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Front Pagearrow Donors concerned at politically-linked violence, graft
Development partners at the launch of three-day Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meeting in Dhaka yesterday said dysfunctional politics, politically-linked violence, growing crime and corruption were
 arrow Curbing graft top priority, free anti-graft body soon
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government has given top priority to curbing corruption and steps are underway to make the Independent Anti-corruption Commission operational soon.
 arrow Fury rages in Dhaka, Tongi as AL MP laid to rest
Slain Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master was laid to rest in Gazipur yesterday amid violence raging through Gulistan and Tongi as thousands of protesters went on the rampage, damaging over100
 arrow AL mulls hard line again
The killing of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master has once again raised the spectre of violent political confrontation with Sheikh Hasina cutting short her US visit to announce fresh agitation
 arrow Politicians urged to break crime-link
Reiterating concern over the nexus between crime, police and criminalised politics, World Bank Country Director Christina Wallich yesterday warned that such political practices threatened the rule oflaw
 arrow AL edges over BNP
The multi-stage municipality elections roll into the fourth day with holding of polls in 14 municipalities today.
 arrow B'Chy launches political party
Former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday formally launched his political party, 'Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB)', aimed at offering an alternative platform to unite the nation and ensure democracy
 arrow AL enforces dawn-to-dusk hartal today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) enforces a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today protesting the killing of its lawmaker Ahsanullah Master in Gazipur.
 arrow Palestinian state by 2005 not 'realistic'
US President George W Bush says the establishment of a Palestinian state might be delayed as a 2005 deadline under an internationally backed peace roadmap is no longer realistic.
 arrow 2 extortionists die in Khulna after interrogation by police
Two extortionists injured during interrogation by police died at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) at noon yesterday.
 arrow India readies for final lap of polls
Indian political leaders yesterday made fervent last-ditch appeals for support ahead of the final and biggest round tomorrow of the country's marathon general elections.
 arrow Azad returns, blames Jamaat for attack
Eminent linguist, writer and Dhaka University teacher Prof Humayun Azad on his return home yesterday again blamed the Jamaat-e-Islami fundamentalists for the attack on him.
 arrow Muralitharan on top of the world
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan on Saturday became the most successful bowler in the history of cricket when he captured his 520th victim on the third day of the first Test against Zimbabwe.
 arrow Jalil bins govt claim of intra-party feud
The Home Ministry in a press note on Friday night described the death of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master as an outcome of intra-party conflict, which Awami League General Secretary AbdulJalil
 arrow Mob beats 2 to death at Tejgaon
A mob in city's Tejgaon area yesterday beat two youths to death.
 arrow Killing of AL MP condemned
Different socio-political organisations yesterday strongly protested the killing of Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master and expressed grave concern over the alarming slide in law and order.
 arrow Power cut hits Dhaka
Residents of different areas in the capital yesterday experienced severe power disruptions as Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) shed about 50 Megawatt of electricity.
 arrow British troops face Shia wrath
Gunmen loyal to radical Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr yesterday rampaged through Basra and another southern Iraq city, attacking British patrols and government buildings a day after a Sadr aide offeredworshippers
 arrow Court okays use of arms
A court here yesterday authorised the government to use the huge arms and ammunition seized from Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) jetty recently and directed to specifically decide which of the forces
 arrow Fifty hurt as rivals clash in Bandarban
At least 50 people including former guerrilla leader Sadhuram Tripura were injured in a series of clashes between Bangalees and indigenous people here yesterday.
 arrow Students, transport workers clash in Sylhet, 30 injured
At least 30 people were injured yesterday in a series of clashes between college students and transport workers in Sylhet while vehicular movement on Sylhet-Tamabil highway remained suspended for four
Businessarrow Product quality key to facing free trade
Instead of seeking special treatments from buyer countries, exporters should concentrate on improving quality of their products to make them competitive, speakers said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow 32 to get national agri award 1409
National Agriculture Award 1409 (BS) will be given to 32 farmers, agricultural researchers and entrepreneurs for their outstanding contribution to the overall farm sector.
 arrow BB governor leaves for Iran to attend ACU meet
Bangladesh Bank Governor Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday left for Iran for the 33rd Board Meeting of the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) beginning Monday.
 arrow Loan scheme for jewellery purchase
Goldsmith Bangladesh, a local jewellery manufacturer, in cooperation with a private bank has introduced a loan scheme for women customers for purchasing jewellery.
 arrow Sony Ericsson Asia Pacific head in Dhaka
Kazuo Nakai, corporate vice-president and head of Asia Pacific region for Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications International AB, arrived in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow China economy showing signs of cooling
China' economy is showing signs of cooling as supply is better able to meet demand but it could be hamstrung by a power shortage that will become more acute in summertime, a newspaper said Saturday.
 arrow Iran won't oppose Opec output rise
Iran's Opec governor said Saturday he expected oil prices to remain high for the next three to four months but Iran would not oppose a production increase when the oil group meets next month.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Inzi, Youhana can't fly
The introduction of a mega star in the inaugural Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket Lea-gue seems a dis-tant prospect.
 arrow Football: Tiebreaker order of the day
Feni, Comilla, Chuadanga, Naogaon Joypurhat and Rajbari booked their seats in the finals of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali mark in big SL win
Muttiah Muralitharan broke the world record for Test match wickets as Sri Lanka wrapped up a crushing innings victory over a weakened Zimbabwe side on the third day of the first Test on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Getting us all in a spin!
When world record-smashing Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Murali-tharan was reported for suspect bowling action two months ago, many believed he had fallen prey to his own tricks.
 arrow Cricket: Peace process on?
Striking Zimbabwe white cricketers have reached agreement to accept mediation of their dispute with the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) in principle.
 arrow Cricket: Yuvraj ready to open
Blessed with unflinching support of his skipper, Yuvraj Singh is supreme confident of retaining his place in the Indian Test side and does not find opening the innings as an "additional pressure".
 arrow Cricket: Ispahani, Aktel in Plate semis
MM Ispahani Limited moved into the Plate semifinals of the first-ever GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League (CCL) with a seven-wicket victory against BADC Krira Sangha at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: BKSP runaway winners
Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protish-than (BKSP) swept the medal table when the two-day Milk Vita 21st National Junior Athletics Championship ended at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Port Authority sinking
Port Authority Sports Association suffered another blow in their bid to stay in the top flight of Chittagong cricket when they suffered a massive 131-run against Friends Club in a CJKS-Ispahani Premier
 arrow Chess: Seven lead IM chess
Seven players jointly shared the lead with two points each at the end of the second round games of the United Insurance and United Leasing Seventh IM Chess Tournament at the Chess Federation conference
 arrow Football: Draw satisfies Chelsea
Chelsea bounced back from their Champions League heartbreak to claim second place in the Premiership after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United here on Saturday.
 arrow Football: How to deal with Diego?
Diego Maradona, recovering from a life threatening heart and lung condition, was under sedation in hospital on Friday as his family continued discussions over their next step for the fallen soccer idol.
 arrow Cricket: US joins WC hosts' fray
The United States officially lodged its application to host matches in the 2007 cricket World Cup, along with ten Caribbean nations, when the bidding process closed here on Friday.
 arrow Ariful 9-ball champ
Ariful Islam clinched the second National 9-ball Championship title beating Jamal Khan in the final on May 7.

Seventy-two competitors from all over the country took part in the meet.

 arrow Football: Maldini knows only AC Milan
Italian football icon Paolo Maldini, who has only ever played for one club -- AC Milan -- in his whole career, has signed a new contract extending his love affair with the Serie A champions until 2006,
 arrow Football: 2005 World Club meet in Japan
Japan will host a revamped World Club Championship in 2005, FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced on Saturday.
 arrow Rivaldo waits for Celtic
Brazilian World Cup winner Rivaldo is waiting for Scottish champions Celtic to open talks over a move to Parkhead, his agent revealed Saturday.
Nationalarrow Forests vanishing in Patuakhali coasts
Reserve forests in coastal areas of Patuakhali are disappearing due to large scale death of trees and stealing by organised gangs of thieves.
 arrow Vow to curb drug menace
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 arrow 7 held in Jhalakati bomb blast incident
Jhalakati Sadar police on Friday arrested seven persons in connection with Thursday's bomb blast on the rooftop of a boarding house in the town in which one person was killed and four others were injured.
 arrow A 'revolution' in potato cultivation
Potato seed produced through tissue culture method has become popular in the district because it gives higher yield at lesser cost and is virus resistant.
 arrow Ministers buying vote AL leader Nasim alleges
Awami League Presidium member and former home minister Mohommad Nasim has alleged that ministers are buying votes for victory of their candidates in the ongoing pourasabha polls.
 arrow 2 killed in Kushtia
Two persons were killed in separate incidents in Chuadanga and Meherpur on Friday.
 arrow Rapist freed, victim punished
The alleged rapist was spared. Instead, the victim, a poor woman, was lashed.

Her head shaven, she was forced to move around in the village with a wreath of shoes hanging from her neck.

 arrow Defeated candidate's house attacked at Syedpur
A defeated commissioner candidate's house in Syedpur Pourasabha was damaged and looted by the winning candidate's supporters in a post-election violence on Thursday.
 arrow 'I'm happy that Ershad Shikder will be hanged'
Jyostna Begum whose husband and brother-in-law were killed by Ershad Shikder is now happy that the notorious killer is finally being hanged.
 arrow Students lock principal's room
A section of students of Magura Government Mahila College locked the office room of the Principal and the main gate of the college yesterday demanding removal of the principal following transfer of four
Point-Counterpointarrow Fiftieth anniversary of the first sub-four minute mile
Fifty years ago, on May 6, 1954, a lanky young man from Oxford University, Roger Bannister, cracked the four-minute barrier in the mile for the first time at Oxford University's track at Iffley Road.
 arrow Planning Dhaka: Visualising the solution
The Architectural League of New York is the pre-eminent architectural organization of New York City that organizes exhibitions, symposiums, publications and other events to discuss the state of architecture
Culturearrow The virtuoso singer turns 80
To celebrate the 80th birthday of the veteran Tagore singer Kalim Sharafi, Bangladesh Rabindra Sangeet Singers' Association (BRSSA) and Nagorik Natyangan Ensemble (NNE) jointly held a reception for the
 arrow Photojournalist highlights Mother's Day
Monira Morhsed Munni, a reputed photographer, with two decades of work to her credit, has her on-going photography display at the Goethe Institut.
 arrow Musical extravaganza at Jahangirnagar University
As part of the anti-drug campaign, leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo, in association with 'Prothom Alo Bondhushabha Jahangirnagar University' organised a concert at the Jahangirnagar University
 arrow Nrityanandan to perform at Tagore festival in Kolkata
For the first time, the Information and Culture Ministry of West Bengal, India is inviting a dance troupe from Dhaka on the occasion of Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.
Internationalarrow I am willing to die for India, says Sonia
Sonia Gandhi, the main opposition Congress party chief, Friday made a fervent appeal to voters two days ahead of the final round of balloting in India's staggered elections, saying she was willing todie
 arrow CPI-M eyes victory in West Bengal
The West Bengal is set to go to the polls tomorrow to decide the fate of 313 contestants who are vying for the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
 arrow Modi-Yadav sweat it out to win hearts of voters
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Laloo Prasad Yadav's battle to win votes turned to be a big draw in their campaign for BJP and Congress respectively in the Indian capital
 arrow Rumsfeld apology fails to calm Arab anger
His apology was late and the damage done, said Arab and European commentators yesterday, reacting to Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
 arrow New Iraq abuse, torture claims hit UK regiment
Two British newspapers published yesterday new allegations accusing British soldiers in the Queen's Lancashire Regiment of systematically beating and abusing Iraqi detainees.
 arrow Making prison a 'hell' was her job
Her job was to "make it hell" for Iraqi prisoners so they would talk, one of the six US soldiers accused of prisoner abuse was quoted as saying Friday.

The Washington Post reported that Spec.

 arrow Abuse in Iraqi prisons amounted to 'torture'
The International Committee of the Red Cross says the abuse it found in Iraq's US-run prisons was systematic and amounted to torture, adding that it first raised concerns with the United States more than
 arrow Arroyo looks set to win presidential race
Her performance in the past three years has been underwhelming, she suffers from charisma deficit and she has not quite dispelled corruption allegations against her husband.
 arrow Megawati picks Hasyim as her running mate
President Megawati Sukarnoputri announced her choice of Hasyim Muzadi as her running mate Friday, giving a boost to her chances of winning a second term in office, analysts said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We condemn it
The murder of AL lawmaker Ahsanullah Master has come as a rude shock to the nation.
 arrow Editorial: Rumsfeld's 'apology' without regrets
The credibility of the US was already in tatters long before the graphic pictures of the abuse and humiliation of detainees at Abu Ghraib that shocked the world were revealed.
 arrow Sadism at Abu Ghraib
The New Yorker( issue of 10th May 2004) and CBS' news programme 60 minutes have done a world of good by putting on television screen despicable photographs of abuse of Iraqi prisoners at the hands ofthe
 arrow The race for Indian premiership
Four of the staggered five-phase national elections in India have already taken place and the final round is due on May 10.
Letters to Editorarrow Poverty and basic health services
The above report on chronic poverty (05-05-04, The Daily Star) by Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) really touched our conscience! While the Economic and Social Commission for Asia &
 arrow Attitude towards private universities
This is in reference to the letter "Attitude towards private universities" (7-5-2004) by Hasna Hasan of the Department of English, Leading University, Dhaka.
Star Healtharrow New hope for profoundly deaf patients
Normal hearing is an essential requirement for the development of speech and personality in children. It is also important for an individual to perform his/her activities at an optimum level.
 arrow HIV transmission through breast-feeding
In the past three decades, strategies to reduce child mortality and to promote family health have resulted in considerable improvements in child health.
Star Cityarrow No plan to remove Sadarghat terminal
The government has no immediate plan to relocate Sadarghat launch terminal, but a proposal is underway to build a second port at Ali Bahar Char to reduce pressure and pollution.
 arrow Buses without route permit add to the growing gridlock
The operation of shady bus services on many routes in the metropolis without proper route permits causes the government a loss of nearly Tk 30 lakh in revenue.
 arrow DU stops issuing original certificates since 2000
More than 32,000 ex-students of Dhaka University (DU) are facing uncertainty of obtaining their original certificates as authorities have stopped issuing them since 2000.
 arrow An Encouraging Gesture

 arrow Burdened with books
The Islamic Foundation at Baitul Mukarram is going through tough times trying to maintain the massive number of books without adequate manpower or space.
 arrow A learn-easy, earn-easy job for the unemployed
With the highest degree, Haider Ali failed to secure a job. Disappointed and looking around for work, he was informed about screen printing by a friend.
 arrow Wheeled garbage containers soon to keep city clean
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) set up a wheeled container in the New Market area in April on a trial basis under a project to make its waste management effective and convenient.