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Front Pagearrow Khosru, Reaz quit
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia reshuffled her cabinet yesterday dropping Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Reaz Rahman and reassigning Altaf Hossain Chowdhury as the new commerce minister.
 arrow The day we took up arms for independence
From this day there was no other way, but war. The war that changed the course of Bangladesh's history forever. From today there was no other mind but revenge for the genocide.
 arrow Guerrilla women recount valour
They look like any other ordinary rural women living in want and social deprivation. But they proudly nourish memories of valour of a war they fought to win freedom for the country in 1971.
 arrow Regulators yet to set licensing rule
The state telecoms regulator has failed to set modalities for a licensing regime for the internet telephony even three months into the process due to disagreement between the government and stakeholders
 arrow Khosru rules out leaving BNP
Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, who resigned as commerce minister yesterday citing 'personal reasons', has ruled out leaving the BNP and joining former president Badruddoza Chowdhury's alternative political
 arrow Altaf terms it a promotion
New Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury yesterday termed his portfolio change a promotion, hours after the former home minister replaced Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury in a third shake-up of the cabinet.
 arrow Reshuffle draws mixed reactions
The sudden cabinet reshuffle has drawn mixed response from the ruling BNP.
 arrow JS session to run till May 6
The current parliament session is set to become one of the longest-running sessions as the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) yesterday decided to drag it up to May 6 with a 30-day break, drawing flakfrom
 arrow Blair, Gaddafi pledge to fight al-Qaeda
Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday sealed Libya's return to the international fold with an historic handshake with Muammar Gaddafi and an agreement to fight al-Qaeda together.
 arrow Govt may delay EPZ TUs by 2yrs
The government is thinking of delaying introduction of trade union (TU) rights in the exclusive industrial zones by two years following requests from the foreign investors, according to sources.
 arrow Outlaws slay five in Chuadanga
Extremists killed five people in three separate incidents in sadar upazila Wednesday night.
 arrow Is this the country we fought for?
In a gesture of special recognition to women's contribution in liberating the country, Proshika, a non-governmental organisation, presented 'Muktijoddha' awards to 12 female liberation war veterans yesterday.
 arrow Restaurant fire kills 4 waiters
Four waiters, three of them relatives, were burnt to death when a fire broke out at a restaurant at Pallabi early Thursday.
 arrow Tagore's Nobel medal goes missing
In a daring burglary at the Uttarayan complex of Visva Bharati University in Shantiniketan, the Nobel Prize medal, a watch, a bangle and important citations belonging to Rabindranath Tagore were stolen
 arrow Suharto tops world graft rankings
Former President Suharto of Indonesia tops the all-time corruption league table, an anti-graft group says.
 arrow A cargo train runs out of order...

 arrow PM urges all to work together for prosperity
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all to work together imbued with the spirit of liberation war to build up a prosperous Bangladesh.
 arrow Alternative stream goes political April 12
The alternative political stream launched by former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury will take the shape of a political party with a name at a grand rally at Paltan Maidan in the capital on April 12.
 arrow A candlelight vigil...

 arrow Independence Award 2004 handed over
Seven personalities and three organisations were given Independence Award 2004 yesterday in recognition of their outstanding contributions to national life.
 arrow Saber sees Khosru quit as abandon ship syndrome
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, political secretary to the Awami League chief, has said Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury's resignation as commerce minister has added a new dimension to the "abandon ship syndrome"
 arrow By-polls if AL MPs resign: Bhuiyan
BNP Secretary General Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday said the resignation of 59 Awami League (AL) lawmakers would not be able to topple the government.
Businessarrow Govt to simplify process of issuing export-import licence
A couple of hours before he resigned as commerce minister, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury yesterday inaugurated a fair of optical products and disclosed a government plan to simplify the process of issuing
 arrow Thai product show begins Monday in Dhaka
A three-day exhibition of Thai products and services begins on Monday at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel.
 arrow Discourage use of poly bags in packaging
A delegation of Bangladesh Jute Mills Association (BJMC) Wednesday met the industries minister and sought measures to discourage the use of polypropylene bags in packaging.
 arrow Japan's trade surplus with Asia hits record high in Feb
Japan's trade surplus with Asia hit a record high in February as robust demand in China drove Japanese exports to the region, the finance ministry said Thursday.
 arrow Outsourcing backlash may hurt US high-tech sector
The impact of outsourcing on US unemployment has been grossly exaggerated, according to a study released Wednesday that said US authorities should improve supply-side initiatives before penalising companies
 arrow SEC fines MDs of two cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday fined the managing directors of two Z group companies -- Paragon Leather and Sonali Paper -- Tk one lakh each for not holding their annual general
 arrow New composite textile industry in DEPZ
A composite textile industry will be set up in the Dhaka Export Processing Zone (DEPZ) with an investment of US$10.39 million.
 arrow Samorita Hospital Ltd okays 10pc cash dividend
Samorita Hopspital Limited has approved 10 percent cash dividend for its shareholders.

The approval was made at the company's 18th annual general meeting held in Dhaka recently, says a press release.

 arrow Int'l trade fair begins at Barisal
A month-long international trade fair began here yesterday.

Barisal City Corporation Mayor Majibar Rahman Sarwar MP formally inaugurated the fair organised by Barisal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

 arrow US calls for farm trade swap with poor nations
The United States on Thursday urged developing countries to open up their markets to agricultural imports in exchange for cuts in subsidies Washington pays to US farmers.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Rookies rule Day Three
Both Rajin Saleh and Mohammad Ashraful missed centuries but Bangladesh A still came within 29 runs of Zimbabwe A's imposing first innings total on the third day of the four-day match at the Shaheed Chandu
 arrow Cricket: Atapattu replies for SL
Marvan Atapattu slammed a solid century as Sri Lanka made a strong reply in the third and final cricket Test against Australia here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly glad
India captain Sourav Gan-guly was thri-lled with his team's historic one-day series win in Pakistan on Wednesday, the first in six attempts.
 arrow Cricket: India hails its heroes
President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Mi-nister Atal Behari Vajpa-yee led mill-ions of Indi-ans in congratulating their cricket team for its historic one-day series victory over arch-rivals Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Put up or shut up: ICC
World cricket's governing body issued a 'put up or shut up' notice to all those making allegations of match-fixing in the ongoing Pakistan-India series, saying it needed evidence not speculation before
 arrow Cricket: Younis, Afridi released
Pakistan have dropped expe-rienced middle-order batsman Younis Khan for the first Test against India starting in Multan on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique called up
The selectors yesterday called up Mohammad Rafique when they named a preliminary list of 24 for the tour of West Indies in May.
 arrow Cricket: NZ won't be defensive
New Zealand are pledging not to take the easy route of a defensive mindset as they face their final frontier here Friday with the opportunity to achieve a first series win over South Africa.
 arrow Tennis: Ivanisevic still a winner
Goran Ivanisevic won for only the second time in two years here at the WTA and ATP Masters Series, with the oft-injured 2001 Wimbledon champion vowing to still be a Grand Slam threat.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS cricket league begins April 4
The Chittagong Jela Krira Sangstha (CJKS) cricket league begins on April 4. Ispahani Mirzapore Tea is the sponsor.

A total of 12 teams divided into three groups, will take part in the Premier League.

 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Provati Cricket Club and Akta Sporting Club won their respective matches in Dana Mia Cup cricket tournament at Eidgah ground yesterday.

Provati defeated Three Star Krira Chakra by 10 runs.

 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
Aryans Club defeated Jubo Ganamukhi Sangha by nine wickets in the Satkhira First Division Cricket League at the local Government College ground yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l team bridge
ATM Moazzem Hussain's team led Aces Alpha by 107-103 IMP after four sessions of the Fizz-Up 23rd National Team Bridge Champion-ship final at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Golf: Emirates to sponsor BMW Asian Open
Even before the dust has settled at the Dubai Desert Classic, Emirates is announcing that it will sponsor the prestigious BMW Asian Open 2004.
 arrow Cricket: Keraniganj cricket
The final of the Keraniganj Junior Division Cricket League 2004 will be held today at the Kalindi cricket ground. Howli Krira Chakra will meet Najarganj 'B' in the championship decider.
 arrow Cricket: Friendly cricket
A friendly cricket match between the officials of Chittagong Mohanagari Krira Sangstha (CMKS) and sports journalists will be held at the Dampara Police Lines ground today.
 arrow Football: Real roar after breather
Real Madrid turned on the style in the second half to earn a deserved 4-2 win over Monaco in their Champions League quarter-final first leg here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Advantage Gunners?
Claudio Ranieri has warned Arsenal they will need all of their killer instinct to end Chelsea's Champions League dream in a fortnight's time.
 arrow Football: 'Phenomenal' difference
Real Madrid have a Champions League/Primera Liga double in their sights thanks to a "phenomenal" display by Ronaldo in the 4-2 defeat of Monaco.
 arrow Football: Wind beneath the wings
Ronaldo's return grabbed most of the headlines on Thursday but the man who took the plaudits for Real Madrid's 4-2 win over Monaco was Luis Figo.

"Figo sorted everything out ...

 arrow Football: Socceroos call up Vieri's brother
Australia on Thursday named Massimiliano Vieri, the younger brother of Italian superstar Christian Vieri, in their squad to play a friendly match against South Africa in London next week.
Point-Counterpointarrow Productivity rise in USA: Its nature and implications
Productivity rise is the buzzword now in USA. Even our mentors who profess to advise us on the good governance, increase in efficiency suggest reduction of work force for increasing productivity.
 arrow Science and technology: A policy vision
New technology is vital to the healthy growth of traditional industries. Innovative technology has a central role to play for improvements in existing products, services and manufacturing processes.
Culturearrow Gana sangeet:a rich tradition Patriotism to the fore
Way back in 1993, I was presented a rare audio cassette with an original song of Dilip Kumar Ray, a famous singer of the 1930s.
 arrow Women freedom fighters and language activists honoured
On March 24, the Bangladesh Women Journalists Forum (BWJF) honoured Forkan Begum, Minara Begum Jhunu (both freedom fighters) and language activists Rowshan Ara Bachchu and Chemon Ara Shahin for their
 arrow Reliving the momentous days of 1971
Come March 26 and the nation will celebrate its Independence Day. Once more we commemorate our Liberation War through special programmes.
 arrow Pechhone Tokhon
To celebrate Independence Day, ntv will air a drama Pechhone Tokhon by Ijaj Ahmed on March 26, at 8:50 pm. Popular actor Jahiruddin Piar appears for the first time as a director of the play.
Generalarrow 16 Bangladeshi fishermen freed from Indian jail
Sixteen Bangladeshi fishermen have been released from Alipur jail of West Bengal, India, recently following an initiative by the two legal aid organisations of Bangladesh and India.
 arrow Hearing of remand prayer adjourned till Mar 30
A Dhaka Court yesterday adjourned till March 30 the hearing of a remand prayer of Nurul Islam Babul, chairman of Jamuna Group, accused in an attempted rape case.
 arrow '8th amendment to constitution done from political point of view'
The 8th amendment to the constitution was done not from religious but from political point of view, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Ershad Shikder brought back to Khulna dist jail
Condemned prisoner Ershad Shikder was brought back to Khulna district jail from Khulna Medical College Hospital prison cell yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Slaughtered body recovered
Police recovered the slaughtered body of an unidentified man from the bank of the Turag at Basilla in Mohammadpur yesterday morning.
 arrow Nazrul made envoy to Kuwait
The government has appointed trade union leader Nazrul Islam Khan as ambassador to Kuwait, a foreign ministry press release said yesterday.
 arrow Care (USA) president arrives today
President of the Care (USA) Peter Bell arrives in Dhaka today on a six-day official visit, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Independence Day
This day marks the beginning of our armed struggle for the independence of our beloved motherland. On the night of 25th March 1971 began one of the most gruesome and cruel episodes of human history.
 arrow Editorial: World TB Day resolve
That one person dies of Tuberculosis (TB) every ten minutes and another gets infected every two minutes in Bangladesh -- is a revelation that can only be ignored to the peril of public health.
 arrow The mathematics of hartals
Perhaps it is due to the seminal role that hartals played in the freedom movement in the days before independence and in the movement against military rule in the eighties and early nineties that they
 arrow Love and repentance
The hand, which poured the glass of milk for the patient in the room, flashed like a lightning before the eyes of a man who was sitting in a corner.
 arrow How united was the voice of the unity conference?
Awide shade of organizations and personalities attended the much-publicised conference under the banner of Oikya Prochesta on March 14 at Paltan Maidan.
Letters to Editorarrow Rickshaws and female passengers
The Dhaka Transport Coordination Board, a watchdog of BRTC, has taken the initiative to withdraw rickshaws from the Mirpur Road (Azimpur to Kalabagan) and Science Laboratory to College Road (Banga Bazar)
 arrow Assassination of Hamas leader
The assassination of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin by missile attacks from helicopter gunship which was ordered by Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, was a shocking, most cowardly and heinous
 arrow Waiting for a change...
The Bush administration has failed to present any evidence to back the fact that al-Qaeda carried out the dastardly attack on the twin towers.
 arrow Preserve textbooks
When the academic session of any class in a school is over, we find many students selling textbooks to hawkers along with other articles. This happens mostly in case of Bengali medium textbooks.
 arrow Rescuing our freedom
It is high time we start thinking about revamping our political attitude and perspective.
 arrow Attack on Humayan Azad
I was really shocked when I read this news.

I do not understand who is safe in this country. And our government seems quite indifferent about the safety of its citizens.

 arrow Bangladesh Business Award 2003
The joint initiative of DHL and The Daily Star to honour the business community is really a fine example of how to inspire the entrepreneurs.
 arrow Mob justice is blind
Just yesterday, I read how a group of robbers was lynched by the people of Bagerghat. The criminals were trying to sell off the shrimp that they had looted from a trawler.
 arrow Alcohol consumption
This is in reference to the letter of Ahsan Ali, published in the DS on 10 March, 2004. In his letter, Mr.
 arrow Boy's hot toys!
"We plan to have four submarines plus other vessels for our Navy spending Tk 1,200 crore within the next eight years" say newspaper headlines! The question that pops up immediately is where do we envisage
 arrow Congratulations !
Having all but given up on the recent gymnastics of the Bangladesh government, my dampened spirits were truly uplifted to read that we are at last on the brink of signing up the international optical
 arrow Finance minister's comments
I am not surprised to read the comments of the honourable finance minister, "If people can afford building expensive houses, why can't they afford expensive foods.
 arrow Bachelor
'Bachelor' stands out as an original creation. The actors and actresses play their roles in an easy-going manner.
 arrow The postal system
The other day I went to the GPO to post a letter. It was very crowded and noisy also, just like a fish market. Though the outlook of the GPO is good but the interior is very poor as well as dirty.
 arrow Views of an expatriate
We, post-graduate students overseas, who were raised and educated in Bangladesh, have been put to shame to our foreign friends by the recent events in our country.
Environmentarrow Ecological impacts of 'beautification'
Ecosystem is defined as "the total physical, chemical and biological conditions surrounding the organisms (including those organisms) of any area of the earth (we are yet to be certain on existence of
Worldarrow US relaxes Pak sanctions
The United States Wednesday relaxed its restrictions on exports to Pakistan, saying the action would ease democratic transition in Pakistan and contribute to the war on terrorism.
 arrow Deadline for al-Qaeda surrender passes
Tension gripped this tribal town near the Afghan border yesterday as a Pakistani army deadline for the surrender of a group of heavily-armed militants linked to al-Qaeda passed.
 arrow Most of world will live in cities by 2007: UN
Urban areas are growing so quickly that for the first time in history, most of the world will be living in cities by 2007, a new UN study said Wednesday.
 arrow Lack of vitamins eroding brainpower: UN
The brainpower of entire nations has diminished because of a shortage of the right vitamins, and slipping nutrients into people's food seems to be the only solution, a new UN survey says.
 arrow Countdown begins for sovereignty transfer
The countdown to sovereignty in Iraq began in earnest yesterday with a UN team due to arrive in Baghdad imminently to advise on who should lead the violence-wracked country from July.
 arrow 'Invasion undermined war on terror'
A former top White House security chief on Wednesday accused President George W.
 arrow Hamas leaders go into hiding in Gaza
The top leaders of the radical Hamas movement went into hiding yesterday as the three-day mourning period for their assassinated spiritual leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin came to a close.
 arrow Pak envoy, Diplomats striving to reunite APHC
Diplomats at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi are reported to have stepped up their efforts to reunite the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) ahead of its second round of talks with the Indian
 arrow Bandh affects normal life in Assam
The toll in Wednesday's massacre of Karbis by militant Kuki National Army in Assam's Karbi Anglong district has risen to 34 with the recovery of five more bodies during the night, police said.
 arrow US not to cut its nukes to Moscow treaty levels
The United States will not cut its nuclear arsenal to levels designated by an arms accord it concluded two years ago with Russia because it must hedge against an uncertain future, a top administration