up by their rival faction members in Barisal city in a span of 10 hours.
 arrow Independence Book Fair begins in Ctg March 21
An 11-day long "Independence Book Fair-2004" under the auspices of Department of Public Libraries (DPL) will begin in the port city on March 21.

This will be the first such book fair in the portcity.

 arrow 1355 more held
Police arrested 1,355 people from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00 am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Iran threatens to end cooperation with IAEA
Iran will halt its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog if European states fail to counter US pressure on the Islamic republic over its atomic programme, Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi threatenedyesterday.
 arrow Two US civilians shot dead in Iraq
Two US civilians and their Iraqi interpreter have been shot dead in central Iraq, while an errant US mortar round killed one Iraqi civilian, military officials said yesterday.
 arrow Israeli, Palestinian PMs finally set for meeting
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterpart Ahmed Qorei moved closer to their long-awaited first meeting amid a flurry of diplomatic activity yesterday aimed at restarting theMiddle
 arrow US accused over death of Palestinian detainee
Followers of Mohammed Abbas, Palestinian mastermind of the Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking in 1985, said Wednesday his death in US custody in Iraq amounted to "assassination.
 arrow Kerry steps closer to nomination
John Kerry moved closer to formally clinching the US Democratic presidential nomination on Tuesday with easy victories in four Southern states, including the crucial November battleground of Florida.
 arrow Death toll rises in Madagascar storm
At least 23 people were killed when cyclone Gafilo ripped through north Madagascar at the weekend, rescue services said Wednesday, while regional officials said they still had no news of a ferry with113
 arrow Pakistan, India agree to start another bus service
Officials from Pakistan and India yesterday agreed to restart a cross-border bus service on a route that had been suspended since the 1960s, officials said.
 arrow Tamil Tigers deny gearing for war
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels yesterday denied allegations by the leader of a breakaway faction that they were preparing to relaunch a civil war.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Foreign secretaries' meet
The foreign secretary level talks between Dhaka and Delhi have covered a lot of ground and positive signs are visible in quite a few areas. India has agreed to discuss its river-linking project with Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Plan afoot to tap phonelines?
It is with extreme trepidation that we read the news of an initiative getting underway to eavesdrop on phone lines.
 arrow The month of March and the Liberation War
Each year the month of March brings for us the sad memories of brutalities and ruthlessness, the terror and orgies unleashed by the barbarous hordes of Yahya-Bhutto clique upon the unarmed, innocent Bangalees.
 arrow Poll time, show-time
I thought after 12 general elections we would have settled down to a steady, moderate and responsible way to choose our representatives. No political party is new to the exercise.
Letters to Editorarrow We as a nation...
Bangladesh is a democracy but the atmosphere prevailing in our country doesn't seem so. We see corruption in every sector.
 arrow Corruption
Corruption has become an acknowledged phenomenon in Bangladesh. International watchdogs, political parties and even the Bangladesh government are aware of corruption.
 arrow Who defeated whom?
We celebrate 16 December, as it is our Victory Day, victory over Pakistani despots. We feel proud, we want to show the world that no oppressor can ever survive.
 arrow Bank loan
Recently we took BOI registration for a joint venture composite textile industry with Canadian investment. The cost of the project is US $ 5.5 million.
 arrow Biman's decision
I am amused to read in The Daily Star internet edition that Biman (March 9) Bangladesh is contemplating to buy 2 F28s and at the same time selling one or two of their own fleet, which are still flying,
 arrow Sorry, Dr. Azad
After hearing about the brutal attack on Dr. Azad, I am prompted to write about a similar incident which involved me although not as deadly as the attack on Dr. Azad.
 arrow Unbecoming of a minister
The state minister for education meted out physical punishment to an SSC examinee and at the same time shouted at a teacher- invigilator.