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Front Pagearrow AL lawmaker gunned down at rally
Assailants gunned down Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master and a schoolboy and critically injured another five in a burst of gunfire at a conference in Tongi yesterday, sparking widespread outrage
 arrow Tongi lurches into virtual battlefield, two killed
Tongi exploded into outrage at the killing of Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master yesterday, setting off a series of violent incidents that left two youths dead and a trail of destruction in their
 arrow AL calls hartal for tomorrow, blames govt for killing
The main opposition Awami League (AL) has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal tomorrow to protest the killing of Ahsanullah Master, a party lawmaker from Gazipur-2 constituency.
 arrow BDF meet opens today
A three-day Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meeting opens in Dhaka today to review the pledges the government made at the past two BDF meets.
 arrow Few metres from death
It was just 12:25pm.

The call to prayer wafted from the nearby mosque as Awami League leader Ahsanullah Master, MP, stood up to leave the dais set for the council of ward No.

 arrow Anti-graft body to function in a month: Saifur
The Anti-Corruption Commission will start functioning within a month, said Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday.
 arrow Rumsfeld apologises for Iraq prison abuse
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld took responsibility yesterday for the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by U.S.
 arrow Outlaws slaughter two Bangla Bhai's men in Naogaon
Underground operatives slaughtered two people belonging to Jagrota Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) in a Naogaon village in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Karachi mosque blast kills 14
A suspected suicide bomber blew up a crowded Shi'ite mosque in Karachi, yesterday, killing at least 14 people and wounding more than 90, police and officials said.
 arrow Mobile operators still charge old rates
Although the recently reduced rates for long distance calls from fixed phones should be equally applicable to mobile phones, cell phone operators have decided to continue charging the old rates till May
 arrow Monday's vote to be toughest for BJP
Leaders of India's ruling Hindu nationalist-led alliance, worried it may not get a majority in parliament, fanned out yesterday to win last-minute support ahead of the final and toughest round of a mammoth
 arrow Two alleged smugglers shot dead by BSF
Two alleged smugglers were gunned down by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) on Benapole border Thursday night.
 arrow Young man, boy murdered
Unidentified assailants gunned down a member of a local anticrime committee at Mirpur and knifed a teenage boy to death at Gandaria yesterday.
 arrow Tagore's birth anniversary today
Today is the 143rd birth anniversary of Nobel laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore.
 arrow Political parties, labour bodies condemn killing
Political parties and labour organisations yesterday condemned the murder of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsan Ullah Master who was gunned down at a rally in Tongi along with at least two others, and demanded
 arrow PCJSS enforces hartal in CHT today
Parbatya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) enforces a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the three hill districts today to press home their four-point demand.
 arrow 2 PBCP outlaws lynched
A mob lynched two outlaws of the Purbo Banglar Communist Party's (PBCP) Janajuddha faction at around 12 midnight Thursday at Koyabazar in Batiaghata.
 arrow Unidentified people take a schoolboy...

 arrow B Chy expects BNP lawmakers to join his party
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury has predicted that incumbent and former lawmakers from ruling BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) and other parties would join his new party Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh
 arrow Nepali PM resigns to defuse political crisis
Nepal's embattled Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa announced yesterday he had resigned in "the interests of the nation" to try to defuse a mounting crisis over the country's political future.
 arrow CID raid on to nab suspects
CID police raided different areas in the city Thursday night to nab the prime suspects, including Hafizur Rahman, in the largest ever arms haul case but returned empty-handed.
 arrow Gunmen kill two foreign journalists in Iraq
One of Poland's star television reporters, Waldemar Milewicz, and his Algerian picture editor, Mounir Bouamrane, were killed yesterday in Iraq in a drive-by shooting, their employer announced.
 arrow Cop charged with rape suspended
Sub-inspector (SI) Naru Gopal Saha of Sonadanga Police Station has been suspended on charge of raping a newly married girl on Wednesday night.
 arrow Bin Laden offers gold for killing of US, UN officials
An audio recording attributed to Osama bin Laden offered rewards in gold Thursday for the killing of top US and UN officials in Iraq or of the citizens of any nation fighting there.
Businessarrow Don't accept conditional aid
As donors meet with the government today to make commitment on aid for next fiscal, a platform of development and research organisations yesterday urged the government not to accept any assistance that
 arrow Donors for users-sponsored fund for road maintenance
Donors have proposed setting up of a road fund financed by users only for timely maintenance of roads.
 arrow BoI online tracking system launched
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has inaugurated Board of Investment (BoI) online tracking system that enables investors from home and abroad to track their respective files and applications under processing.
 arrow World Fair Trade Day today
High-income countries receive 80 cents of each US dollar generated in the global economy as against just 3 cents by low-income countries with the most extreme concentration of poverty.
 arrow Donors pledge support to Nepal anti-poverty plan
International donors have pledged to support aid-dependent Nepal but urged the government to restore democracy, end a Maoist revolt and improve human rights.
 arrow Enlarged EU opens 1st intíl meet in Botswana
A bigger 25-nation European Union on Thursday made its first international foray by opening a meeting with the 79-member African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) club of developing and poor countries.
 arrow Uttara Finance approves 25pc cash dividend
Uttara Finance and Investments Limited has approved a 25 percent cash dividend for the year 2003.
 arrow Mutual Trust Bank okays 20pc dividend
Mutual Trust Bank Limited has approved a 20 percent dividend in the form of bonus share for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Brac takes part at Dubai agri show
Brac, a leading exporter of fresh fruits, vegetables and potatoes, took part at the Dubai's largest agricultural show held from April 26 to 29.
 arrow Dipon Transport to buy 40 CNG-run buses
Dipon CNG Transport Services Limited will procure 40 CNG-run buses from China.

To this effect the company signed a lease finance facility agreement for an amount of Tk 64.

 arrow Production of Ctg Urea Fertilizer resumes
Production of the Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Ltd resumed at 10am yesterday after 40 hours of suspension.
 arrow High oil prices threat for US, global economic growth
US Treasury Secretary John Snow said Thursday high oil prices were "not helpful" for US and global economic growth, and said a reduction in output by OPEC oil producers would be worrisome.
 arrow Two Indian drug majors acquire US, German cos
Two leading Indian pharmaceutical players, Dr Reddy's and Wockhardt, have acquired overseas drug companies, the latest domestic firms in the sector to seek to expand their international presence.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
May 01-May 06, 2004

Local FX Market
The local interbank market was closed half of this week due to government holidays.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Confidence is the key
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore never gives much away when he speaks about his players, the team and the likely composition.
 arrow Cricket: Time to tango
Many eyebrows were raised after selectors named a third left-arm spinner in Abdur Razzak for the pace-friendly West Indies tour but there was little surprise with greenhorn Faisal Hossain's inclusionin
 arrow Cricket: MILESTONE WATCH
Reaching a milestone in cricket is always considered something special for any player.
 arrow Cricket: Taking it lightly
Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was unfazed after equalling the world Test wicket record of 519 during the first Test against Zimbabwe, telling a local newspaper on Friday it was all ina
 arrow Football: Three teams in zonal finals
Chittagong, Sirajganj and Bang-ladesh Army moved into the zonal finals of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Cham-pionship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Human error killed him
Bad weather and human error caused the small airplane crash that killed former South African cricket captain Hansie Cronje, South Africa's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has said.
 arrow Cricket: Acme win big
A 140-run partnership for the third wicket between Nahi-dul Haque and Nasiruddin Faruq guided Acme Laboratories to a convincing 74-run win over Gazi Tank in the Plate competition of the GrameenPhone Corporate
 arrow Football: Probe report due May 12
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) secretary general Zafar Imam is expected to be the last individual to be interviewed by the probe committee investigating the national football team's 9th SAF Games
 arrow Football: More than a game
Of the two outstanding issues left to be decided in the English Premiership season, only one can be resolved this weekend.
 arrow Football: Title almost theirs
League leaders Valencia could clinch their second Spanish title in three years if results go their way this weekend.
 arrow Maradona on the mend again
Diego Maradona, whose disregard for his doctors' advice landed him in hospital for a second time, began to respond to treatment for his heart and lung problems.
 arrow Football: Marseille meet Valencia in final
Newcastle United's UEFA Cup dreams were shot down by Marseille striker Didier Drogba here on Thursday as the French side booked a place in the final with a well-deserved 2-0 win.
 arrow Cricket: Wins for BU, Rising Star
Brothers Union and Rising Star Club won their respective matches in the super-six round of the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League at different venues in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Ranatunga made minister
Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga Friday mended fences with President Chandrika Kumaratunga and was sworn in as deputy minister of industries, tourism and investment promotion.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi consolidate
Dhaka Metro Green's Suhrawardi grabbed six wickets in the Under-17 Development Cricket Tourna-ment final but their opponents Rajshahi still managed to pile a mammoth 300 in their first innings on thefirst
 arrow Grover steals spotlight
An eight-year old Indian player took the spotlight when the 7th United Insurance and United Leasing International Masters Chess Tournament began yesterday at the National Sports Council conference room.
Nationalarrow A great job done voluntarily
The villagers joined hands and did it voluntarily after repeated appeals for reconstruction of a road fell on the deaf ears of the authorities.

The 1.

 arrow 50 patients leave BSMCH as interns continue strike
At least 50 patients left Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital till yesterday as treatment facilities collapsed since the interns went on strike Tuesday evening.
 arrow 'RU mass appointment violates University Act, UGC embargo'
The 'Save Rajshahi University Movement', a newly formed body comprising leaders of political parties and socio-cultural organisations, have demanded cancellation of the recent controversial appointment
 arrow Abducted child rescued after paying Tk 1.5 lakh
Two year-old Abdullah al Hassan Prince, abducted from Rajapur upazila in Jhalakati district Thursday morning, was rescued in Barisal in the afternoon after payment of Tk 1.5 lakh ransom.
 arrow 50 hurt in Kushtia clashes
At least 50 persons were injured in two separate clashes in Sadar and Daulatpur upazilas on Thursday.
 arrow PBCP claims responsibility
The Janajuddha faction of outlawed Purba Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-ML) has claimed responsibility for the murder of Satkhira district BNP vice-president and Tala thana BNP president ABM Altaf Hossain.
 arrow Police-worker clash in Khulna jute mill : 10 hurt
Ten workers were injured in a clash with police in the state-owned People's Jute Mills at Khalishpur on Wednesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Understanding Corruption from a global perspective
In the present-day world, corruption has received widespread attention in the development discourse both at national and international levels.
Culturearrow Rabindranath-timeless echoes
Standing at the foot of the snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, Rabi felt an overpowering sense of freedom.
 arrow The mystery and magic of Tagore's paintings and sketches
Rokeya Sultana, the well-known painter and professor of fine arts, recently spoke to The Daily Star about the unique features of Tagore's paintings and sketches and how one can distinguish them from
 arrow A glimpse of Shantiniketan through the eyes of its students
Shantiniketan, the internationally acclaimed university founded by the Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore, is an artistic creation of Tagore at par with his music, literature and paintings.
 arrow In My Sky At Twilight
English translation of Tagore's Tumi Sandhyar Meghamala by Pablo Neruda, Chilean Nobel Prize winner poet

In my sky at twilight you are like a cloud
and your form and colour are the

 arrow Chinnapatra: a unique collection
Chinnapatra is a wonderful prose poem, a collection of letters that Rabindranath wrote between 1889 to 1895 to his niece Indira Devi.
Generalarrow 'Conduct studies to assess impact on Bangladesh'
Water experts at a roundtable yesterday urged the government to conduct studies immediately to assess the impact of the Indian river-linking project on Bangladesh.
 arrow Mathematics Olympiad held in Khulna
The Dutch-Bangla Bank-Prothom Alo Mathematics Olympiad of Khulna division was held at Khulna Zilla School yesterday.
 arrow Govt criticised for delay in forming anti-corruption commission
National Platform for Unity (NPU) President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday criticised the government for its dilly-dallying tactics on the formation of an independent anti-corruption commission.
 arrow CUET teachers demand appointment of vice-chancellor
Teachers of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) yesterday demanded immediate appointment of a vice-chancellor to infuse dynamism into academic and administrative activities of the
 arrow College student dies in Sylhet road accident
Death of a college student in a road accident triggered a violent protest at Tilagarh on Sylhet-Tamabil Highway yesterday.
 arrow Federation of Film Societies executives
The film societies have unanimously elected a 14-member executive committee of Bangladesh Federation of Film Societies (BFFS).
 arrow World Red Crescent Day today
The World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day will be observed today with a call for positive attitude to life and respect for human values.

This year's slogan of the day is 'No discrimination'.

 arrow Torture of Iraqi prisoners condemned
Political leaders and civil society members at a rally here yesterday strongly condemned the abuse of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers and decided to send relief materials for the distressed people
Internationalarrow Fresh Iraq abuse claims rock British army
The British army faced new allegations yesterday of abusing Iraqi prisoners, after a reservist came forward to say that he personally witnessed no less than four brutal beatings.
 arrow Resentment lingers on Iraqi streets over abuse
Anger and resentment lingered on the streets of Baghdad yesterday over the prisoner-abuse scandal, but some Iraqis gave US President George W. Bush credit for his unprecedented apology over the matter.
 arrow US may have tolerated Iraqi prison abuse: Red Cross
A Red Cross report delivered to the United States in February suggested abuse of Iraqi prisoners was widespread and may have been tolerated by the US-led coalition, the Wall Street Journal said yesterday.
 arrow Lebanon border flares up
Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians in the West Bank yesterday, while the northern front witnessed a fresh surge of violence which saw intense clashes with Lebanon's Hezbollah militia.
 arrow BJP steps up attack on Sonia's foreign origin
Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist firebrand who has taken increasing prominence as elections close, Thursday lashed out at Italian-born opposition leader Sonia Gandhi saying she could not lead India.
 arrow UNSC for 'clear signal' on Iraqi power handover
The UN Security Council on Thursday began sketching out a resolution that diplomats said should send a clear signal that Iraq will again be a sovereign nation after the United States hands over poweron
 arrow UNGA backs Palestinian sovereignty
The United States and Israel were again in near isolation at the United Nations on Thursday as the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly endorsed Palestinian sovereignty over land Israel seized in 1967.
 arrow Fire causes massive blasts in Ukraine: 5 killed
At least five people died and nine were injured when a fire caused a series of massive explosions at a huge munitions depot in Ukraine, the country's emergency situations ministry said on Friday, adding
 arrow Tensions rise in Nigeria as clash toll hits 630
Sectarian tensions were on the rise in central Nigeria as a Nigerian Red Cross team confirmed that 630 people had been killed when Christian ethnic militiamen attacked a mainly-Muslim town.
 arrow Cyclonic storm lashes Kerala: 50 missing
At least 50 fishermen are missing in the Arabian Sea and some 2,000 villagers have been made homeless by a powerful cyclonic storm, which lashed the southern Indian state of Kerala, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cabinet reshuffle
There is an element of suddenness, though not of surprise, about the way the government has reshuffled the Cabinet. It is evidently not a shake-up; it's rather cosmetic.
 arrow Editorial: EU Enlargement
Ten countries from Central Europe and the Mediterranean have become members of the European Union, bringing up its number to twenty-five.
 arrow Strengthening the microfinancing mechanism
The recent Conference on microfinance in Dhaka indicated, that for all practical purposes, this process is now part of the main-stream development idea.
 arrow Crime and reward
The first general election took some six months to complete. That was because ballot boxes had to be sent by bullock cart to half the country. The 14th general election is also taking nearly as much time.
Letters to Editorarrow A white paper, please
A World Bank audit report says Tk 16,000 crore is missing from National Commercial Banks like Rupali, Agrani Sonali, and Janata. This has happened during the regime of the four party alliance government.
 arrow Arrest, harassment
Freedom of movement is a fundamental right of citizens. Our constitution, too, recognises this right. Unfortunately, the nation-wide police operation has snatched away this inalienable right fromus.
 arrow Rooppur nuclear project
This Project was planned in 1960-61, but it was not implemented. At the moment there is no need to implement it because we have enough gas to support energy generation .
 arrow Moral development programmes
While it is appreciated that the government is very keen on physical development projects through ADP and the Planning Commission, the public is not told much about the moral development programmes, which
 arrow Welfare trust
The non-government educational institutions' employees Welfare Trust was set up by the government with the noble objective of making prompt payment to the teachers and other staffs of this category of
Literaturearrow Coming to Terms with Tagore
I am spending some time on academic business at Santiniketan.
 arrow The English Gitanjali*
By the time Tagore came to translate the Gitanjali into English in 1912 (it was published by Macmillan in London in 1913), he had established himself, after a not inconsiderable spell of revilement
 arrow The Familiar Black Umbrella
English was Tagoreís least favourite subject, and he would never acquire complete confidence in it (especially the grammar). His interest developed only later, almost entirely through reading literature.
 arrow Lord Of A Dark Sun
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