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Front Pagearrow No extra aid if crime, graft go unchecked
Bangladesh will not be given additional aid for the next year's Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) in the event of its failure to fulfil commitments to crime and corruption control, good governance
 arrow Ershad Shikder walks the gallows
Dreaded killer Ershad Shikder walked to the gallows in Khulna District Jail a minute past midnight Monday.
 arrow Over 400 industries shut for 3rd day
The dawn-to-dusk hartal in Gazipur yesterday brought life to a standstill as almost all of the over 400 mills and factories in the district kept their operation suspended, transports went off the roads
 arrow Crime to be dealt with iron hand
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia at a meeting with the top leaders of the ruling 4-party alliance yesterday vowed to deal with crime with an iron hand.
 arrow RMG factory officials robbed of Tk 20 lakh
Muggers yesterday looted Tk 20 lakh from four executives of a garment factory on Darusalam Road in Mirpur.
 arrow Witnesses avert cops on arrest fear
Witnesses to the Tongi mayhem that left Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master and schoolboy Omar Faruq Ratan killed and at least five others injured on Friday dare not go to police to provide information
 arrow Some donors may quit if security doesn't improve
Some donors may withdraw from Bangladesh if law and order does not improve, a World Bank official said yesterday.
 arrow Saifur links Swiss bank practice to graft
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday told donors Bangladesh will not able to stop corruption unless the Swiss and American banks barred corrupt people from depositing laundered money.
 arrow Rise and doom of a killer
He inched his way into the dark world for a better living that gave him notoriety, enormous wealth and the gallows in the end.
 arrow Cursing, singing, he spends his last day
Bangladesh's most dreaded homicidal killer Ershad Shikdar appeared nonchalant on the last day of his life yesterday and was unusually quiet but he cursed his first wife and three sons accusing them of
 arrow Thousands walk streets to mourn Ahsanullah
Tens of thousands of people, carrying black flags and wearing black badges, marched down major city streets in a silent procession yesterday to mourn Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master killed
 arrow Donors don't buy govt claim on AL MP's murder
World Bank Vice-President for South Asia Praful C Patel yesterday said the donor community does not buy the government's claim that an intra-party feud led to Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master's
 arrow Anti-tobacco law okayed
The cabinet yesterday approved the draft of Tobacco Control Law 2004, seeking to ban smoking in open places and in public transport.
 arrow 6.29 lakh sit HSC exams today
The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations under nine education boards begin today amid tight security to check unfair means.
 arrow Violence, ballot capture mark close
The five-day staggered municipal elections ended yesterday with voting in 19 municipalities on the last leg marred by violence, ballot paper snatching, false voting, polling booth capture and undue administrative
 arrow Curtain down on Indian marathon election
India's marathon parliamentary elections ended yesterday with an estimated 50 percent of the 215 million voters exercising their franchise.
 arrow Scientists claim breakthrough in teleportation
Teleportation always used to seem so simple.
 arrow US bombs Sadr's HQ in Baghdad, kills 35
US bombers yesterday flattened the Baghdad offices of radical Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in a dramatic new show of force against his uprising.
 arrow Ctg in power crisis fear as Kaptai water level dips
Chittagong's power crisis is likely to persist as falling water levels in Kaptai Lake are threatening power generation at Kaptai Hydroelectric Power Plant.
 arrow Mannan, Mahi picked for by-polls
Former president Badruddoza Chowdhury-led Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh yesterday nominated its Secretary General Abdul Mannan and Spokesman Mahi B Chowdhury as its candidates for the by-polls of Dhaka-10and
 arrow Babar tells of CID clues
State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar yesterday said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has had some confessions and clues and is properly investigating the assassination of frontline
 arrow Former AL lawmaker sued for money laundering
Principal of Mirpur Girls' Ideal Laboratory Institute yesterday filed a graft case against former Awami League (AL) lawmaker and chairman of the institute Kamal Ahmed Majumder.
 arrow 30 lakh people on drugs
At least 30 lakh people are addicted to drugs, a study conducted by an NGO said yesterday at a roundtable at the National Press Club.
 arrow Govt bars Shantu Larma from leaving for UN conference in USA
Jyotirindra Bodhipriya Larma, president of Bangladesh Forum for Indigenous People, could not leave for the USA as the government has barred him from leaving the country.
 arrow 5 killed as bus, tempo collide in Narsingdi
Five people were killed and 10 injured in a collision between a Tempo and a bus on Dhaka-Manohordi road at Shibpur yesterday noon.
 arrow Hasina urge all to start anti-govt agitation
Awami League (AL) President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has urged the citizens at home and abroad to launch a united movement against the alliance government to free the nation from its
 arrow A girl struggles aboard a packed train...

Businessarrow Combined strategy needed to speed up development
The government should make a combined development strategy with the participation of all stakeholders to speed up development activities in the country, economist Professor Muzaffer Ahmed suggested yesterday.
 arrow New circuit breaker limit for B category securities from May 15
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has finally decided to widen the circuit breaker limit for B category securities with effect from May 15 to allow more price fluctuation on day's trading.
 arrow Withdraw Vat on port services, commission
Shipping agents have urged the government to withdraw value added tax (Vat) on their commission earnings and export related services at ports.
 arrow Gulf states to sign major trade accord with China
Gulf Arab oil monarchies will sign a landmark economic cooperation agreement with China at the end of the month to boost trade relations and pave the way towards a free trade accord, the head of the Gulf
 arrow Top central bankers meet to talk impact of soaring oil, commodity prices
The world's top central bankers will discuss soaring oil and commodity prices when they meet this week for their regular check-up on the world economy, monetary officials said Sunday.
 arrow India stocks slide on worries about poll, interest rates
Indian stocks tumbled Monday as investors were gripped by fears about the outcome of the country's marathon general elections, rising global interest rates and surging crude oil prices, dealers said.
 arrow Siemens, GP sign deal
Siemens Bangladesh Limited and GrameenPhone have signed an agreement on "Frame Agreement Extension.
 arrow Danish embassy holds technical seminars in Dhaka today
The Danish embassy is going to organise technical seminars at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today from 1pm to 5pm.

The seminars will be organised during a visit of a Danish business delegation here.

 arrow Singer declares 75pc dividend
The Singer Bangladesh Limited declared a total of 75 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow DHL launches marketing campaign
DHL, a leading express and logistics company, announced a marketing campaign, which will run simultaneously across the Asia Pacific region.
 arrow Brac Bank signs deal with BIT Ltd
Brac Bank Limited has signed a lease finance and fees collection agreement with Bangladesh International Tutorial (BIT) Ltd.
 arrow Anwar Landmark achieves ISO certification
Anwar Landmark Ltd has achieved ISO: 9001:2000 certificate for its quality management system for design and construction of residential and commercial buildings.
 arrow Emirates to introduce dedicated airport lounges
Emirates airline has unveiled plans to introduce dedicated airport lounges in several destinations under its network.
 arrow EU makes conditional offer to eliminate farm subsidy
The European Union is ready to eliminate its agriculture export subsidies but only if other WTO members do the same, European Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Semis calling GP
Young left-arm spinner Enamul Haque took four wickets and opener Anisul Hakim grafted a fine half-century as GramneenPhone ran away with a five-wicket win over Partex Group in the opening Cup match of
 arrow Cricket: Aktel, CityCell victors
Anwar Hossain and Nafeez Ah-med Abir hit half centuries as Aktel beat MM Ispahani by four wickets to be-come Group-X champions in the Plate competition of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Bangar wants his place back
Sanjay Bangar is confident that he will win back his place in the star-studded Indian team.
 arrow Cricket: Buchanan spurs Warne on
Muttiah Muralitharan's world record number of wickets has fired up Australian Shane Warne to seize it off him, Australian cricket coach John Buchanan said here.
 arrow Cricket: Lloyd looks to WC
Former West Indies cricket captain Clive Lloyd said Sunday he hoped Caribbean fortunes would change for the better in time for the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Cricket: The flawed genius!
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who became Test cricket's highest wicket-taker after claiming his 521st victim on Saturday, is the world's most successful and controversial bowler.
 arrow Cricket: BcCI thinking ahead
Chastened by the player-contract dispute which threatened to derail the 2003 World Cup, the Indian cricket board has indicated that it will press hard to safeguard the interests of the players when the
 arrow Cricket: Tushar fined
GrameenPhone captain Tushar Imran was fined Tk 10,000 for arguing with two tournament officials during the opening Cup match of the Corporate Cricket League (CCL) at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: DU dump BKSP
Dhaka University stormed into the final round of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup National Football Championship when the star-studded side dumped debutants BKSP 6-0 at the Kamalapur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Zia takes the lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman took the solo lead with 4.
 arrow Cricket: Wins for Rising Star, Abahani
Rising Star Club recorded a massive eight-wicket win over Shatadal Club Junior in the super six round of CJKS-Ispahani Premier Division Cricket League at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF meets Sports Minister today
Top officials of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will meet State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman today to settle the issue of possession of the Bangabandhu National Stadium (BNS).
 arrow Volleyball: East End Boys v'ball champs
East End Boys clinched the National Bank First Division Volleyball League title beating Dhaka Sabuj Club 3-1 at the court near Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Venus doubtful
Venus Williams is a doubtful starter at the French Open in two weeks time after she was forced to default the German Open final on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Inter improve chances
Inter Milan's hopes of Champions League football next season were given a major boost with a 1-0 win over Parma in Serie A's penultimate round of matches on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Bravo Valencia
Valencia were crowned Spanish champions for the second time in three years, and the sixth time in their 75-year history, when they beat Sevilla 2-0.
 arrow Football: Gunners a step closer
Arsenal are one game away from a place in the history books after a 1-0 defeat of London rivals Fulham.
 arrow Football: Less glamour please!
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is an expert businessman. He still has a lot to learn about football.
 arrow Football: Benitez a survivour
Valencia coach Rafa Benitez, who guided his team to their second Spanish title in three years on Sunday, cracked a rare smile after Valencia beat Sevilla to clinch the championship crown.
 arrow Football: Henry again hits
Thierry Henry has become the first player to win the footballer-of-the-year award in successive seasons after he swept almost 90 per cent of the votes cast in the annual poll.
 arrow Football: Giuly inspires Monaco
Monaco captain Ludovic Giuly scored a last-gasp goal to hand Olympique Marseille a 1-0 defeat and keep the principality team's Ligue 1 title hopes alive on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Atletico's Gil suffers stroke
Atletico Madrid owner and former club president Jesus Gil was in a stable but serious condition after suffering a stroke on Sunday.
Metropolitanarrow 8 suspects placed on remand
A Chittagong court yesterday placed eight suspects, arrested on charge of the biggest ever firearms smuggling incident, on a two-day remand.
 arrow 70,000 die of TB a year
Nearly 70,000 people die of tuberculosis (TB) while three lakh are affected with the disease in Bangladesh every year despite the facilities being provided for free treatment.
 arrow Garment trader gunned down in N'ganj
A garment cut-piece trader was gunned down at Godnail in Siddirganj yesterday.
 arrow 3rd National Debate Festival from May 20
A three-day 3rd National Debate Festival 2004 will be held at the Dhaka University (DU) campus from May 20 to May 22.
 arrow United efforts a must for social progress
Speakers at a seminar yesterday recalled the contribution of late Prof Nazmul Karim, founder of sociology department of Dhaka University, to the development of sociological study in the country.
 arrow Obaidul Kader gets life threat
Unknown callers have been giving life threats over phone to Obaidul Kader, joint general secretary of Awami League (AL) and former state minister for the last five days.
 arrow Mongolian envoy meets PM
Bangladesh and Mongolia stressed exchange of visits at various levels in trade and cultural sectors to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations.
 arrow New diagnostic device installed at BIRDEM
A modern diagnostic device has been installed at Ibrahim Memorial Hospital (BIRDEM) in the city, said a press release yesterday.
 arrow Order on charge-framing May 15
A Dhaka Court yesterday fixed May 15 for order on charge-framing against Azam Reza in the Jayanti Reza murder case.
Nationalarrow Panic grips Ahmadiyyas in Barisal, Patuakhali
About 27,000 people of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Barisal and Patuakhali districts are in panic following the eviction threat given by the Khatme Nobuat Committee.
 arrow Defeated candidates announce agitation programme
The five defeated chairman candidates who rejected Moulvibazar municipal election results alleging massive rigging and demanded re-election have formed an action committee styled Committee to Resist Vote
 arrow Wild elephant's onslaught on Magura village
One person was critically injured by a wild elephant on Monday.

Anarul Molla, 40, son of Ibrahim Molla of Barishat village in Sreepur upazila sustained injuries while chasing an elephant.

 arrow A village that deserves govt attention
Gabinda Kati, a remote village in Kaliganj upazila in the district, is now known as a 'poultry village'.

Over 25000 eggs are supplied every day from 142 poultry and duck farms in the small village.

 arrow A doctor offers a holiday resort
A child specialist has offered a good holiday resort near the city while the government Portajton Corporation Corporation failed to serve the purpose.
 arrow KMCH interns on strike: Patients leave hospital
Patients are leaving the Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH) due to an indefinite strike by interns and hospital staff since Thursday noon.
 arrow Gournadi Jubo League leader strangled
A Jubo League leader was strangled by 'BNP activists' in Gournadi upazila on Sunday.
 arrow Former municipal chairman charged with scam
The Bureau of Anti-corruption (BAC) has filed a case against a former chairman of Patuakhali Pourasabha, its three officials and two contractors for alleged financial scam involving Tk 11 lakh Taka.
 arrow 46 lose security money
Forty-six candidates have lost their security money in Gaibandha Pourasabha polls.

They did not get one-eighth of total votes.

 arrow Body of minor boy found
Police on Sunday recovered the body of a three-year-old boy from Lalar Dighi area of Rupatali in the city.
 arrow Erratum
Please read para 21 of our story headlined 'Re-election demanded at Moulvibazar' published on page 16 of The Daily Star on Monday (May 10) as: He however told the correspondent of national daily Sangbad
Point-Counterpointarrow 'Bush really can't justify the taking of lives in Iraq'
As a CIA analyst for 27 years during the Cold War, Ray McGovern helped prepare National Intelligence Estimates and the President's Daily Brief.
 arrow Abu Ghraib another My Lai for the United States?
With the increasing tension, armed conflict and political uncertainty in Iraq, America could really ill-afford the huge indelible smear received on its image by the revelation of the abuse, torture, rape
Culturearrow Photographs home in on circuses
Dr Pierre Claquin, who has held a number of exhibitions of his photographs of the people of Bangladesh, brought out his book, Surviving Dreams: The Struggling Circuses of Bangladesh at the Alliance
 arrow Recreating the world of Tagore
The national level celebration of the 143rd birth anniversary of Tagore was held recently.
 arrow Gitabitan Live-2: a new CD brings Tagore to the public
With a view to making Indians across the globe aware of the creative genius of Rabindranath Tagore, a Kolkata-based organisation recently unveiled a collection of his musical creations in a compact disc
 arrow DU Film Society's 24th World Film Manifestation Programme ends today
With the screening of Michael Gutmann's Heart Over Head and Henner Winckler's Klassenfahrt, the 24th World Film Manifestation Programme on contemporary German films organised by Dhaka University
Generalarrow Ratify Framework Convention on Tobacco Control
Speakers at a rally yesterday called upon the government to ratify the international Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
 arrow 416 women, children trafficked out of country in 4 years
As many as 416 women and children were trafficked out of the country during the last four years.

A total of 505 cases were filed accusing 1376 people in this connection.

 arrow College students continue agitation
Around 150 second year (honours) students of different colleges affiliated to National University (NU) staged a sit-in at the Central Shaheed Minar yesterday to press their demand for punishment to persons
 arrow Withdraw 14th amendment bill: Ershad
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday called upon the government to withdraw the 14th amendment bill as he said all its five provisions are less important and unnecessary.
 arrow NPU observes demand day
National Platform for Unity (NPU) held a rally at Paltan Maidan in the city yesterday demanding immediate implementation of its 17-point demand.
 arrow BCACP executives
Md. Iqbal Rashedin Tarun and Md. Jannath Salehin have been elected president and general secretary of the Bangladesh Chartered Accountancy Chhatra Parishad (BCACP) for a two years, says a press release.
 arrow Children's art competition held in city
In observance of the World Asthma Day, a children's painting competition was held at the Islamia Eye Hospital (IEH) in the city on Saturday, says a press release.
 arrow Over 1000 held
Police arrested 1,015 people from different parts of the country in last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow Final phase soaked in rain, sun & snow
Voters were drenched by a cyclone yesterday on India's southern tip and trudged through the snow in the Himalayas, as most Indians spent election day sweating under a scorching sun.
 arrow PM post not important to Gandhi family: Priyanka
Priyanka Gandhi, daughter of India's Italian-born opposition leader Sonia Gandhi, said her mother did not care whether she became prime minister if the Congress party won the country's elections.
 arrow Sadr's 16 militiamen killed in Iraq
Sixteen suspected members of rebel cleric Moqtada Sadr's Mehdi Army were killed in eight running battles in the Baghdad Shia slum of Sadr City while insurgents bombed the convoy of the governor of Iraq's
 arrow GI faces court-martial over prison abuse
Stung by a worldwide outcry, the US military Sunday announced the first court-martial in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse allegations, ordering a reservist to face a public trial in Baghdad on May 19.


 arrow BJP top brass reviews political situation
Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani and Finance Minister Jaswant Singh yesterday reviewed the political situation as the fourth and final phase of polling for Lok Sabha
 arrow 'Torture in US-run jails not isolated incidents'
Torture, abuse and humiliation of prisoners is widespread in US-run detention centers in Iraq, and not limited to a few cases, non-governmental organisations in Iraq and an American Christian group said
 arrow Mandela blasts US, UK over Iraq war
South African freedom hero Nelson Mandela yesterday harshly criticized Britain and the United States over the war in Iraq, saying South Africa, by contrast, provided inspiration to the world.
 arrow Amnesty warned UK about torture a yr ago
The British government was told a year ago of allegations that British troops had tortured Iraqi prisoners, the human rights group Amnesty International said Sunday, contradicting claims that the charges
Editorialarrow Editorial: Saifur's swipe at donors
We are in general agreement with the finance minister that elected governments should not take orders from donor nations or anyone else.
 arrow Editorial: Terror to tide over terror?
A private armed group has reportedly been assisting the police to rid the four northwestern districts of Bangladesh of the scourge of 'Sarbaharas'.
 arrow What are the signposts of a failed state?
The debate over failed states started in the early nineties. According to one estimate, "failed states have killed about eight million people, most of them civilians, and displaced another four million.
 arrow Not a healthy concoction
If Pakistan voted in our election, Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would have swept the polls. He is extremely popular in that country.
Letters to Editorarrow Proshika and politics
The government is yet to gather hard evidence of any conspiracy against the state by leading NGO Proshika, even after police raided its headquarters twice .
 arrow Israeli occupation must end
I do no know what to say. The surprise policy shift on the Middle East by the United States has made me flabbergasted and apprehensive of its consequences.


 arrow American soldiers
Behaviour under combat conditions exactly reflect the morale, training and effectiveness of command channel. Intruders in Iraq are inadvertently showing their true colours through dastardly acts.
 arrow Why terrorism ?
In his letter "Contain terrorism" (DS, April 28), Mr.
 arrow Abused domestic help
Each and every person should have the right to live safely. The educated people of our society clamour for the rights of freedom for everyone. But the reality is different.
 arrow Divider debacle!
Building and rebuilding dividers have been a common sight in Dhaka for a good period of time. The latest package of this divider game is going on at present.
 arrow Military sans etiquette
We are extremely shocked and appalled at the felonies of US military in Iraq. The Iraqi prisoners have been abused by the coalition soldiers.
 arrow Widening roads
Road widening work from Airport to Uttara area is going on in full swing and carpeting work has already started in some places.