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Front Pagearrow Govt obliged to protect people from criminals
The government cannot shirk the responsibility for the killing of Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master, as it is obligated to protect people from criminals, said World Bank's Vice-President for South
 arrow Govt defends NGO stand against donors' censure
The government yesterday defended its position on non-governmental organisations at the Bangladesh Development Forum meeting, saying some of them were indulging in politics with specific agenda and corruption
 arrow 50 hurt as pickets fight with cops during hartal
Opposition activists fought pitched battles with police during the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by the main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday, leaving at least 50 including four policemen
 arrow Controversy over hurt League leader's shift to CMH
A Jubo League leader was shifted to the Combined Military Hospital on Saturday at the directive of high authorities allegedly to extract a statement from him to link the killing of Awami League (AL) lawmaker
 arrow Search body formed for anti-graft commission
The selection committee to pick commissioners for the proposed independent Anti-corruption Commission was formed yesterday.
 arrow Brother files case accusing Jubo Dal leader, 16 others
The younger brother of slain Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master has charged a central leader of ruling BNP's youth front, Nurul Islam Sarkar Dipu, with masterminding the murder in a case filed
 arrow Donors want more watch on education
Donors at a meeting yesterday asked the government to strengthen monitoring and supervision of financial management of education sector that failed to deliver, meeting sources said.
 arrow Saifur takes a swipe at dev partners
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday hit out at development partners for their barrage of criticism during the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meeting, saying that 'his elected government isnot
 arrow AL gives memo to development partners
The Awami League has flayed the governance of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's alliance in a memorandum handed over to the donors at the Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meet, saying that a midterm election
 arrow Cancer machine gathers dust
Three pieces of expensive medical equipment for cancer treatment worth over Tk 5.6 crore are gathering dust for more than five years at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
 arrow 2 killed, scores hurt in troubled 4th lap
Police fire to quell trouble killed two people and injured many others in Nandail and violence and rigging marred at least five of 14 municipalities up for grab in the fourth lap of multi-stage municipal
 arrow Gallows ready for Ershad Shikder tonight
Khulna jail authorities have completed preparations to send notorious criminal Ershad Shikder to the gallows at 60 seconds past midnight tonight.
 arrow Chechen president killed in bomb attack
A bomb at a packed stadium has killed Chechnya's Moscow-backed president Akhmad Kadyrov and at least 13 other people, dealing a huge blow to President Vladimir Putin's efforts to stamp out rebellion there.
 arrow 7 Iraqis killed in market blast
An explosion at a crowded market in Baghdad yesterday killed at least seven Iraqis, including three policemen, and wounded 13.
 arrow India in close poll race to finish line
India goes to the final lap of its long-drawn parliamentary elections today amid tight security, as major contenders, ruling BJP-led alliance and main opposition Congress, wait for official results with
 arrow Tk 500 crore unrealised in pending cases
Chittagong Customs could not realise a huge revenue of Tk 550 crore due to a large number of pending cases.
 arrow AL may return to JS May 12
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is pondering a return to the Jatiya Sangsad to participate in the adoption of an obituary reference on slain lawmaker Ahsanullah Master when the session resumes on
 arrow Kibria slams Saifur's remarks at BDF meet
Former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday slammed Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman for his remarks on the opposition's role at Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF) meeting on Saturday.
 arrow 6 die, 29 hurt as truck rams into bus in Sreenagar
Six people were killed and 29 injured when a truck and a bus collided in a deadly accident on the Dhaka-Mawa Road in Sreenagar yesterday morning.
 arrow 6 PCJSS men abducted in Rangamati
Gunmen abducted six activists of Parbatya Chattragram Jono Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) from Borkol and Naniarchar upazilas of Rangamati on Thursday and Friday.
 arrow Hasina to cut short US visit
Leader of the Opposition in parliament and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina is likely to return home on May 12 or 13 cutting short her 10-day visit to the United States.
Businessarrow New offices of registrar of jt stock cos planned
The government plans to set up four new branch offices of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies (RJSC) when existing offices outside Dhaka mostly remain idle.
 arrow Bangladesh, Lanka to be worst affected by MFA phaseout: Oxfam
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be the worst affected countries by the phasing out of textile import quota from January next year, according to the latest Oxfam report.
 arrow Relax rules of origin for RMG export
Garment manufacturers once again have requested the European Union to relax the rules of origin conditions for export of apparels from Bangladesh.
 arrow BCI urges govt to remove blocks to industrialisation
A delegation of Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) meeting with the Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday urged for removing the impediments to industrialisation.
 arrow Runaway oil prices raise spectre of new oil shock
With world oil prices simmering at 13-year highs amid fears of fresh terrorist attacks hitting Middle East supplies, concerns of a new "oil shock" befalling the global economy are growing.
 arrow Manufacturers asked to make quality footwear
Industries Minister advised footwear manufacturers to produce quality and cost effective footwear to become more competitive.
 arrow Shahjalal Bank gets new name
Shariah-based Shahjalal Bank Limited has been re-named as Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited, says a press release.
 arrow Discovery gets service partner award from Sony Ericsson
Discovery Communications Limited, lone authorised service centre of Sony Ericsson Bangladesh, received Global Service Partner award from Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications International AB yesterday.
 arrow Global Ins okays 10pc cash dividend
Global Insurance Limited has approved a 10 percent cash dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Textile factory to be set up in Ctg EPZ
A Bangladesh-Pakistan joint venture textile factory with an investment of $ 2.458 million will be set up in Chittagong Export Processing Zone.
 arrow HeidelbergCement declares 15pc stock dividend
HeidelbergCement Bangladesh Limited (HCBL) has declared a 15 percent stock dividend for the shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow Mercantile Bank signs loan deal with Midas Financing
Mercantile Bank Limited has signed a loan agreement with Midas Financing Limited.
 arrow Asian currencies drop on concerns over China, US rate rise
Asian currencies struggled to make gains against the dollar over the past week as troubles at home left markets grumbling despite prospects of a sunnier week ahead.
 arrow Italy battles to save face over EU deficit warning
Italy will try to stave off an official warning over its ballooning deficit at a meeting of European Union finance ministers this week joined by 10 new member states, officials say.
 arrow US announces jobs explosion in March, April
The United States announced Friday an explosion of 600,000 new jobs in March and April, casting aside the slur of a "jobless recovery" and igniting interest rate rise speculation.
 arrow Saudi inks $4.3b petrochemical deal with Japan’s Sumitomo
Saudi Arabia on Sunday signed an agreement with Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co. setting the stage for the development of a 4.
 arrow Swiss banks welcome huge flow of foreign money
As Switzerland's two largest commercial banks announced huge rises in quarterly profits over the past week, Swiss bankers were welcoming the return of large amounts of foreign cash to their vaults.
Sportsarrow Football: Abahani in the balance
Abahani will be at the mercy of an executive decision to win a place in the final round of the fourth Nitol-Tata National Football League (NFL).
 arrow Cricket: CCL hots up
The real battle of the Grameen-Phone Corpo-rate Cricket Lea-gue (CCL) starts today when the top six finishers of the first round return to fight for Cup glory.
 arrow Cricket: 'Tigers can compete’
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore said there was no reason his side could not be "very competitive" as the squad arrived for a tour of the Caribbean on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali-mania grips SL
Sri Lanka's president and prime minister led millions of fans here Sunday to congratulate star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for breaking the world record for Test match wickets.
 arrow Cricket: 'Inquiry a big mishap'
Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram on Sunday described an inquiry into the injury sustained by pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar in last month's deciding Test against India as a "big mishap".
 arrow Cricket: ACC seminar on
A two-day Cricket Council (ACC) seminar will discuss Asia's big strides in the sport and how to develop them further in the wake of improved ties between India and Pakistan, an official said Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: 'WC win was bigger’
Spin king Muttiah Muralitharan believes Sri Lanka's World Cup triumph in 1996 is a bigger achievement than him setting a new world record for Test match wickets.
 arrow Cricket: Flemo doesn't buy it
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said on Sunday he did not accept the common judgement in the sport that he was the best international skipper.
 arrow Football: Dinajpur, Dhaka in zonal finals
A late rally saw Dinajpur overcome a two-goal deficit and storm into the zonal final of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship with a 5-3 defeat of Kurigram at the Nilphamari Stadium
 arrow Handball: School h'ball begins today
The Bata 14th School Handball Tournament (boys and girls) begins today at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
 arrow Tennis: Junior tennis starts today
The National Junior (boys and girls) Tennis Championship starts at the National Tennis Complex in Ramna today.
 arrow Cricket: Walsh wishes Murali takes 1,000 wkts
West Indies pace legend Courtney Walsh believes Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralitharan, who snatched his world Test wickets record, could take 1,000 victims before his career comes to an end.
 arrow Cricket: Bond stakes his claim
New Zealand's quickest bowler Shane Bond stepped up his bid for a place in the first Test against England at Lord's on May 20 with a fiery spell on another rain-shortened day against Worces-tershire here
 arrow Chess: IM chess Zia, Saptarshi share lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and Saptarshi Roy of India shared the lead with three points each after the end of the third round games of the seventh United Insurance and United Leasing IM chess tournament
 arrow Football: Champs-elect Valencia
Barcelona and Real Madrid as good as handed the Spanish title to Valencia when they both lost on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Brilliant Bremen
Werder Bremen lifted their first German championship in 11 years with a sensational 3-1 win over reigning champions Bayern Munich at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Rivaldo rekindles interest
The deal to bring World Cup winner Rivaldo to Bolton next season is back on track after the Brazilian faxed the English Premiership club to say that he still wants to move to the Reebok Stadium, clubchairman
 arrow Football: Houllier can smile
Chelsea got the point they needed against Manchester United to secure second place in the Premiership on Saturday as it emerged that their manager Claudio Ranieri might not be sacked this summer after
 arrow Football: Thai PM goes shopping
Thailand's billionaire premier Thaksin Shinawatra on Monday will purchase 30 per cent of English Premier League football club Liverpool for 115 million dollars, an official said Sunday in Thai newspapers.
 arrow Football: 'Give Ranieri a break'
The agent of Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri has called on the club to end ongoing speculation over the Italian's future at Stamford Bridge and talk linking Porto coach Jose Mourinho to his job.
Metropolitanarrow AL-Beruni Hall risky for living
Resident students of AL-Beruni Hall of Jahangirnagar University have been living in great risk as the building of the hall may collapse at any moment due to lack of renovation work since it was constructed
 arrow Punishment to NU VC, proctor demanded
Second year (honours) students of different colleges affiliated with National University (NU) yesterday demanded punishment to vice-chancellor, proctor, assistant proctors, officials and employees ofthe
 arrow PEER launched
Programme for Enhancement of Emergency Response (PEER), a regional training programme initiated by the US Agency for International Development and Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA),
 arrow Meat seller knifed to death
A meat seller was stabbed to death by a fellow seller at Hasan Nagar Bhai Bhai market in Kamrangir Char yesterday.
 arrow Fire accidents have decreased, claims BGMEA
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday said fire accident in garment factories has decreased significantly in last two years due to preventive measures and training
 arrow Jewellery shop looted in N'ganj
Armed dacoits looted Tk 3.5 lakh in cash and gold ornaments over 1,200 gms from a jewellery shop at Bandar rail gate area under Bandar Police Station in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Train service restored
Train services on Mymensingh, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Rajshahi and Khulna lines were restored yesterday morning after repair of the small railway bridge damaged by mob after the killing of Ahsan UllahMaster
 arrow Open trial of US, British soldiers demanded
The War Crimes Fact Finding Committee (WCFFC) on Saturday demanded open trial of US and British soldiers under international law for their involvement in the abuse of Iraqi prisoners.
 arrow Desa lineman dies in rooftop fall
A lineman of Dhaka Electric Supply Authority (Desa) died after falling from the rooftop of a Desa building at Satmasjid Road in Mohamma-dpur on Saturday.
 arrow Children Festival ends today
The concluding ceremony of a three-day Children Festival, organised by Gonoshasthaya Kendra, will be held today, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Re-election demanded at Moulvibazar
Alleging massive rigging by ruling party men, five chairman and nine ward commissioner candidates in Moulvibazar pourasabha election have jointly rejected the polls results and demanded re-election.
 arrow United they change their lot
They have shaken off the scar of unemployment by joining hands to cultivate maize. A bumper production on 50 hectares of land in fallow Teesta shoals is going to change the life of 30 youths.
 arrow Sunamganj AL demands action against Suranjit
The Sunamganj district Awami League has demanded action against party stalwart Suranjit Sengupta MP for violating party decision and campaigning against the party-backed chairman candidate in the pourashava
 arrow More protests against AL MP murder
More protests by opposition Awami League and professional groups against the murder of AL lawmaker Ahasan Ullah Master were reported from different areas of the country yesterday.
 arrow JCD locks RU Arabic Department
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) on Saturday locked the rooms of the Arabic Department demanding cancellation of "illegal" appointment of four teachers on Thursday.
 arrow Steps to hold cheating-free HSC exam
Jessore education board has taken strict measures to hold the Higher Secondary Certificae (HSC) examination beginning tomorrow in a cheating-free atmosphere.
Point-Counterpointarrow Torture in Iraqi prison -- this time American "Saddams" did it
It wasn't Saddam only; anybody who is in power has the infinite urge to inflict maximum punishment, bodily or moral, on any one working against his or her authority or to extract information for political
 arrow A Tribute to Dr. Noorunnahar Fyzennessa
With a heavy heart and deep sorrow I am writing this elegy remembering my friend and colleague professor Dr. Noorunnahar Fyzennessa.
Culturearrow Jacques Tati's world of Mr Hulot
Jacques Tati is considered as the French Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. He is the best French comic actor since Max Linder.
 arrow Tagore through the lens of Ray
Incorporating dramatised sequences from Gurudev's ( as Tagore's disciples call him) life and archived images and documents, the unforgettable film maker Satyajit Ray captured this great soul of Bangali
 arrow I am very organised--Tarique
Well-known actor Tarique Anam Khan (TAK) recently spoke to The Daily Star's (TDS) Shilpi Mahalanabish on the occasion of his birthday today. Here are some excerpts from the interview.
 arrow Drama serial Sharey Tin Tala hits a century
Krishnachura, a production house, recently organised a cricket match at the police line ground in Uttara. The occasion marked the 100th episode of the mega-serial Sharey Tin Tala.
 arrow Friends bid good-bye
In the end, Rachel, Ross, Joey, Phoebe, Monica and Chandler had a lot of friends. An estimated 51.
Generalarrow Carry out research to help farmers grow more crops
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday advised the agriculturists to carry out and enrich their research works to help the farmers grow more crops and devise ways to protect the vital agricultural sector
 arrow Mongolia keen to take English teachers from Bangladesh
Mongolia is eager to take the services of English teachers from Bangladesh for Mongolian colleges and universities as well as import tea direct from here.
 arrow BNP MPs asked to attend JS sessions timely, regularly
Members of Parliament belonging to the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) have been requested to attend timely the parliament sessions from May 12-17 to exercise their voting power to consider and pass
 arrow Two get 40 years for killing one
A Dhaka Court on Saturday sentenced two people to 40 years' rigorous imprisonment for killing a projectionist of Film Development Corporation (FDC) 15 years ago.
 arrow Morocco happy over ties with Bangladesh
Bangladesh Ambassador Mohammad-al-Haroon presented his credentials to King Mohammed VI of Morocco in Rabat recently.
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered a body from a field at Protap Nagar under Fatullah Police Station yesterday morning.

Police identified the body as Shahjalal alias Sami son of Abdul Latif of Kashipur under Fatullah.

 arrow Boy missing
Md Iqbal Hossain, a 13-year-old madrassah student, has been missing since March 7 while he was on his way from Dhadda village of Hajiganj thana to Khujilpur Jamila Khatun Etimkhana Complex and Hafijia
 arrow 992 more held
Police arrested 992 people during their countrywide drive in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Mongolian envoy meets FM
Newly appointed Mongolian Ambassador Jantsan Gulgou paid a courtesy call on Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan at his office yesterday.
Internationalarrow Vajpayee warns of instability if NDA fails to retain power
India's Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee warns of political instability unless voters return his ruling alliance to power with a parliamentary majority as he wraps up campaigning ahead of the final
 arrow 'Israel should bomb strategic targets in Damascus'
Israeli Transport Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who heads a far-right party in the governing coalition, said yesterday that the military should bomb "strategic targets" in Damascus to put an end to attacks
 arrow Superiors must answer for prison abuse: US senators
The Army investigation into the Iraq prison scandal should have repercussions for higher-ups, not just the military police accused of abusing detainees, lawmakers said Saturday.
 arrow Top US military officers question Washington's goals in Iraq
Deep divisions are emerging at the top of the US military over the course of the occupation of Iraq, with some senior officers saying the United States faces the prospect of taking high casualties without
 arrow Tigers warn truce in danger
Suspected Tamil Tigers shot dead a soldier in eastern Sri Lanka yesterday after the rebels warned that Norway's renewed efforts to broker peace in the island were in jeopardy, a local official said.
 arrow More bad news may be on way for Bush
In one of the darkest weeks of his administration, President Bush saw America's reputation sullied, the US effort in Iraq damaged and his own campaign for reelection clouded.
 arrow Pricey polls
The parliamentary election of 2004 in India is no doubt the biggest democratic exercise in the world but there has been a phenomenal rise in expenditure in undertaking the shows over the years.
 arrow 'Saddam was badly injured in 1991 Gulf war'
Saddam Hussein was seriously wounded during an allied bombing raid in the 1991 Gulf war and had to be operated on, the deposed Iraqi president's personal doctor said in comments published yesterday.
 arrow 22 Maoist rebels killed in clashes
At least 22 people have died in renewed fighting with Maoist rebels since Nepal's royalist prime minister stepped down last week in hope of ending political turmoil in the kingdom, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Undecided Filipino voters hold the key
The Queen may have pulled away from Da King in the surveys, but it is the undecided and the "soft" voters -- nearly a quarter of the electorate -- who will decide today that who will govern the country
Editorialarrow Editorial: Economics get a raw deal
BANGLADESH seems out of tune with a global trend. Whereas development agenda of nation-states are gaining an upper hand over their internal politics, she is bogged down in politics.
 arrow Editorial: NGOs and alternative political forum
THE government's NGO policy and its attitude towards formation of an alternative political forum by former president Dr B Choudhury engaged the attention of some donor representatives at the BDF meeton
 arrow The final blow to "the peace of the brave": All with US blessings!
TO the outside world, Israel's assassination of 67-year-old, semi-blind quadriplegic Hamas chief Sheikh Ahmad Yassin
 arrow Bangladesh Development Forum: A scorecard
The annual Bangladesh Development Forum (BDF), a conclave of some two dozen bilateral and multilateral donors and the Bangladesh Government, is meeting in Dhaka this week.
 arrow Is it only Sharon?
Bush Administration's endorse-ment of the Sharon Plan, the socalled unilateral withdrawal from Gaza Strip, is a major international event.
Letters to Editorarrow Adventure or misadventure?
My attention is drawn to the news item about the Everest expedition by the first ever Bangladeshi team. We, Bangladeshis, do have a special weakness for this 'first ever' cliché.
 arrow US marines
I want to thank Syeda Akhtar (RN) of Gulshan, Dhaka , (Those marines, 7-5-2004) for enlightening me with the facts about the US marines.
 arrow Definition of democracy
In our country, the definition by Abraham Lincoln of democracy has a slightly distorted meaning.
 arrow Elderly men and women
Old people often find themselves in a difficult situation. Particularly, the middle class people who spent most of their earnings, time and energy for their children get into serious trouble.
 arrow New US ploy
It does not take much imagination to understand why all of a sudden the US administration has decided to allow Baathist generals into the New Iraqi army.
 arrow Studying abroad
English is the most effective international language for people all over the world. Even the developing countries now realise the importance of studying English as a language.
 arrow Tk one lakh for a death!
The garment factory owners should remember that all accidents are not unexpected.
 arrow Strange and ominous signs
In a strange country, police supports jungle rule.
 arrow Emergence of 'Bangla Bhai'
I am appalled by the emergence of the Taliban style group leader called Bangla Bhai. And the directive of the home ministry to support his actions is condemnable.
 arrow Politicians' concern
If anyone needed any proof about the real motives of some of our politicians, it came on May 5, with the headline "AL to join JS next month to save membership" (DS).
 arrow Converting the Mongoloids
Very recently, the authorities in China ordered a crackdown on public worshipping. The decision was taken due to a massive growth of underground Christian worship places.
 arrow Donor agencies and Bangladesh
As it appears from the news published in the local dailies, the donor agencies often advise and interfere in all of our country's affairs, including political affairs, as if they were advisers to thegovernment.
 arrow No smoking , no spitting in public
It is heartening to note that Tobacco (smoking in public) Ban is in the offing. Through this column, may I suggest that spitting in public be banned too.
 arrow Commentary on Jalil's prediction
I appreciate the editor's commentary on 3rd, but believe that the situation demands even more criticism .

You have rightly put emphasis on a 'strong opposition'.

 arrow Killing of MP
Unknown assailants killed AL lawmaker Ahsanullah Master while he was presiding over a party programme in Tongi (BBC, 7 May). Mr. Ahsanullah was a popular and dedicated labour leader.
 arrow Terrorism in Northwest
I thank your newspaper for taking the courageous step to unveil the shameful atrocities perpetrated by the miscreant named "Bangla Bhai" in the North-western region.
Star Cityarrow Hospital waste dumped in open, sold for reuse
Waste generated by Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) puts public health at high risk as it is dumped in the open and onto the road in front of the emergency gate.
 arrow Novotheatre Set to Take Off

 arrow No money yet for land, machines also not shifted
The Planning Commission on Wednesday decided to include the project on Adamjee Industrial Park in the Annual Development Programme of fiscal 2004-5 in a bid to create about nine lakh job opportunities
 arrow Buses with extra seats yet to be dealt with
The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) is yet to implement a Ministry of Communications directive, which asked it to cancel the registration and route permits of buses and minibuses plying inthe
 arrow Waiting In Hope