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Front Pagearrow 'Mass arrests' needed to foil conspiracy: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday defended the step of ongoing 'mass arrests', terming it a necessary measure to foil a conspiracy to unseat her elected government.
 arrow AL MPs defy cop barricade, submit demand to Sircar
Main opposition Awami League (AL) lawmakers yesterday handed a five-point charter of demands, including immediate resignation of the government, over to Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar after they marched to
 arrow No bail for detainees before April 30
Over 2,500 people were detained across the country yesterday as law-enforcers continued their arresting spree following government directives to intensify the ongoing police drive against Awami League
 arrow Speaker's ruling catches treasury bench off-guard
Speaker Jamir Uddin Sircar yesterday issued a ruling to the state minister for home to look into the deteriorating law and order, a move that drew immediate flak from the treasury bench.
 arrow Siamese twins separated
Surgeons at the city's Islamic Bank Hospital (IBH) yesterday successfully separated a pair of Siamese twins from Pabna.

The female twins, Halima and Maria, are the third to be separated in Bangladesh.

 arrow Human-to-human Nipah spread not ruled out
Experts are yet not sure enough to rule out the likelihood of human to human transmission of Nipah virus, which until March this year has killed 24 people in Faridpur.
 arrow IMF's anti-poverty loan review begins today
An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission begins a 12-day consultation with the government today to determine whether Bangladesh will get the third instalment of the anti-poverty loan.
 arrow Kidnapping fear stalks Kushtia
At least 13 teenagers have been abducted in the district since January 1.
 arrow Helpless tears
Saleha's teenage son Alauddin was picked up by police from Shahidnagar in Mohammadpur on his way to work in a factory yesterday morning.
 arrow Violence fear hangs over today's Indian polls
A shadow of violence hangs over today's Indian election, which will also take place in Srinagar, summer capital of disputed Jammu and Kashmir state and the centre of a 15-year insurgency against the Indian
 arrow Vigilantes murder 8 Khulna 'outlaws'
An angry mob at Krishnanagar village under Sadar Police Station of Faridpur district lynched eight alleged members of an outlawed outfit early yesterday.
 arrow BNP cancels rallies at high command's order
Instructed by the party high command, the city unit of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday cancelled the rallies and processions scheduled to be held at different venues across the city.
 arrow Huda faces CNG flak at BNPPP meet
Angry protests by junior lawmakers stopped Communications Minister Nazmul Huda from defending his position on import and distribution of CNG-run auto-rickshaws at a BNP parliamentary party meeting yesterday.
 arrow SB directs police to report on AL arrests
A Special Branch (SB) police circular Saturday directed police to report twice a day on the arrest of the activists of the Awami League and its front organisations.
 arrow Govt criticises language of Danish press release
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday expressed its "indignation" at the language and contents of a press release issued by the Royal Danish Embassy in Dhaka.
 arrow Hasina asks govt to quit office, hold snap polls
Awami League President and Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her demand for resignation of the government and mid-term polls and cautioned the BNP-led alliance against
 arrow Rejoinder
The Dhaka University authorities protested against a part of the news item published in The Daily Star on April 24 under the headline 'DU appoints 12 teachers against 8 posts'.
 arrow Fresh inquiry confirms graft by DFP DG
A new investigation has found the director general (DG) of Department of Films and Publications (DFP), Ministry of Information, guilty of massive corruption and misconduct.
 arrow 4 children killed in US gunfire
Four schoolchildren were killed by gunfire in Baghdad, shortly after a roadside bomb ripped through a US military vehicle, witnesses say.
 arrow Cloud overshadows healthy economic situation: Lummaux
A European envoy yesterday feared that a patch of cloud was appearing to overshadow Bangladesh's economic situation, which looks very encouraging these days.

"The situation is very encouraging.

 arrow VC, pro-VC sued
Seventy-four Rajshahi University (RU) officials, including the vice-chancellor and pro-VC, were sued yesterday following the 'controversial appointments' of 544 third and fourth class employees.
 arrow Ctg AL starts collection of no-trust signatures
Chittagong Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury yesterday launched a three-day signature collection drive from Monsurabad to mobilise support of at least 25 lakh people for Awami League's no-confidence moveagainst
 arrow Constitution amendment bill withdrawn
The 14th Constitution Amendment Bill placed on March 17 in parliament to introduce 45 reserved seats for women in parliament was withdrawn yesterday.
 arrow Body of Rabbani arrives
The body of commodore (Retd) Golam Rabbani, who died at a Bangkok hospital Saturday, arrived in the capital yesterday by a Thai Airways flight.
 arrow EU to step up net safety for kids
European Union communications ministers have unveiled a 50 million euro (34 million pound) plan to make the Internet safer for children.
 arrow Sonargaon UP polls marred by false voting
Election of Sadipur Union Parishad under Sonargaon upazila yesterday came to a halt as the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) activists working for the chairman candidate Abu Taher allegedly stormed into
 arrow Strike at 8 state-owned jute mills observed
Production was suspended at eight state-owned jute mills in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt yesterday as workers went on a 24-hour strike to press home an 11-point demand.
Businessarrow IMF suggests code of conduct for NBR staff
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has recommended a code of conduct and increased salary for the staff of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) to curb corruption in the tax administration.
 arrow First-ever alternative dispute resolution council soon
The country's first-ever alternative dispute resolution (ADR) council for commercial cases will start functioning soon.
 arrow Phuket airline resumes operation from May 20
Phuket Air, a Thailand airline, is going to resume its operation in Chittagong from May 20 after an interval of 10 months.

With the operation, Chittagong airport's international activity will restart.

 arrow SEC agrees to widen circuit breaker on A, B category shares
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has agreed in principle to widen the price limits in present circuit breaker on A and B category shares.
 arrow ICAB for raising income tax exemption limit
Chartered accountants have urged the government to raise the individual income tax exemption limit to Tk 120,000 from existing Tk 90,000.
 arrow EU enlargement won't harm trade interest of Bangladesh, other LDCs
Enlargement of the 15-member European Union to 25 with the accession of 10 new members, mostly former communist countries, on May 1 will not harm the development and trade interest of Bangladesh and other
 arrow National Housing signs MoU with Equity Property
National Housing Finance and Investments Limited, a leading financial institution operating home mortgage loan , and Equity Property Management Ltd, a Chittagong-based developer, have signed a memorandum
 arrow Iraq restarts oil export from Basra
Iraq restarted oil exports from the Basra Oil Terminal Sunday, hours after suicide bombers launched three boat attacks that shut down the vital oil export facility, a top Iraqi official said.
 arrow Demonstrators want WB, IMF to globalise justice, not capitalism
Demonstrators took to the streets of Washington Saturday to wish the World Bank and International Monetary Fund an "unhappy birthday" and demand that the two bodies, marking their 60th anniversary here
Sportsarrow Cricket: Left-arm spinners spit venom
There was a debate when left-arm spinners hogged the spotlight in the West Indies-bound squad a week ago.
 arrow Cricket: Zim hit rock bottom
Sri Lanka skittled Zimbabwe for a world record low of 35 before clinching the series with a nine-wicket victory in the third one-day international on Sunday.
 arrow BOA's no to Jui, Surjo
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) has ignored Bangladesh Amateur Athletics Federation (BAAF)'s request for taking Fouzia Huda Jui and Afzal Hossain Surjo to the Athens Olympic Games.
 arrow Cricket: Rahul rues declaration
Rahul Dravid insisted that there were no problems with Sachin Tendulkar over the controversial decision that left him stranded on 194 in Multan, but admitted that it was a decision that he regrets inretrospect.
 arrow Cricket: Gough's eyes on 2007 World Cup
England fast bowler Darren Gough has set his sights on spearheading his country's attack at the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd ODI rained off
Rain forced the abandonment of the second one-day match between West Indies and England after 16 overs on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters hits form
World number two Kim Clijsters made a winning return for Belgium in the Fed Cup against Croatia though both Japan and Australia had trouble, dropping 2-0 behind in their away matches.
 arrow Hockey: Aussies 4-nations champs
Australia won the men's field hockey Four-Nations Challenge here Sunday with a 7-1 win over Malaysia, repeating its win in the Four-Nations Challenge in Canberra last week against the same teams.
 arrow Football: Eves' soccer on the comeback
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) once had to abandon a women's football series in the country involving local teams and a touring Indian side last year after attacks by fundamentalists.
 arrow Football: Nat'l football qualifiers from May 4
The qualifying rounds of the Sher-e-Bangla National Football Championship have been deferred by a week due to the political unrest.
 arrow Cricket: U-17 Dev cricket begins today
The second phase of the Under-17 Development Cricket Tournament begins today at two different venues.

Six divisional teams along with Dhaka Metro Green and Blues will take part in the competition.

 arrow Volleyball: First Division v'ball starts
Dhaka Sabuj Club got off to a fine start in the National Bank First Division Volleyball League when they blanked DU'67 Club 25-19, 25-19 and 25-14 in the inaugural match at the Volleyball Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 3rd ODI delayed
The third one-day international between West Indies and England will not begin before 1545 GMT due to a soaked outfield at the Queen's Park Oval on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Friends
Friends Club recorded a massive eight-wicket victory over Satabdi Gosthi in the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League at the MA Aziz Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow BBC pool, snooker
The Bangladesh Billiard Club (BBC) pool and snooker competition was held at the club's premises in the port city on Friday.
 arrow Remembering Senna
Gerhard Berger completed an emotional three laps of the Imola circuit here on Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger.
 arrow Football: Fourth place battle heats up
Gerard Houllier conceded Liverpool's place in next season's Champions League was far from secure despite his side's 1-0 win at Manchester United.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo may sign Tuesday
Bolton Wanderers hope Brazil's Rivaldo will accept by Tuesday to join them in the English premier league, the club's manager Sam Allardyce said.
 arrow Football: Deportivo's costly draw
Champions League semi-finalists Deportivo La Coruna drew 1-1 at Malaga on Saturday, a result that did nobody any favours despite an entertaining game.
 arrow Football: Long road ahead
Diego Maradona, who has been in intensive care for six days with heart problems and pneumonia, was stable on Saturday and progress is likely to be "slow and laborious," a hospital statement said.
 arrow Football: Leverkusen on Euro trail
Bayer Leverkusen remain in the hunt for a Champions League spot after an impressive 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at the BayArena on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Old Trafford breached
Tight security at a Manchester United Premiership match against Liverpool was breached by undercover reporters, exposing the potential for a terrorist attack, British Sunday newspapers reported.
Metropolitanarrow No Malaysian request to withdraw from race: FM
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday expressed optimism of winning the coveted post of OIC Secretary General.
 arrow Intensify oustgovt movement: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina has called upon the people to intensify the movement for unseating the government.
 arrow Dhaka disappointed at rejection of UN plan
Bangladesh has expressed deep disappointment at the rejection of the UN plan for the reunification of Cyprus by one community in Cyprus.
 arrow One shot dead in Chittagong
A gang of robbers shot one dead and injured two others at Chandanaish upazila in the district in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Eyes of criminal gouged out in Narayanganj
A group of hoodlums gouged out eyes of a person after kidnapping him from the Bandar area on Saturday.

The victim was identified as Shamim, 28.

 arrow BCU founding anniversary today
The 52nd founding anniversary of Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) will be observed today.
 arrow FNB executives
Abdul Muyeed Chowdhury, executive director of Brac, has been elected chair of the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) unopposed, says a press release.
 arrow Dr Mahmudur Rahman new PSC member
Professor Dr Mahmudur Rahman, director of National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine (Nipsom), has been appointed a member of the Public Service Commission (PSC) recently, says a press release.
Nationalarrow A great success in safe motherhood
There was no death of baby or mother during childbirth, pre-natal and post-natal periods at Syedpur municipality last year for lack of treatment.
 arrow Town’s lone outlet gobbled up
The Shyma Sundari canal running through the town has largely been gobbled up by land grabbers, disrupting sewerage and drainage systems.
 arrow Mindless arrests in Barisal before Apr 30
A total of 274 people were arrested in six districts of the southern region in three days.

Three meritorious students of Barisal Zila School were not spared.

 arrow Extortionists stop DANIDA road project in Patuakhali
Toll collectors stopped construction of a DANIDA-assisted road in Dashmina upazila as the construction firm did not pay Tk five lakh toll.
 arrow 80,000 acres of Boro land under water in Kishoreganj
Netrakona: IRRI-Boro paddy on about 80,000 acres of land have gone under water in five upazilas of Kishoreganj district.
 arrow Victory Pillar opened at Gaibandha
State Minister for Cultural Affairs Begum Salima Rahman on Saturday inaugurated the Victory Pillar at Gaibandha public library ground, built after 33 years of independent.
 arrow BNP factions clash: 20 hurt in Kushtia
At least 20 persons were injured in clash between two factions of the ruling BNP in Daulatpur upazila on


 arrow Outlaw slaughtered by rivals
An outlawed party cadre was slaughtered by 'rivals' in front of family members at Charpara village of Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga district on Saturday, according to police.
 arrow Modern slaughterhouse in Thakurgaon
A modern slaughterhouse will be formally opened in Thakurgaon in May this year.
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Let the politicians talk to one another ... in the national interest'
After four and a half years, as British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Dr. David Carter finally bid a fond farewell to us last week.
 arrow Dhaka: A growing metropolis or a choking hell?
Humanity is at war right now and it is not too draconian to call it a war for survival. It is a war in which all nations must be allies.
Culturearrow Earth Day celebrations at IUB
Earth Day, on April 22, was first observed in San Francisco in 1970.
 arrow Voice of Woody Woodpecker dies
Harry Babbitt, the man who voiced the distinctive laugh of popular cartoon character Woody Woodpecker, died aged 90 in California.
 arrow An evening of Nazrul songs
When veteran Nazrul singer Khalid Hossain and Yasmeen Mushtari rendered the patriotic Nazrul song Khati Shonar Cheye Khati in duet, the audience was spellbound.
Generalarrow Mass arrests, police action protested
Different social, political, professional and human rights organisations yesterday protested mass arrest and attack by police on rallies of the opposition parties.
 arrow JICA to expand activities
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in principle has decided to expand its activities here with special emphasis on community development and capacity building at local levels.
 arrow Marma, Didar joint champion
Defending Champion Marma Singha Tripura, 26, shared the title with the defending runner-up Didarul Alam Didar, 26, in an exciting final bout of Abdul Jabbar Memorial Wrestling Competition, locally known
 arrow Shafik Rehman elected president
Shafik Rehman, editor of the Jai Jai Din, and Mahfuz Anam, editor of The Daily Star, have been unanimously elected president and secretary of the Commonwealth Press Union (CPU), Bangladesh chapter, for
 arrow London Metro Varsity opens office in city
London Metropolitan University opened its Liaison Office in Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city on April 24, says a press release.
 arrow Sarojini Naidu Council team meets president
A delegation of Poet Sarojini Naidu National Memorial Council called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban here yesterday.
 arrow Discussion on new year
The managing committee of the Sri Sri Gouranga Mahaprabhu Zew Bigrha Mandir organised a religious discussion in the city's Sutrapur area on Saturday to mark the Pahela Boishakh, the first day of Bangla
 arrow 2998 more held
Police arrested 2,998 people, including three listed criminals during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours ending at 6am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Focus on Muslim voters
When India goes to the polls today in the third round of general elections, the focus will be on the key ballots of Muslim voters, analysts say.
 arrow Cool Vajpayee admits polls no cakewalk
Exit polls are indicating a slide in the NDA's number of seats, but Prime Minister Vajpayee is not worried.
 arrow Kashmir roadmap ready: Kasuri
India and Pakistan have finalised the roadmap on Kashmir and significant headway was expected on the issue during talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries scheduled for July and August,
 arrow Red Cross seeks more information
The Red Cross said yesterday it urgently needed more information to help the victims of a railway explosion in North Korea, which killed over 161 people and destroyed thousands of buildings.
 arrow Fallujah truce extended indefinitely: Mediator
A new agreement between officials in Fallujah and the US-led coalition was reached to extend the ceasefire "indefinitely" in the besieged Sunni flashpoint and enforce a ban on carrying arms, a mediator
 arrow Chandrika urges Norway to revive talks with Tigers
Sri Lanka's president has asked Norway to revive peace efforts with Tamil rebels marking a policy shift aimed at securing support for her shaky government, an analyst said yesterday.
 arrow Pak amnesty to al-Qaeda supporters shows weakness: Analysts
Pakistan's offer of an amnesty to five tribal rebels accused of sheltering al-Qaeda fighters near the Afghan border shows how little control the government has over remote tribal strongholds, analysts
 arrow Israel may expel Arafat to Gaza
Israel backed off its latest threat against Yasser Arafat yesterday, saying no action was imminent but that the Palestinian president could eventually be expelled to the Gaza Strip.
 arrow Plan to reunify Cyprus defeated in referendum
A UN plan to reunify the war-divided island of Cyprus collapsed Saturday despite American and European support when Greek Cypriots rejected the proposal in one referendum and Turkish Cypriots endorsed
 arrow 10 killed as gangs clash in Maluku
Muslim and Christian gangs fought running battles in Indonesia's Maluku islands yesterday, leaving at least 10 people dead, including two youths who were hacked to death by sword-wielding men, witnesses
 arrow China reports 4 new suspected Sars cases
China reported four new suspected cases of Sars in the capital yesterday, days after the confirmation of two cases linked to a Beijing research lab.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Heading towards a deeper conflict
No sooner had we editorially appreciated the opposition's refraining from hartal call immediately following the government's strong-arm handling of the Hawa Bhaban siege programme than came the anti-climax.
 arrow Editorial: Bangabandhu Murder Case
We look with trepidation at the prospect that the process of final adjudication of the Bangabandhu Murder Case might be further delayed.
 arrow Chittagong arms seizure
Several weeks have gone by since the largest arms heist in our history was apprehended in Chittagong. The government has instituted a committee to inquire into the episode.
 arrow The US confronting 'Mogadishu syndrome' in Iraq?
As the resistance to occupation forces in Iraq stiffens, anti-American wave touches a new height and the death tolls on either side rises the recent Bush-Blair parley in Washington declares that there
 arrow Iraq: What is the US up to
Things seem inexplicable. The Americans say they want to transfer power on June 30 next. Fine.
Letters to Editorarrow The biggest party
I am writing in response to Mr. Mahasen's letter to the editor on April 22, 2004. The kind of logical deduction that Mr.
 arrow TIME report
I was upset by Mr. Agarwalla's letter (DS April 23) criticising those who opposed the TIME report. Mr. Agarwalla backed the TIME report by Bangladesh newspaper coverage of murders, etc.
 arrow US soldiers
Imagine US soldiers being held in cages in Guantanamo(!) chained, denied all human rights and contact with family, given no access to outside world.
 arrow Political cricket!
When the police, who overwhelmingly outnumbered the AL activists, repressed them during the siege to the Hawa Bhaban, the leaders of the BNP Young Turks were seen playing cricket.
 arrow US presidential elections
I am referring to 'Re-election'-obsessed President Bush is not interested in justice' Written by Mr. Fakhruddin Ahmed (Post editorial dated April 22, 2004).
 arrow Reception and school girls
It has become customary to take the girl students of schools to accord reception to political leaders or foreign dignitaries.
 arrow Removal of judge
This is in reference to removal of High Court Additional Judge Shahidur Rahman from office. I would like to congratulate the government for taking such a bold step.
 arrow DU: lost glory
Once it was known as the Oxford of the East, but now the fame is reduced to what cannot be called fame any longer.
 arrow Make him listen
Winning the election is the only thing that matters to Mr. Bush currently. That is why he has bent over for Sharon and handed out Palestinian land to Israeli terrorists.
 arrow Diplomatic fiasco
The formal inauguration of the trade centre of Taiwan in Dhaka has been cancelled. Bangladesh is under diplomatic pressure from China. Bangladesh and China want to perpetuate bilateral relationship.
 arrow Corrupt judges
It seems the handful of options that we, the poor common people, had are also disappearing. First, the BCS examinations under the PSC and now the High Court.
 arrow AL plan
The Awami League (AL) is desperately trying to return to power by hook or by crook. It is planning to overthrow the elected government by 30th April, 2004.
Star Cityarrow Waterlogging to hit a new high this monsoon
Waterlogging will hit a new high in Dhaka this monsoon, as box culverts and sewers of Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) have remained unclean, urban experts warned.
 arrow Substandard CNG conversion stations mushrooming
Lax government monitoring has given rise to substandard CNG conversion stations in Dhaka.
 arrow Buses use colony space as illegal parking lot
Bus companies ATCL and Sino-Dipon use the open spaces of Asad Gate New Colony and Tajmahal Road in Mohammadpur for illegal parking, but the National Housing Authority (NHA) that controls the colony appears
 arrow Use of crests, medals gaining popularity
Metallic work industries are rapidly booming and about 250 such cottage and small industries have provided employment for around 2,000 people, says the owner of one such industry.
 arrow Delicious summer fruits still dear
Summer fruits have started arriving in the city markets but their supply is not sufficient and prices are beyond reach of the common people.