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Front Pagearrow Cabinet okays extension of SC judges' retirement age
The cabinet last night approved a proposal for extending the retirement age of Supreme Court judges by two years from 65 to 67, but rejected another proposal for omitting the provision for the Supreme
 arrow ADP up again for cut
Like the previous years, the planning ministry has proposed downward revision of the Annual Development Programme (ADP), slashing it by Tk 1,366 crore due to slow implementation and poor flow of project
 arrow Massive arrests ahead of Hawa Bhaban siege plan
Police and paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday cracked down on the activists of Awami League (AL) and workers of Proshika, a non-government organisation, arresting at least 1,363 of them to
 arrow Dhaka-Beijing row deepens over trade centre launch
Bangladesh-China diplomatic row over the opening of a Taiwanese office in Dhaka has hardened ahead of the scheduled inauguration of the office on April 26.
 arrow India goes to polls today
The first phase of polling in India's parliamentary elections begins today amid tight security, which will decide the fates of 1,103 candidates of different political parties including Deputy Prime Minister
 arrow Govt can't be toppled with arms: Khaleda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday alleged the main opposition Awami League (AL) was exploring unconstitutional means, including the use of weapons, to unseat the government and asked the party to give
 arrow Spanish PM orders Iraq pullout
Spain's prime minister Sunday ordered Spanish troops pulled out of Iraq as soon as possible, fulfilling a campaign pledge to a nation recovering from terrorist bombings that al-Qaeda militants said were
 arrow Department head resigns in protest
A departmental chairman at Rajshahi University (RU) resigned yesterday in protest at the controversial recruitment of 544 employees.
 arrow JS bodies mum about graft before April 30
Most of the parliamentary standing committees formed to ensure transparency and accountability of the government have apparently become inoperative because of the opposition deadline to unseat the coalition
 arrow Musharraf signs law giving Pak military political role
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf yesterday approved a controversial bill setting up a National Security Council which critics say would give the military a political role.
 arrow Critically ill Maradona on life support
The condition of Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, fighting for his life in hospital here Monday after heart failure, has been complicated by a lung infection, his personal doctor said Monday.
 arrow SC gives govt 3 more months
The Supreme Court yesterday gave the government three more months to fully implement its directive on separation of the judiciary from the executive.
 arrow Drive against unregistered launches to go tight
The government yesterday decided to intensify the drive against unregistered passenger launch and cargo vessels during this monsoon.
 arrow Wilful waste...

 arrow BBC to tell Star reporter's story
Special Correspondent of The Daily Star Morshed Ali Khan yesterday left Dhaka for London en route to Rwanda on a special assign- ment commissioned by the BBC Radio-4.
 arrow Hasina leads city rally to demand govt's quit
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday led a procession of thousands of her supporters through streets in Dhaka, repeating the call for immediate resignation of the government to clear way for
 arrow Charges pressed against Babul
Badda police yesterday pressed charges against Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul and five others in the Alam Pramanik murder case.
 arrow Dhaka dropped from US travel warning list
The validity of travel warnings the US State Department issued on January 25 this year for American citizens intending to visit Bangladesh has expired and the country has been de-listed.
 arrow Traffic barred for PM's rally
Roads in the port city were clogged yesterday due to a public meeting of the four-party alliance at the Outer Stadium.
 arrow 3 killed as twister hits Mymensingh
A tornado lashed three upazilas of Mymensingh Sunday evening killing at least three people and injuring 50 others.
 arrow 'Bail to 3-year-old boy mysterious'
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ashraful Huda yesterday pegged the event of bail-taking by a child from a Dhaka court as mysterious and said police were trying to unravel it.
 arrow Scene of gridlock...

 arrow US officials, civic leaders agree Falluja peace plan
U.S. officials and civic leaders of Falluja yesterday agreed a plan to bring peace back to the bloodied Iraqi city after two weeks of heavy fighting in which hundreds of Iraqis died.
 arrow US envoy visits The Daily Star office
US Ambassador to Bangladesh Harry K Thomas yesterday afternoon paid a courtesy visit to The Daily Star office and exchanged views with the journalists of the daily.
 arrow Activists of ruling BNP's student front...

 arrow Hillary Clinton not interested to be Kerry's running mate
Senator Hillary Clinton insisted yesterday she has no interest in becoming the vice presidential candidate with Democratic challenger John Kerry.
 arrow President rejects Ershad Sikder's mercy petition
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday turned down the mercy petition of notorious criminal Ershad Sikder, who was sentenced to death by a court in his home district Khulna for killing Mohammad Khalid Hossain.
 arrow Information secy transferred to Planning Commission
The establishment ministry on Sunday transferred Information Secretary Tazmul Alam Siddiqui to the Planning Commission as a member and appointed the additional secretary at the Prime Minister's Office
Businessarrow Stop sugar import thru' private sector
Sugar dealers and traders yesterday held private sector importers responsible for the price hike of sugar and urged the government to import sugar only through public sector.
 arrow Internet fair ends on a high
The first-ever internet fair, which drew an overwhelming response from the enthusiasts, concluded on Sunday promising a better, faster service.
 arrow Single-digit lending rates by year-end
Commercial banks' lending rates would come down to single-digit slabs by year-end through further interest cuts, maintaining market corrections from the already-declining trend.
 arrow Energy watchdog likely shortly
The much-talked about Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) is likely to be formed in a couple of days.
 arrow Lemierre re-elected EBRD chief, Rato likely to head IMF
Frenchman Jean Lemierre was re-elected president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Monday, effectively ruling him out of the race to head the International Monetary Fund.
 arrow SEC seeks DSE clarification on bulk share transactions
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) yesterday sought clarification from the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on transactions of 63,894 shares by a Uttara Bank sponsor director, which the regulators
 arrow Citigroup grant for primary education in Bangladesh
Citigroup Foundation through Citibank Bangladesh has embarked on a new initiative on primary education for underprivileged children in Bangladesh.
 arrow STB regional office opens in Manila
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has opened its sixth regional office in Manila.

The Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of STB Lim Neo Chian inaugurated the office on Thursday, says a press release.

 arrow Centre for small businesses opens at Dhaka chamber
In a bid to educate small business owners and managers, a knowledge centre was launched at Dhaka chamber building here yesterday.
 arrow Annual dealers' meet of RAK Ceramics held
The 3rd 'Dealers' Annual Get Together' of RAK Ceramics (Bangladesh) Pvt Ltd was held at Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow BD Foods makes debut in local agro-products market
BD Foods Ltd has made its entry into the agro-products market with powdered spices and savouries.

At a press conference in Dhaka yesterday, BD Foods launched its products in local market.

 arrow BRAC Bank Banani branch opens
BRAC Bank Limited has opened a new branch at Banani in Dhaka.

With this, the total number of branches of the bank stands at 10.

 arrow Global economy, IMF post high on agenda at Washington meet
A recovering but still vulnerable global economy and the future leadership of the IMF are expected to top the agenda this weekend when senior finance officials from the IMF, the World Bank and Group of
Sportsarrow Cricket: Selectors' spin plot
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said that he went against the conventional thinking by picking more spinners for Bangladesh's first tour of the West Indies starting next month.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket goes corporate today
Cricketers will finally get into action when the first-ever GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League (CCL) kicks off at the Bangabandhu National Stadium today.
 arrow Football: Maradona critically ill
Argentina's Diego Maradona, one of the most gifted players in soccer history, remains in intensive care in a Buenos Aires clinic after being admitted with heart and breathing problems.
 arrow Cricket: Read sixers win 1st ODI
Wicketkeeper Chris Read was England's saviour on Sunday as his three late sixes helped the tourists beat West Indies by two wickets in a thrilling opening to the one-day international series.
 arrow Cricket: Lara mark may remain untouchable: Ponting
Australia's desire to win Test matches in quick time makes surpassing Brian Lara's world record score virtually unattainable, skipper Ricky Ponting said here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam stays put
Inzamamul Haq will remain as Pakistan captain despite the Test and one-day series defeats to India.
 arrow Cricket: Zim saddens the sport
Zimbabwe's decision to drop 13 rebel white players gives cricket authorities the upper hand in a racially-charged row but the sport is the real loser.
 arrow Football: Reds bolstered by guests
Injury-hit Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra have strengthened their side by hiring star names from fellow Dhaka giants as they bid to record their first win in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Venus back to winning
Venus Williams captured her first WTA title in 14 months, rallying to defeat Spain's Conchita Martinez 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the Family Circle Cup.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick rocked
Germany's Tommy Haas captured his first ATP title since 2001, defeating American top seed Andy Roddick 6-3, 6-4 here Sunday to win the 400,000-dollar United States Clay Court Championship.
 arrow Cricket: Nadif's action suspect
Bangladesh's young left-arm spinner Nadif Chowdhury has been reported for suspect action during the U/19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh in February - March this year.
 arrow Hockey: Bangladesh open campaign today
Bangladesh launch their 5th Under-21 Asia Cup hockey tournament campaign when they take on formidable China in Karachi today.
 arrow Chess: Nat'l jr chess
Mehdi Hasan Parag and Moha-mmad Ali jointly shared the lead with five points each after the end of the fifth round games in the 25th National Junior Chess Cham-pionship at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: CJKS-Ispahani cricket
Brothers Union recorded a seven-wicket victory over Satadal Junior in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket league at the MA Aziz Stadium on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Haque Sporting Club recorded a nine-wicket victory over Nannu Smriti Sangha in a cricket tournament at the Magura Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Nat'l jr tennis from May 10
The National junior tennis championships will be held in Dhaka from May 10-14.
 arrow Volleyball: Nat'l youth v’ball
Rajshahi blanked Perojepur 3-0 in yesterday's National youth volleyball championships match at the Volleyball Stadium.

They dominated the tie winning the three sets 25-6, 25-8 and 25-7.

 arrow Football: Totti special inspires Roma
Francesco Totti's unstoppable free-kick gave Roma a 1-0 win at struggling Modena on Sunday and kept alive their hopes of catching AC Milan at the top of Serie A.
 arrow Football: Mista's last gasp rescue
Mista Ferrer's last minute goal gave Valencia a 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad to keep them on top of the Spanish first division while, at the other end, Murcia were relegated after they lost 1-0 to Real
 arrow Football: Fresh twist in Becks soap
A media storm surrounding the love life of David Beckham raged on as a third woman came forward to claim, in a British tabloid newspaper Sunday, that she had a fling with the England football captain.
 arrow Football: Puma take on FIFA
Sportswear manufacturers Puma are to take FIFA to court as they seek compensation for FIFA's decision to ban their controversial one-piece kits worn by Cameroon at the 2004 African Nations Cup.
 arrow Football: Coelho steps down
South Korea's Portuguese coach Humberto Coelho stepped down Monday as coach of the World Cup semi-finalists after a string of poor results.
 arrow Football: Magpies hold on for draw
Newcastle, forced to play most of the match with 10 men, battled their way to a goalless draw against Aston Villa here on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow Study to evolve efficient transport system for city
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) has launched a study titled 'Strategic Transport Plan' to evolve an efficient transport system for the city and its surrounding areas .
 arrow JCD leaders agitate to continue their illegal practice
Eden College unit leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of the ruling BNP, yesterday demanded removal of the principal on charges of alleged corruption and admission fee-hike.
 arrow Bus crushes youth to death in Motijheel
A passenger bus crushed a youth to death at Motijheel yesterday.

Jahangir Alam Babu, 20, while crossing the road was run over by a Dhupkhola - Mohammadpur route bus at Shapla Chattar at about 1:30pm.

 arrow Pak defence team calls on president
The Pakistan National Defence College (NDC) delegation paid a courtesy call on President and Supreme Commander of the Bangladesh Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Study to evolve efficient transport system for city
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) has launched a study titled 'Strategic Transport Plan' to evolve an efficient transport system for the city and its surrounding areas .
 arrow Bus crushes youth to death in Motijheel
A passenger bus crushed a youth to death at Motijheel yesterday.

Jahangir Alam Babu, 20, while crossing the road was run over by a Dhupkhola - Mohammadpur route bus at Shapla Chattar at about 1:30pm.

 arrow Pak defence team calls on president
The Pakistan National Defence College (NDC) delegation paid a courtesy call on President and Supreme Commander of the Bangladesh Armed Forces Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
Nationalarrow More areas flooded in Sylhet region
Flash floods inundated more areas in Sylhet, Sumanganj, Moulvibazar districts as the Surma and the Kushiyara rivers continued to rise yesterday.
 arrow Lemon of bnight future
Ibrahim Sarker had planted some lemon saplings in the courtyard out of curiosity and fun. But he could not imagine some day this would earn him fame, fortune and a national award.
 arrow 'Raise India's river inter-link plan at int'l forums'
Speakers at discussion meeting on "Indian Mega River Inter-linking and Bangladesh" called upon the government to raise the issue at international forums and to take steps to mobilise world opinion infavour
 arrow Two JP candidates expelled after clash
Two leaders of Syedpur Jatiya Party (JP- Ershad) have been temporarily expelled from the party for violating party discipline following Friday's brawl between rival groups over campaign for the upcoming
 arrow Diarrhoea: One dies, 653 attacked in Barisal
Diarrohea has claimed one life here during the first week of the current month, according to the Barisal Sadar Hospital resident medical officer (RMO).
 arrow Bus strike in Bhola
Bus service in the district is stopped following Sunday's clashes between transport workers and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists at the Mostafa Kamal bus terminal in the town that left at least
 arrow JCD 'terror' Suhad held again in Barisal
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activist, Ziaul Hassan Suhad, an known to be one of the top terrors in the city and convinced for 108 years under PSA, was arrested by Barisal Kotwali police on Sunday.
 arrow Eyes of 3 outlaws gouged out, mob lynches another
Eyes of three outlaws were gouged out while another was lynched by mob in separate incidents in Khulna and, Bagerhat districts on Saturday

In the first incident, eyes of an outlaw were gouged out by

 arrow 4,000 in Godagari out of voters' list
Nearly 4,000 voters were left out of the final voters' list ahead of Godagari Pourasabha (municipality) polls scheduled to be held on May 10 due to 'irregularities' in the Election Office.
 arrow One killed in clash over paddy harvest in B'baria
One person was Mojid Mia, 28, was killed and 20 others were injured in a clash over of paddy harvest from a khash land (government land) at Khaglia village in Nosirnagar upazila on Sunday.
 arrow 'Declare Rangpur a division'
Brihattaro Rangpur Unnyan Forum, a forum for development of greater Rangpur, observed a four-hour token hunger strike at Payera Square here on Saturday.
 arrow Former ward commissioner sent to jail
Bazlul Huq Chistry Koyesh, a former ward commissioner in Barisal city , was sent to jail when he surrendered before the Speedy Trial Tribunal (STT) on Sunday.
 arrow BNP-Jubo League clash in Rajshahi: five hurt
Five Jubo League leaders and workers were severely injured in an armed attack by BNP hoodlums' in the city on Sunday.
 arrow Agitation in Bhola for dam rebuilding
Several thousand erosion affected people of Ilisha and Kachia unions held a rally and brought out a procession in the town on Friday for protection of their areas from erosion by the Meghna.
 arrow Brutal!
Criminals threw acid on a three-year-old child at Krisnawpur village in Bargaon union of Sonaimuri thana on Saturday.
 arrow Highway robbery at Dumuria
Highwaymen looted belongings of passengers of transport vehicles at arms point for three and a half hours at Dumuria on Saturday night.
 arrow Two drown
Two persons drowned in ferry capsize in the Madhumati at Basuria in Tungipara upazila on Sunday.
Point-Counterpointarrow The largest democracy goes to polls
India goes to fresh parlia-mentary polls staggered over five phases from April 20 in the largest democratic exercise in the world in which 675 million people are expected to cast votes.
 arrow Bofors backfires, yatra fizzles
As India gets ready for the hustings, the Congress, with its allies, is edging up against the National Democratic Alliance.
Culturearrow Remembering Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra
Odissi is recognised today as one of the classical dance forms of India. However, Odissi, as it is known today, is not precisely an extant ancient form of dance.
 arrow Bangladesh premiere of documentary about Ahmadiyya Muslims
Muslims or Heretics?' a documentary about persecution of Ahmadiyya Muslims, was screened at Goethe Institute on Thursday, April 15.
 arrow Tapur Tupur brings folklore to life
Tapur Tupur Entertainment marked the first day of the Bangla calendar year 1411 with a day-long programme at Public Library, Shawakat Osman Memorial Auditorium, says a press release.
Generalarrow 'Post-independence history has fallen victim to divisive politics'
Post-independence history has fallen victim to divisive and conflicting politics, speakers said at a publication ceremony of a book yesterday.
 arrow Non-govt teachers threaten movement
Leaders of Teachers-Employees Unity Council at a press conference yesterday urged the government to pay 100 per cent salary benefits to non-government teachers and employees to remove discrimination.
 arrow Relations with UK excellent: Hasina
Outgoing British High Commi-ssioner in Dhaka Dr. David Carter yesterday made a farewell call on Awami League president and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence.
 arrow Six abducted girls return to their guardians
A magistrate's court here yesterday handed over the rescued six girls, who were abducted from Narayanganj on Saturday, to Siddhirganj Thana Police and their guardians.
 arrow Ultimatum to arrest JCD activists
Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) and the Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh have given the police an ultimatum to arrest those involved in Friday's attack on two newsmen by the JCD activists by today.
 arrow Jamaat distorts Islam under govt patronage: Islamic Front
Leaders of the Islamic Front of Bangladesh yesterday strongly criticised the government for failing to ensure safety of the people, check price hike and curb corruption.
 arrow Yussuf Abdullah Harun gets bail
A Comilla court yesterday granted bail to leading businessman Yussuf Abdullah Harun in an attempted murder case against him.
 arrow Padatik offers new membership
The Padatik Natya Sangsad, a theatre group, has started offering new membership, says a press release.

Application forms are available at its office at 6 Lake Circus, Kalabagan from 10.00am to 7.

 arrow Faridabad Kalyan Samity reunion
Faridabad Lane Kalyan Samity organised a discussion and reunion at the Faridabad High School ground in the city on Friday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow India deploys thousands of cops for election
Tens of thousands of paramilitary troops have been deployed in some of India's deadliest troublespots on the eve of national elections amid security fears heightened by attempts on the lives of two politicians,
 arrow Poll predicts clean sweep for BJP in riot-hit Gujarat
Ahead of today's parliamentary elections in India's communally-sensitive state of Gujarat, most of the opinion polls have predicted a virtual clean sweep for ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
 arrow Srebrenica massacre was genocide
The UN war crimes court ruled that the 1995 Srebrenica massacre was genocide, a historic decision that could determine the fate of others on trial including former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.
 arrow Doubts mount over US power transfer in June
Doubts over US plans to transfer sovereignty to an interim government in Iraq on June 30 mounted yesterday after the chief US administrator, Paul Bremer, warned that US-trained Iraqi forces were not on
 arrow Kim holds secret talks in China
North Korea's reclusive leader Kim Jong-il held a closed-door summit meeting with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao on the nuclear standoff and other pending issues yesterday, according to press reports
 arrow US braces for pre-polls terrorist strikes
The US government is taking "very seriously" the possibility that extremists could attempt new attacks on US soil in the hope of influencing the outcome of the November presidential election, a top White
Editorialarrow Editorial: We oppose tele-tapping
No one would deny that the deteriorating law and order situation has become a serious problem for the country.
 arrow Editorial: Killing of Rantissi
The assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantissi, less than a month after Sheikh Ahmed Yassin was killed in a similar fashion, has caused outrage among all the people in the world who want to see
 arrow Complex turn in Arab-Israeli conflicts
The assassination of Abdul Aziz Rantissi, successor to the assassinated spiritual leader and founder of Hamas, Shaikh Ahmad Yassin, on 17 April, rendered the perennially complex Middle East situationeven
 arrow 'What is good for the poor is good for everybody'
The given title is from an essay published in the Economist of London during the US invasion of Afghanistan. Professor J.
Letters to Editorarrow Strengthen the coast guard
In view of the huge seizure of arms at Chittagong port, it is imperative to review the strength and performance of the newly established Coast Guard network in Bangladesh.
 arrow BTV World
The entrance of BTV World into the world wide satellite channels crossing its national boundary is no doubt a milestone. It is better late than never.
 arrow Dhanmondi Lake
Lakes and parks are the only serene areas left for the city dwellers. People from all walks of life come here in order to breathe in the open air. They want to get rid of the tension of chaotic city life.
 arrow 'Bush Fire'
The 'Bush Fire' that was ignited by the controversial US presidential election, 2000, in Florida spread to Afghanistan in 2001, turned wild in Iraq in 2002 and has now engulfed the whole world.
 arrow Coaching centres
Coaching centre is a private school or college that is governed by private authorities. There are many coaching centres in our country.