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Front Pagearrow 66 killed as twisters tear thru' 2 districts
Twin tornadoes packing destructive winds cut swathes through Netrakona and Mymensingh districts on Wednesday, killing at least 66 people and injuring over 2000 others, police and witnesses said.
 arrow Controversial BTTB mobile project okayed
The government yesterday controversially approved the $76 million state-owned cellphone project in favour of a company found to have been guilty of forgery.
 arrow Pahela Boishakh celebrated
The nation on Wednesday greeted Pahela Boishakh, the first day of Bangla New Year 1411, with colourful festivities and a pledge to uphold its cultural heritage.
 arrow High costs sour investment climate
Despite having the second cheapest labour in Asia, high costs in a number of other fields are eating into the attractiveness of Bangladesh's investment climate, diagnoses a recent pan-Asian survey.
 arrow 12 new armed forces units soon: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said 12 new units -- three artillery regiments, three infantry battalions, three field ambulances and three workshops -- equipped with necessary manpower and modern
 arrow Bangabandhu judged greatest Bangali of all time
Founding father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been adjudged the "Greatest Bangali of All Time" by a listener's poll conducted by the Bengali Service of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
 arrow Dravid's double ton sets India for win
Rahul Dravid cracked a monumental 270 against a tired and depleted Pakistan attack to leave India in firm control of the crucial third Test here on Thursday.
 arrow Truck of explosives sans documents seized at Bhomra
A truckload of explosives imported from India through Bhomra land port on false declaration were seized late Wednesday.
 arrow Moudud asks for suspension of policemen
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed asked the authorities to suspend the policemen who took an attempted murder case in which a 3-year-old child was implicated.
 arrow 3 Japanese hostages freed, 2 GIs killed
Three Japanese hostages released in Iraq yesterday were shown on Arab satellite television and they seemed to be shaken but in good health while an Italian hostage was murdered by his captors.
 arrow Probe delay dents committee's credibility
Annoyed by the delay in submission of probe reports by sub-committees, the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the communications ministry yesterday said the procrastination was making
 arrow Eight killed in road accidents
Eight people were killed and 18 others injured in separate road accidents in Manikganj, Satkhira and Chittagong on Wednesday.
 arrow 'Bin Laden' offers Europe truce
A purported audio tape by Osama bin Laden, aired on Arab television, has offered a truce to Europeans if they pull troops out of Muslim nations but vowed to continue fighting the United States and Israel.
 arrow Rab gets 1,790 seized arms of Ctg ammo haul
The 1,790 sophisticated firearms from the sensational seizure in Chittagong on April 2 have been given to Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), which formally swings into action from Pahela Boishak (April 14).
 arrow Khaleda urges all to work together
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called upon all irrespective of party affiliation to work together for national development with a fresh vow.
 arrow AL forms 8-km human chain, says no to govt
An eight-km long human chain was formed in the port city yesterday as part of the programme of Chittagong City Awami League (AL) to show their non-confidence in the BNP-led alliance government.
 arrow Outlaws threaten to abduct children of Bagerhat SP
Leftist outlaws have threatened the top police officer in Bagerhat district with the abduction of his children if he did not immediately stop combing operations against them in the district.
 arrow Ex-BDR chief floats political platform
Yet another political platform hit the road this time by an ex-Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) director general, with an aim to ascend to the power by 2006.
 arrow A big question mark...

 arrow Hasina, Rehana thank BBC listeners
Sheikh Hasina and Sheikh Rehana, two surviving daughters of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, have expressed profound gratitude to the nation and millions of BBC listeners for recognising their father
 arrow Bagerhat UP chairmen seek security
Some union parishad (UP) chairmen of Bagerhat district yesterday asked the government to ensure security for their lives in the face of recent threats from underground operatives.
 arrow Luckier than its twin...

 arrow 4 JCD leaders freed after their 'arrest'
Motijheel police yesterday allegedly released four Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leaders of Habibullah Bahar College, two and half hours after they were held on charge of kidnapping and beating a bus
 arrow Desh issue banned
The government has confiscated April 2 issue of Indian magazine 'Desh' for using indecent words about Hazrat Adam and Eve (peace be on them).
 arrow Stray bullets kill youth, hurt two
A youth was killed and a woman and a boy were injured as stray bullets hit them when two gangs locked in a gunfight near Gopibagh rail gate yesterday.
 arrow 4 of a family drown in Kushiyara river
Four members of a family drowned in a boat capsize in the river Kushiyara yesterday.
 arrow 49 outlaws in Natore surrender
Some 49 underground operatives have surrendered at Pirgachha in the face joint drive by local Mujahedin Committee and police.
 arrow JCD cadres assault 3 BCL female activists at JU
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres of Jahangirnagar University (JU) yesterday assaulted three female activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on campus.
 arrow Inu asks opposition lawmakers to resign
Chairman of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday asked the opposition lawmakers to resign from the parliament to expedite fall of the government.
Businessarrow BTMA seeks 10-yr textile policy, cash incentive
Textile mill owners yesterday urged the government to formulate a 10-year policy for the development of textile sector and ensuring its competitiveness in global market.
 arrow Textile quota unlikely to stretch beyond 2004
The quota regime in global textile trade is unlikely to extend beyond December this year despite efforts by some industries in developed countries to do so, World Trade Organisation (WTO) Deputy Director
 arrow Cut import duty on raw materials
Plastic goods manufacturers and exporters have urged the government to reduce import duty on raw materials and impose supplementary duty on the import of finished products in the next financial year's
 arrow Submarine cable link to boost ICT sector
Science and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Minister Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday said Bangladesh's joining of submarine cable consortium would boost country's ICT sector.
 arrow Share prices fall on both bourses
After a bullish streak of seven trading days, share prices fell yesterday on the country's two stock exchanges.

Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) General Index lost 11.72 points or 1.

 arrow Winners of CityCell free phone draw
Citycell has announced the results of its raffle draw organised on the occasion of the Independence Day 2004. A total of 33 customers have won free CityCell phones, says a press release.
 arrow Customers of Electra Intíl to get Dhaka Bank credit
Dhaka Bank Limited recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Electra International Limited to run a month-long campaign 'Baishakhi Offer.
 arrow New MD of Sadharan Bima Corporation
Md Sirajul Islam, additional secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, joined Sadharan Bima Corporation as managing director on Monday. This will be his additional responsibility, says a press release.
 arrow Rangs, HSBC seal deal on interest free car loan
Rangs Limited, the sole distributor of Mitsubishi Motors in Bangladesh, and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC), Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide
 arrow Citigroup Q1 net income rises 29pc
The net income of Citigroup, owning company of Citibank NA, recorded a 29 percent increase during the first three months of this year over the first quarter of 2003.

The amount stood at $5.

 arrow First-ever Japan trade fair in Dhaka in June
The first-ever single country trade fair of Japan will be held in Dhaka on June 8.
 arrow Prime Bank to extend loan to Otobi customers
Prime Bank Limited will provide credit facilities to the customers of Otobi Limited to buy furniture under the bank's consumer credit scheme.
 arrow Central banks unveil structure for second Asian Bond Fund
Asian central banks Thursday unveiled the initial structure of a planned second Asian Bond Fund (ABF) to invest in debt securities denominated in local currencies as part of efforts to boost regionalfinancial
Sportsarrow Cricket: New-style trading
The Corporate Cricket League took a real shape yesterday when most of the 12 business houses involved in the first day's bourse in what promises to be a new chapter in domestic cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy puts on a brave face
Pakistan cap-tain Inza-mamul Haq is backing himself and his side to bat out the final two days and save the deciding third Test against India.
 arrow Cricket: It doesn't bother cricket
Virender Seh-wag cracked an Indian record 309 and newcomer Umar Gul pro-duced an un-likely golden spell of five for 31.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan saves England
Consistent batting from the top order led by captain Michael Vaughan helped England escape with a draw in the fourth and final Test against West Indies on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: ZCU soup up selectors
The Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) has dropped three selectors and named two new ones in a sign that the impasse with 13 senior players who have threatened to resign may be moving towards resolution.
 arrow Cricket: Kalindi dethrone BKSP
Kalindi Par-zowar High School crow-ned themselves the new national cricket champions ending the three-year reign of mighty Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protish-than (BKSP) yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick, Haas in qtrs
American Andy Roddick breezed past Robert Kendrick on Wednesday, advancing to the quarter-finals of the US Men's Clay Court Championship with a 6-2, 6-3 victory.
 arrow Tennis: Capriati, Davenport thruí
Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport both found themselves running around against 19-year-olds Wednesday. They also found themselves in the third round of the 1.3 million dollar WTA Family CircleCup.
 arrow Football: Inter, Celtic gone
Hopes of a UEFA Cup Battle of Britain showdown crumbled on Wednesday when Newcastle clinched a place in the semi-finals but Celtic failed to keep their side of the bargain by crashing out to Spanish side
 arrow Football: Samba stars not into 'Bluesí
Ronaldinho insists he would not leave Barcelona 'for all the money in the world' after speculation suggesting Chelsea were plotting a summer move for him.
 arrow Football: Parreira rests Ronaldo
Arsenal midfielder Edu was one of four uncapped players named in the Brazil squad on Tuesday for this month's friendly in Hungary while Real Madrid striker Ronaldo was rested.
 arrow Football: Barca miss out
Barcelona, who have now 14 games unbeaten, blew their big chance to move up to third in the Spanish first division when they could only draw 1-1 at Real Betis on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Gunners' luxury
Arsenal can open up a ten point gap at the top of the English Premiership on Friday with a victory over relegation-haunted Leeds with skipper Patrick Vieira insisting the Gunners' team spirit will carry
 arrow Football: Deco interests Bayern
German champions Bayern Munich want to sign FC Porto's mercurial midfielder Deco their manager Ottmar Hitzfeld confirmed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Loos has proof!
Soccer star David Beckham's former personal assistant said in an interview being aired on Thursday she is ready to tell a court all about the England soccer captain's "intimate parts" to prove she had
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan plan return tour
Pakistan and Indian officials are to meet to discuss future series between the two sides.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS cricket
Satadal Club recorded a 45-run victory over City Corporation Ekadosh Junior in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Dauria Cricket Club and Mohammedan Sporting Club won their respective matches in Shaheed Freedom Fighter Rango Mia Cup cricket tournament at the Shahjadapur Junior High School playground in Brahmanbaria
 arrow Chess: Nat'l jr chess
The 25th national junior chess championships (U-20) got underway at the Bangladesh Chess Federation conference room yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l athletics from today
The 29th national athletics championships will begin at the Sher-e Bangla Mirpur National Stadium today. Dhaka City Mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka will declare the two-day meet open at 3 pm.
 arrow Cricket: Learn for Lara: Atapattu
Sri Lankan captain Marvan Atapattu has told his Zimbabwe-bound batsmen to draw inspiration from world record-smashing West Indian Brian Lara in order to play a long innings.
 arrow Kabadi: Baishakhi kabadi
Haider Ali High School became champions in the Baishakhi Kabadi Mela on Wednesday beating Shaheed Nabi High School 75-67 in the final at outer stadium kabadi court.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Moyenuddin Smriti Sangsad defeated Young Eleven Star by 77 runs in the inaugural match of a cricket tournament organised by Magura District Sports Association at the district stadium yesterday.
 arrow BBC pool, snooker
The first ever Bangladesh Billiard Centre pool and snooker championship begins at the BBC at GEC intersection in the port city on April 23.
 arrow Football: Sher-e-Bangla soccer restarts on April 20
The qualifying rounds of the Sher-e Bangla Cup national football championships will kick off on April 28 in ten zones.
Metropolitanarrow Revised guideline to curb noise pollution in 2 weeks
An inter-ministerial meeting has decided to issue a revised guideline within next two weeks to curb noise pollution across the country.
 arrow College student killed in road accident
A college student was killed and three others were injured in a collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw at Ispahani intersection in the city's Pahartali area on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Water development for a better future
Water is the single-most important resource for the well-being of nation's population but unfortunately its management faces immense challenge.
 arrow A green vote ripens
1927 is remembered for black-flag demonstrations by the Congress against a Commission led by a lawyer, Sir John Simon, which had come to India in the process of reviewing the controversial Governmentof
Culturearrow Vast world of the Little Tramp
On April 16, 1889 a newborn baby saw the first rays of the sun. Born to musician parents in London, he grew up amidst poverty.
 arrow Pragna Laboni: Plaudits for recitation
Her modulation and diction effortlessly capture the quintessence of the works of Bengali poets such as Kazi Nazrul Islam and Rabindranath Tagore.
 arrow The beats of Chaitra Shankranti
Bidding farewell to the year gone by is a part of the traditions and cultures of many races in the world.
Generalarrow Unite to foil AL conspiracy: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday accused the main opposition Awami League of hindering the development activities.
 arrow Rice Knowledge Bank at final stage
The poverty elimination through rice research assistance (PETRRA) project of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is now at the final stage of developing an agricultural communication tool
 arrow Daily Star-CAMPE roundtable tomorrow
A roundtable on 'The role of the private sector in local resource mobilisation for basic education' will be held in the city tomorrow.
 arrow Hasina to visit tornado-hit areas today
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina will visit tornado-hit areas of Netrakona and Mymensingh districts today.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Chittagong arms haul
Experience teaches us that it is almost impossible for the political leadership in this country to act in a bipartisan manner for the good of the nation and to ensure that certain matters are kept above
 arrow Editorial: The greatest Bengalee
We are greatly heartened to learn that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman has been adjudged the greatest among the 20 Bengalees of all times in an opinion poll conducted by the BBC.
 arrow Algerians repose confidence in Bouteflika again
Very recently elections have been held in Algeria, a vast country in north Africa, which has failed to attract our attention.
 arrow September love
The sun was hanging in the mid-sky when he entered the park with the longing of a pilgrim returning to holy site.
 arrow UN reform a pressing agenda
Since its inception in 1945, the United Nations Security Council has been steadfast on one issue -- punishment of the Muslims.
Letters to Editorarrow Buriganga issue
The river that flows through the city, Buriganga, seems to be at the receiving end of all-- the local population that lives on its banks, the government and the steamers and launches that ply on it.
 arrow Suggest an alternative
As a regular reader of your commentary, I did not miss the last one. In the "Post-hartal question to Sk.
 arrow Media's role
I'm referring to your editorial 'PM's word of advice: Media has to report what's happening'. I fully appreciate the principle you laid down for news coverage.
 arrow House fly: a dangerous vector
Everyone is familiar with house flies in Bangladesh.
 arrow Loan defaulters
Kindly allow me to ventilate my views on the above subject through the columns of your esteemed daily. The capital market is a very important tool for the development of a country.
 arrow Bhavan politics
My attention was drawn to the editorial " Hawa Bhavan- Shudha Bhavan face off" (DS April 12th).
 arrow Our politicians and we
Present politics in Bangladesh has become a brutal game of power, a power struggle between the Awami League and the BNP or, more specifically, between Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia, while the
 arrow Hartal culture
I believe that people in general consider hartals to be an infringement on their rights to pursue their daily lives particularly when these are forced upon them.
 arrow Street light power saving
This refers to your correspondent's write up on the subject (DS: April 12). Based on the estimated loss of Tk 90,000 for 1,000 streetlight per hour, the annual loss would be Tk 27.6 lakh .
 arrow The leaders
No doubt Sheikh Hasina is desperately trying to return to power.
 arrow Caution money?
My son's school board "decided" to increase the caution money, from a one-time deposit of Tk 6,000 to Tk 8,000 last year, to Tk 10,000 this year.
 arrow A storm is brewing
When a cyclone threatens Chittagong, through radio, television and newspapers, people are being warned.
 arrow Frustration of a reader
With rapt attention, yesterday (9/4/2004) I read The Daily Star. Well, it has improved its international page -- on Friday it publishes two full pages "The World", so it gives the people what they want.
 arrow Let's we pray for a better future
Almost all the writers and some of the readers of the DS have already written a lot about the present day politics of our country.
 arrow Gulshan Lake
I am very glad to note the photograph, printed in your April 6 edition , of wooden poles demarcating the encroachers' filling of Gulshan Lake.
Worldarrow Bush's U-turn on ME fuels fears of violence
Washington's surprise policy shift on the Middle East was criticised yesterday amid fears it would fuel further violence in the volatile region, as the outraged Palestinian leadership called for an emergency
 arrow Powell talks about Indo-Pak 'situation'
The US Secretary of State Colin Powell has spoken to Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf about "the situation in the region and in terms of the dialogue between Pakistan and India" State Department Spokesman
 arrow 'Regional parties may push India towards hung parliament'
A good performance by a cluster of regional parties in upcoming elections may push India towards a hung parliament, the latest opinion polls show.
 arrow Pro-govt party to win ROK election: Poll
South Korea's pro-government Uri Party won an overall majority in parliamentary polls here Thursday in a stunning victory for impeached President Roh Moo-Hyun, according to exit polls.
 arrow US mounts 'aggressive' hunt for hostage-takers
The US-led coalition is mounting a "very aggressive" effort to identify the insurgents who are holding around 40 foreigners hostage in Iraq, a senior coalition official said yesterday.
 arrow Iraq sovereignty handover seen as largely symbolic
Iraq will have no control over its troops and very limited say over its immediate future when the United States formally hands over sovereignty in June, analysts said.
 arrow Afghan official, 10 others killed in Taliban ambush
Suspected Taliban fighters have killed a district police chief and his nine bodyguards in southeastern Afghanistan, an official said yesterday, in the latest of a spate of bloody ambushes by insurgents.