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Front Pagearrow Oldest civilisation dug out
The excavation of an ancient road suggests Narsingdi was part of a 2,450-year-old civilisation and formed the eastern fringe of Mauryan Empire.
 arrow SPs taken out of Rab to defuse rank dispute
The government took the superintendents of police (SPs) out of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to defuse a bitter dispute over precedence of ranks of military officials over those of police.
 arrow Army called out to watch water supply
Authorities posted army to six zones and the System Operation Centre of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday to smooth water supply and avert violence over the dry season water crisis that
 arrow Hunt down criminals targeting traders
Over 5, 000 traders from across the country unfurled a one-kilometre-long banner and formed a human chain for half an hour in Dhaka yesterday to demand tough actions against criminals targeting entrepreneurs.
 arrow Security van in Ctg ambushed
An armed gang looted Tk 56 lakh from a security company van in an ambush that injured its driver and four security men in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow India catch history
India sealed their first Test win on Pakistani soil, beating the hosts by an innings and 52 runs on Thursday.
 arrow Govt to bear 40pc, banks 60pc
The government will bear 40 percent and banks 60 percent cost of the waiver of outstanding agriculture loan interest, a circular said yesterday.
 arrow 36 Bangladeshis stranded in Iran return home
Thirty-six Bangladeshis, stranded in Iran, were flown back home last night by an Iranian Airlines flight.
 arrow AL takes an hour off April 7 hartal
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday cut its April 7 dawn-to-dusk hartal by an hour to clear way for World Health Organisation (WHO) programmes marking International Health Day.
 arrow Police reshuffle to soup up security in Apr
The Wednesday's decision for police reshuffle was made as a part of the government plan to tighten up security and anti-crime measures in response to the April-30 deadline set by Awami League for theBNP-led
 arrow JP (E) throws its weight behind govt
Lawmakers from the Jatiya Party (Ershad) yesterday assured the government of their "full cooperation" in consolidating parliamentary democracy, signalling an apparent divide in the party.
 arrow Foreign ministry needs recast
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be recast as it has failed to perform up to the mark in the changing global scenario, a parliamentary body observed yesterday.
 arrow Police foil attempt on Pak PM's life
Pakistani police said yesterday they foiled a plan to assassinate Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali in the port city of Karachi, arresting a member of an outlawed Islamic militant group with explosives.
 arrow 10 killed, 62 hurt in road crashes
Ten people were killed and 62 others injured in separate road accidents in Dhaka and Pabna districts yesterday.

Of them, eight people were killed in Dhamrai of Dhaka while the rest in Pabna.

 arrow Top outlaw dies in gunbattle with police
The third in command of the outlawed New Biplabi Communist Party (NBCP) was killed on Wednesday in a gunbattle with police at Dumuria in Khulna.
 arrow Tarique can't dodge blame for govt's failures: AL
Opposition Awami League yesterday said ruling BNP Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman simply cannot dodge blame for the 'misrule and failures of the government', as he is widely accused of virtually
 arrow AL, pro-left parties stage street demos
Main opposition Awami League (AL), left-leaning 11-party alliance and Hasanul Haq Inu-led Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) staged simultaneous demonstrations in the city yesterday to protest what they
 arrow 7 doctors, staff in Sirajganj suspended for duty neglect
The director general of the directorate of health services yesterday instantaneously suspended seven doctors and staff, while on a surprise visit to an upazila health complex in Sirajganj district, he
 arrow BNP MP blasts ministry for power outage
A ruling BNP lawmaker yesterday came down hard on the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources for a 48-hour non-stop power outage in his constituency.
 arrow Tk 5 coin not withdrawn
Bangladesh Bank(BB) in a statement yesterday clarified it did not withdraw five-taka coins that earlier have been rumoured to be so.
 arrow 20 injured in fresh JCD attack at CU
Activists of the Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and supporters of Progressive Students' Alliance (PSA) clashed on Chittagong University (CU) campus yesterday, wounding at least 20 including an assistant
 arrow Passengers suffer for 10 hours for blockade
Demonstrators yesterday blocked the highway from Daulatdia ferry terminal to Goalanda crossing in Rajbari for 10 hours, demanding the construction of the Padma bridge at Daulatdia-Paturia point.
 arrow Breach rules the road

 arrow Poor facility hurts elementary edn
Inadequate infrastructure and shortages of teaching staff in both the public and private schools of the country blunt the prospect of ensuring a quality education in the elementary level.
 arrow Astronomers find 40 'dwarf' galaxies
Astronomers using the Anglo-Australian telescope in outback Australia announced yesterday the discovery of more than 40 previously unknown "dwarf" galaxies in a constellation "on Earth's doorstep".
 arrow Hasina starts southern region tour today
Opposition Leader and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina begins a five-day organisational tour of southern region today.
 arrow Political violence kills 152 in three months
As many as 152 people were killed, 1,929 injured, 14 abducted and 1,314 arrested in politically-motivated incidents in three months.
 arrow PBCP operative hacked to death in Rajshahi
A gang yesterday hacked to death an alleged member of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) at Baghmara in Rajshahi.
 arrow Nor'wester hits Barisal, Netrakona
At least 25 people were injured and 500 houses damaged as nor'wester lashed Barisal and Netrakona districts yesterday and on Wednesday night.
 arrow Bomber kills 1, injures self in Uzbekistan
A woman blew herself up in Uzbekistan's central Bukhara region yesterday, killing a man and critically injuring herself, police said.

The blast occurred around 4 p.m.

Businessarrow Sugar price hike looms large
Sugar price may go up by at least Tk 10 a kg from May as private sector importers will take control of prices when government stocks run out at the end of this month, sources in Bangladesh Sugar and Food
 arrow Malpractice in SEC in issuing IPOs in 90s
Some companies were able to enter the capital market showing fake statements in connivance with a section of officials of initial public offering (IPO) department in the Securities and Exchange Commission
 arrow Bangladesh can export Tk 10,000cr drugs a year
Bangladesh has the potential to export more than Tk 10,000 crore worth of drugs a year, according to Bangladesh Association of Pharmaceutical Industry (BAPI).
 arrow New board of ICC-B
The new executive board of Inter-national Chamber of Commerce- Bangladesh (ICCB) unanimously re-elected Mahbubur Rahman as president and Latifur Rahman as vice-president.
 arrow ‘Good corporate governance prerequisite for investment’
Good corporate governance in the institutions is a prerequisite for both foreign and domestic investment as well as for developing capital market.
 arrow EU horse-trading over IMF job enters home straight
EU finance ministers meet Friday for talks likely dominated by high-stakes horse-trading as Europe seeks agreement on the next head of the IMF, with two candidates leading the pack into the home straight.
 arrow ECB convenes to discuss possible rate cut
The European Central Bank sat down Thursday for its regular monthly meeting to determine the appropriate level of interest rates for the 12-country eurozone.
 arrow Banks asked to follow rules in disclosing price sensitive info
Some commercial banks are allegedly hoodwinking people through disclosing inconsistent financial information, in breach of the securities law.
 arrow Prime Bank receives first instalment payment from Mir Ceramic
Mir Ceramic Limited paid the first instalment of the syndicated term loan of Tk 280.50 million account to Prime Bank Limited, lead arranger of the loan, at a function held on Sunday at a city hotel.
 arrow Kamaluddin Siddiqui to head co-ordination body on RMG
Prime Minister's Principal Secretary Kamaluddin Siddiqui has been assigned to head the national co-ordination committee on garment industry that will provide policy support for the export sector.
 arrow Transcom Electronics holds prize giving ceremony
Transcom Electronics Limited recently held a prize giving ceremony of 'Incentive Scheme 2003' for Chittagong area retailers of Philips Lighting.
 arrow Emirates adds frequencies to Manila, Osaka
Emirates has increased its frequencies to two Asian cities Manila in the Philippines and Osaka in Japan.
 arrow National Housing, Silicon Properties sign MoU
National Housing Finance and Investments Ltd and Silicon Properties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Dhaka recently.
 arrow US lawmakers criticise China on trade
US lawmakers bashed China on Wednesday, accusing it of engaging in unfair trade that inflated the US deficit and stole American jobs.
 arrow Sugar price hike looms large
Sugar price may go up by at least Tk 10 a kg from May as private sector importers will take control of prices when government stocks run out at the end of this month, sources in Bangladesh Sugar and Food
Sportsarrow Booters end a sad day
After two glo-rious golden days at the SAF Games in Islamabad, Bangladesh came crashing to earth with a bump when their football team bowed out from the competition conceding a 1-0 defeat against hosts
 arrow Cricket: I'm not finished yet: Rahul
India's stand-in captain Rahul Dravid described Thursday's maiden Test win on Pakistan soil as one of his nation's best triumphs abroad, then warned the arch-rivals he was not finished yet.
 arrow Cricket: 50-year frontier falls
India produced one of their most impressive bowling displays abroad to clinch their maiden Test victory on Pakistan soil on Thursday after 20 failed attempts since 1954.
 arrow Cricket: India's finest moment
Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpa-yee on Thurs-day led the nation in hai-ling the cricket team on their maiden Test triumph in Pakistan.
 arrow Cricket: Green tops don't bother Ganguly
India cricket captain Sou-rav Ganguly, forced to wat-ch India re-cord a historic win against Pakistan from the sidelines, praised his bowlers for bowling out the formidable opposition twice on what was
 arrow Cricket: Lara doesn't give up
West Indies captain Brian Lara has predicted his battered team will stage a fightback when they take on England in the third Test which starts here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Champs Trophy stays put
The Champions Trophy tournament will not be moved from England, International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ehsan Mani said in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Saqlain axed
Pakistan selectors on Thursday dropped seasoned off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq for next week's second Test against India, but desisted from making many changes in the losing squad.
 arrow Olympic flame in Athens
Katerina Thanou, Greek sprint Olympic champion and last torch-bearer of the first leg of the Greek torch relay of Athens 2004, brought the Olympic flame into the Panathinaion stadium, Athens on Wednesday.
 arrow Chess: Parag stuns Niaz
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib were jointly leading the table with four points each after the fifth round of the Singer 30th National Chess Championship at the
 arrow Handball: Sheetal h'ball
Mohammedan Sporting Club thrashed Jatrabari Krira Chakra 32-8 in the Sheetal Women's Handball League at the outer handball court yesterday.

The winners dominated the first half 16-4.

 arrow Musharraf bowls & Vajpayee bats
Pakistan and India will further improve their burgeoning ties when their leaders face each other on the cricket pitch during next week's second Test in Lahore, if the Times of India is to be believed.
 arrow Football: Paraguay keep Brazil in check
World champions Brazil were held to a goalless draw by Paraguay in an uncompromising, foul-ridden World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Biggies pass a torrid night
South Korea were held to a shock draw while fellow heavyweights Japan and Saudi Arabia were given the fright of their lives as Asia's underdogs bared their teeth in the latest round of qualifiers forthe
 arrow Football: ROK in shock
South Korean football fans and news media expressed shock and anger Thursday after the national team was held to a goaless draw by tiny Maldives in the latest round of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Home not too sweet for Sven
England boss Sven Goran Eriksson rounded off a difficult week with 1-0 defeat to his native Sweden but his frustration was shared by France and Holland who produced a dull goalless draw in Rotterdam on
 arrow Cricket: Satkhira cricket
United Club defeated PK Union Club by 17 runs in the Satkhira First Division Cricket League at the Satkhira Government College ground yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Inter-varsity hockey
The inter-university hockey competition began at central playground of Chittagong University on Wednesday.

The hosts got off to flying start defeating Rajshahi University 3-0 in the opening match.

 arrow Cricket: WI 71-2 at lunch
West Indies were 71-2 at lunch against England on the opening day of the third Test at Bridgetown, Barbados yesterday.
 arrow Navy sports
Thhe annual tennis and squash championship of the Bangladesh navy concluded at the area sports complex at BNS Issa Khan on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow A date with the British ICS
The British ICS officers who served the government of East Bengal had left our shores long before Bangladesh was born.
 arrow Science and technology: What others are doing
Of relevance in this conn-ection is the Indian plan, adopted over 22 years ago to build up excellent laboratories in all disciplines of science and technology including those in biotechnology.
Culturearrow Megher Pore Megh
The history of humanity teaches us at least two sad facts about war. One is that it brings tragedy. Another is it will be endlessly repeated.'--Anonymous.
 arrow Capturing nature's beauty from above
Ever wondered how our beloved motherland looks from a high attitude? What does its horizontal scenic beauty look like from above? The stretching landscape with vast fields chequered by demarcating ridges?
 arrow Kotha Academy celebrates spring
In almost every country of the world spring is celebrated with joy, song and music. Bangladesh, the land of six seasons, is no different.
 arrow Lata Mangeshkar lends her voice to Vajpayee's verse
It was a new chapter in the life of 75-year-old melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.
 arrow Miss India Laxmi Pandit returns crown
Indian beauty queen Laxmi Pandit, who at the weekend was declared first runner-up in Miss India 2004, returned her crown Wednesday amid claims she is married and did not meet the age requirements of the
Generalarrow Tk 10 lakh ransom demanded for his release
Abductors of Sanatan Kumar Paul, a leading businessman of Magura, sent a message to his family on Wednesday night demanding a ransom of Tk 10 lakh for his release, sources said.
 arrow Stop violence against women for sustainable development
Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain yesterday called for an end to violence against women to achieve sustainable development.
 arrow Echo launches second Disaster Preparedness Programme
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (Echo) South Asia formally launched its 2nd Disaster Preparedness Programme (Dipecho) at a function in the city yesterday.
 arrow Ctg port golden handshake begins
One hundred and ten dock-workers submitted their resignation on the first day of the golden handshake programme that began at the Chittagong Port yesterday.
 arrow Awareness must to save environment
Sensitising the public on the environmental degradation in addition to the stringent environment laws will supplement the efforts to make the surroundings livable.
 arrow 10 get life term for killing one
A court here Wednesday sentenced 10 people to life term rigorous imprisonment in a murder case.
 arrow Attack on CU students condemned
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD)-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left-leaning student organisations, yesterday condemned the attack on general students
 arrow Body to oversee implementation of wage board award
The government has constituted a nine-member committee to oversee progress of implementation of the 5th Wage Board Award in different newspapers and new agencies.
 arrow 'Name 5th RU hall as Ila Mitro Hall'
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) yesterday urged the Rajshahi University (RU) authorities to name the 5th women's hall of the university as 'Ila Mitro Hall.
 arrow Blast at RHD office in Khulna
A powerful bomb went off on the compound of the office of the RHD executive engineer today, damaging two motorcycles and windowpanes.
 arrow Over 1500 held
Police arrested 1,591 people during their ongoing countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Maj Gen Matiur awarded BAS gold medal
Maj. Gen.
 arrow Gamca executives
A nine-member executive council of the GCC Approved Medical Centre's Association (Gamca) was elected on March 29, says a press release.

The election was held at Hotel Sheraton.

Editorialarrow Editorial: Yes to dialogue
The business community has called upon the government and the opposition to iron out their differences through dialogue.
 arrow Editorial: Potable water scarcity
The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) in Dhaka is taking resort to a contingency measure that rings familiar almost as an annual feature.
 arrow Is now the right time for a new political force?
These are troubled times in Bangladesh. The entire country waits on tenterhooks to see what the month of April holds for us.
 arrow Should writers write anything they want?
Taslima Nasrin wrote a book, which got her banned from the country, and then she wrote another one to make it worse.
 arrow ‘Pak army attacked Joydevpur...’
Iread with interest the article "Pak Army attacked Joydevpur on 19 March, 1971" written by Mr Nuruddin Mahmud Kamal, a Muktijoddha, published in your esteemed daily 25 March, 2004.
Letters to Editorarrow Deadly deadline!
The government, that sickly child of compromise, is looking surprisingly tough to survive the first serious test following the recent deterioration of law and order , price spiral of the essentials,
 arrow Cricket for friendship
The world has never seen friendly relations between the two neighbours, India and Pakistan, since their independence in 1947.
 arrow Story of a patriot
I am a regular reader of your newspaper.
 arrow Biotechnology policy vision
I was tremendously attracted to the article 'Science and Technology : A Policy Vision' by Prof. Ahmad Islam in the 'Point Counterpoint' page on 26 March.
 arrow Tagore's medal
We are shocked to hear that burglars stole some invaluable manuscripts and Tagore's Noble Medal from Shanti-niketan. Tagore is a pride of Bengalees.
 arrow No communication, no development
You have a BMW car but there are no roads to drive it. Will it be possible to run your car? Obviously no. You Just think about the opposite situation. Still the answer is no.
 arrow Laboratory wastes
People are very much dependent on the diagnostic laboratories for proper diagnosis of diseases. A laboratory can diagnose any disease, which was quite impossible only a few years ago.
 arrow News coverage
I'm a regular subscriber of The Daily Star. I appreciate its standard compared to other Bangladeshi newspapers. However, at times I get disappointed with your news coverage.
 arrow Media reporting
The terrible killing of a businessman and his son from the old part of Dhaka city has shocked the whole nation. How can a person or persons become so brutal is a question that many people are askingthemselves.
 arrow Terrorism, suicide bombers and freedom
Have Israel, the USA and the UK ever thought about the main causes of world wide terrorism and suicide bomb attacks?

To call a spade a spade our opinion are as follows:


 arrow Social poise of leaders
As an ordinary, nameless citizen who has been voting for more than four decades, I find it distressing to note the weaknesses in the social poise of our leaders (generally speaking).
 arrow Illegal appointments in RU
We are shocked at the news recurrently coming in the national dailies that 300 staff members have been appointed illegally in Rajshahi University.
 arrow Electronic signboards
Summer has returned so has the curse named blackouts .When the common people are suffering for power failures, we see flashy electronic signboards here and there.
 arrow Politicians of Bangladesh
Bottomless despair has recently led most of us to be extremely pessimistic about the future of our beloved motherland! We have not yet enjoyed the fruits of our long cherished freedom in the true sense.
Environmentarrow The advancing desertification
All living things are governed by dominant principles, or rules. We all exist within a food chain: we both eat and are eaten. All nature is part of this food chain.
Worldarrow Lanka may have another hung parliament
Sri Lanka deployed thousands of troops ahead of today's parliamentary elections expected to return a hung parliament which could further undermine a faltering effort to end ethnic unrest.
 arrow South Asia mired in health crisis: Experts
The people of India, Pakistan and other countries in South Asia are in dramatically poor health, physical and mental, British and Asian health experts warn.
 arrow Divided dynasties in India
Dynasty seems to have ceased to be a dirty world in India's politics and electoral battles.
 arrow 'Pakistan to quit talks if there is no progress'
President Pervez Musharraf has said he has told key world leaders he would withdraw from peace efforts between India and Pakistan if progress was not made ending the Kashmir dispute through dialogue.
 arrow Afghanistan, 6 others ink accord on anti-drugs fight
Afghanistan and its six closest neighbours inked a regional cooperation accord yesterday to step up the fight against narcotics by creating a "security belt" around the country.
 arrow China scolds US for radar sales to Taiwan
China scolded the United States yesterday for its planned sale of long-range early-warning radar worth up to $1.78 billion to Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province.
 arrow US, Canada smash drug ring with Asian link
At least 171 suspects were arrested in the United States and Canada early Wednesday, as police in both countries smashed a lucrative ecstasy and marijuana smuggling ring that allegedly funneled profits
 arrow Annan sends proposal to Cypriot voters
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan put the future of Cyprus in the hands of its people as he laid out a proposal for reunification of the Mediterranean island that will now go directly to voters.
 arrow Israelis battle gunmen at mental hospital
Israeli soldiers battled Palestinian gunmen holed up in a mental hospital yesterday in a flare-up of violence as US envoys began a visit to sound out Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on a Gaza pullout plan.
 arrow Bremer vows revenge
An eerie calm gripped this town west of Baghdad yesterday, a day after four American civilians were burned to death and their bodies dismembered, as US overseer Paul Bremer vowed the deaths and thoseof
 arrow 'Bush's pre-Sept 11 focus was on missiles, not terrorism'
The White House's national security policy before the September 11 attacks focused on the threat of long-range missiles, not on terrorism, The Washington Post said yesterday.
 arrow New members to be feted at Nato HQ
Nato will bring out the bunting today at a ceremonial welcome for seven ex-communist countries that joined the alliance this week -- before getting down to business in talks with an irate Russia.