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Front Pagearrow Little growth in next year's ADP
The Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the next fiscal year beginning July has been proposed to be set at Tk 21,475 crore, a meagre 5.78 percent higher than this year's development outlay.
 arrow Govt drops provision for interim local govt chief
The government last night withdrew from the proposed 14th constitution amendment bill the controversial provision for appointing interim administrators to elected local government bodies on expiry oftheir
 arrow Congress, allies sweep in Andhra, BJP jolted
India's ruling Hindu nationalists were jolted yesterday when their largest partner was crushed in state elections, compounding fears that national polls held at the same time will end in a hung parliament.
 arrow Polls reform key to fighting graft
World Bank's Vice-president for South Asia Praful C Patel sees electoral financial reform as a very vital element to prove the government's seriousness to deal with corruption and malpractices in polls.
 arrow Drop case or we dig out body
The assassins of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master are threatening to take away his body from the grave in an attempt to press the family into withdrawing the murder case.
 arrow WI tour opener today
Seventy-two hours of travelling had tested the physical limits of the Bangladesh cricket team when they landed at the ET Joshua Airport in St Vincent on Saturday afternoon.
 arrow AL on course to join JS today
The main opposition Awami League (AL) is likely to stage a comeback to parliament today as the Jatiya Sangsad goes into session this afternoon ending a 12-day recess to adopt an obituary reference onslain
 arrow HSC exams off to a clean start
For the first time in the country, only about 180 examinees were expelled for adopting unfair means on the first day of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations under the seven education boards
 arrow EPZ workers to vote on TU
Workers at the country's six export processing zones (EPZs) will vote to decide whether or not to have trade unions, according to a revised draft proposal agreed to by the finance ministry, US government
 arrow Proshika HQ raided again
Law enforcers arrested 12 Proshika employees in a raid on the non-governmental organisation's headquarters in Mirpur yesterday for attacking some of their disgruntled colleagues, who demonstrated allegedly
 arrow US, UK seek to limit abuse damage
The United States and its main Iraq war ally, Britain, sought Monday to limit fallout from the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal as a leaked report said the Red Cross alerted them months ago to such mistreatment.
 arrow 3 artillery units, 3 infantry battalions soon: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said three more artillery units, three infantry battalions, three field workshop companies and three field ambulance units would be commissioned soon to strengthen
 arrow Six Israeli troops blown up in Gaza
Palestinian militants yesterday blew up six Israeli soldiers riding in an explosives-packed troop carrier during a raid in the Gaza Strip in the deadliest ambush against Israeli forces in 18 months.
 arrow Ershad Shikder buried
Dreaded homicidal killer Ershad Shikder was buried at Tootpara graveyard at 9:53 yesterday morning after Khulna District Jail authorities handed over the body to his first wife Khodeja Begum at 7:20am.
 arrow Zealots besiege Ahmadiyya mosque today
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat, Bangladesh (AMJB) yesterday expressed concern for the security of its followers in Patuakhali town as religious bigots have threatened to lay siege to their mosque there.
 arrow Lender throws acid on 3 of a family failing to grab land
A lender threw acid on three members of a family including a seven-year-old boy at Singair in Manikganj yesterday after allegedly failing to grab the land on which their house stands.
 arrow O, A levels examinees fear hartal fallout
Guardians of O-level and A-level examinees are wary of hartals interrupting the examinations in the wake of the latest political uncertainty over the assassination of an opposition lawmaker.
 arrow ADB to fund 2 power units
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide fund to set up two power generation plants each with 450 megawatt at Sirajganj and Meghnaghat in Siddhirganj.
 arrow AL asks govt to withdraw press note
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday asked the government to withdraw what it said is the false, baseless and motivated press note on the killing of AL lawmaker Ahsanullah Master and demanded
 arrow PBCP kills four rival outlaws
Suspected underground operatives of the outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP) yesterday killed four members of a rival extremist group and seriously injured another at Ataikula of Sadar upazila.
 arrow Alliance picks Falu, Momin for by-polls
The ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday nominated Prime Minister's Political Secretary Mosaddak Ali Falu and Momin Ali as candidates of the ruling four-party alliance for the June 6 parliamentary
 arrow US to slap sanctions on Syria this week
President George W. Bush will this week impose sanctions on Syria for allegedly supporting terrorism and failing to close its border with Iraq to forces targeting US troops there, a US official said Monday.
 arrow Black Ruby

 arrow Election tribunals formed
The Election Commission (EC) has constituted election tribunals to settle disputes relating to the just concluded pourasabha polls.
 arrow Abdul Mannan files nomination...

Businessarrow Corruption, poor law and order retard FDI
Corruption and poor law and order coupled with dearth of infrastructure and port facilities retard foreign investment in Bangladesh, speakers at a Danish trade promotion seminar observed in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow SEC tightens rule of categorising cos
The companies that default on dividend disbursement have no chance to get promoted to higher categories as from the next month the upgradation will be made only after full disbursement of dividend within
 arrow Bangladesh, EC discuss post-MFA challenges
The European Commission and Bangladesh yesterday held fruitful discussions on challenges of the post-Multi-fibre Arrangement (MFA) era and the ways and means to evolve appropriate trade policy to overcome
 arrow Nitol, Absco form jt venture to launch fixed line phone
OneTel Communications Ltd, a joint venture between Nitol Group and Absco Limited, plans to launch fixed line telephone in the country's western zone.
 arrow EU move puts pressure on Japan in WTO: Malaysia
The European Union's decision to drop its demand for negotiations on global competition and investment rules puts pressure on Japan to follow suit, a top Malaysian official said Monday.
 arrow Three-star hotel opens in Sylhet
A three-star hotel -- Rainbow Guest House -- was opened in Sylhet on Friday.

Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Badaruddin Ahmed Kamran formally inaugurated the hotel on Sunamganj Road, says a press release.

 arrow Prices ease at Ctg tea sale
The weekly tea sale here yesterday witnessed a little more interest from the blenders, but international buyers were less forceful.
 arrow $17m spot orders received from Brussels seafood fair
Bangladeshi exhibitors in the recently held seafood exhibition in Belgium received $17 million worth of spot orders.
 arrow Singer signs deal with CDBL to de-mat paper shares
Singer Bangladesh Limited yesterday signed an agreement with the Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL) for de-matting its shares for settlement under Central Depository System (CDS).
 arrow Mongolian envoy calls on Altaf
Newly appointed Mongolian Ambassador to Bangladesh Jantsan Gulgou called on Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury at the latter's office yesterday.
 arrow Fresh hopes seen for revival of trade talks
Developing and developed nations have neared consensus on several contentious trade issues giving fresh hopes for the relaunch of the Doha Round of global talks, Malaysian's trade minister said here Monday.
 arrow US, Malaysia sign Tifa to set pace for free trade deal
The United States and Malaysia signed an agreement Monday setting up a special forum to address trade issues, Washington's fifth such pact with export-driven Southeast Asian nations.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Beximco win a thriller
The Cup stage of the Grameen-Phone Corporate Cricket League sprang to life after a jejune start when Beximco pulled off an exciting one-wicket victory over fancied Bangladesh Biman at the BangabandhuNational
 arrow Cricket: CALYPSO COCKTAIL
The Venetians are reputed to be the most hospitable and friendliest people in the Caribbean and it's not too difficult to feel that once you set foot on the island.
 arrow Cricket: 'The evil still there'
International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Malcolm Speed said Monday that the four-year fight against match-fixing has controlled the menace but not eliminated it permanently.
 arrow Football: His last chance
Diego Maradona faces a last chance to cure himself of drug addiction after being forced to enter a private clinic against his wishes, his personal doctor says.
 arrow Football: Owen makes Anfield pledge
England striker Michael Owen pledged he would still be playing for Premiership giants Liverpool next season.
 arrow Football: 'Calamity Kahn'
Germany's Oliver Kahn is widely regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in world football but recent lapses in high-profile matches have seen his reputation wane at home and abroad.
 arrow Cricket: Rebels axed, to sue ZCU
Twelve white Zimbabwe cricketers are to sue the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) after being sacked on Monday and will issue a writ in a few days time alleging breach of contract.
 arrow Football: Hammam wants Blatter's job
Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar said on Monday that his ambition is to become the next president of world soccer's governing body FIFA when his "good friend" and incumbent Sepp Blatter eventually steps down.
 arrow Cricket: Baptism by fire
Bangladesh begin their Caribbean tour today with a one-day match at St. Vincent against a West Indies Cricket Board XI.


 arrow Cricket: Gazi Tank turn CityCell off
Opener Ali Nishan hit a century to steer Gazi Tank into the Plate semifinal of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League with a 60-run victory over CityCell at the Fatullah Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Big win for Friends
Friends Club inflicted a massive 132-run defeat on City Corporation Juniors in the relegation league of the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket League at the MA Aziz Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Minister sick, no meeting
The proposed meeting between State Minister for Youth and Sports Fazlur Rahman and Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) was postponed yesterday due to the minister's illness.
 arrow Cricket: Match-fixing fears desert Abu Dhabi!
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed that the proposed exhibition tie between India and Pakistan in Abu Dhabi was not permitted because of match-fixing fears.
 arrow Chess: Zia keeps his lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman continued his solo lead with 5.
 arrow Tennis: Nat'l jr tennis
Prithul moved into the boys' (Under-17) singles semifinals of the National Junior Tennis Cham-pionship defeating Delwar Hossain 6-0, 6-3 at the Ramna National Tennis Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: Dhaka ride on Moloy
Dhaka reached the final round of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship with a solitary goal win over Rajbari at the Gopalganj Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Schools handball
Eleven matches were held in the 14th Bata schools handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Botham calls for Hussain's head
England great Ian Botham has called on the selectors to drop Nasser Hussain and bring in a new middle-order batsman.
Nationalarrow A laudable initiative
It was a unique occasion. In the first such event in the country, a big bidi factory released 200 children from hazardous jobs and signed an agreement not to employ children any more.
 arrow Syedpur Rly Workshop to be modernised
Overwhelmed with the success of Bangladesh engineers, Communi-cations Minister Barrister Nazmul Huda has said the Syedpur Railway Workshop will be modernised and its carriage construction unit reopened.
 arrow Suspension of Surma hanging bridge project triggers protests
Suspension of a government decision to construct a hanging bridge to replace the 68-year old Keane Bridge over Surma river in Sylhet city has triggered widespread agitation in the district.
 arrow Uplift programme in Gaibandha faces setback
The Food for Works Village Infrastructure Renovation Progra-mme in Sundarganj upazila faces setback due to disagreement between the local member of parliament (MP) and the union parishad (UP) chairmen
 arrow 20 hurt in Jhenidah post-polls violence
Twenty people were injured in a post-polls clash at Kabirpur village of Sailkupa upazila in Jhenidah district on Monday.
 arrow AL MP killing slated
The Savar unit of the Awami League (AL) and the Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (RUTA) condemned the killing of AL lwamaker Ahsanullah Master.
 arrow 31 trauma victims treated
The Bangladesh Rehabilitation Centre for Trauma Victims (BRCT) on Monday treated the victims who were tortured by the joint forces during the 'Operation Clean Heart' Here.
 arrow Tk 8.60 lakh smuggled goods seized, 4 held
The Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans of 7 Rifles Battalion, Sarail arrested four persons and recovered a huge quantity of smuggled goods worth about 8,61,086 taka in a month.
 arrow Piracy on the Brahmaputra
Pirates on Monday looted cash and goods worth one and a half lakh taka from a merchant boat at Putimari here along the Brahmaputra basin.

Seven persons were also injured.

 arrow 22 held in B'baria
Brahmanbaria police in a special drive arrested 22 persons from different parts of the district within 24 hours.

The arrested were absconding for a long period.

 arrow Appeal for help
Rezaul Karim Reza, a social worker of Kurigram district and a former athlete of Kurigram District Sports Association is now suffering from blood cancer.
Point-Counterpointarrow Child of the Raj
I was saddened to learn of the death in 1998 of the British writer Rumer Godden because her works have afforded me many hours of pleasurable reading.
 arrow Hydro-politics a BJP election stunt
There is more to India's river interlinking project than meets the eye! The whole of South Asia is now mired in a controversy centering on the interlinking of rivers in the northeast quadrant of India.
Culturearrow Nazrul's anniversary celebration begins
The present time marks a significant phase in our cultural life as we are observing the birth anniversaries of our two most loved poets--Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow A playwright with a string of hits
After the successful introduction of the package programme, Pantha Shahriar is among the few young talented artistes who has established himself as a playwright, director, and performer.
 arrow Band music at the BUET auditorium

 arrow Arun Choudhury scores again
The album Hoyto Tomar Janno was released recently and has received popular acclaim. Composed and written by Arun Choudhury, a playwright and director, the album has 10 different songs.
Generalarrow Local govt heads reject interim chief provision
Leaders of local government associations yesterday rejected as undemocratic the government's proposed provision for nominating one of the members of the elected local government body as interim administrator
 arrow Mobile soil testing lab to be set up in 6 divisional cities
A decision to set up mobile soil testing laboratories in six divisional cities to balance soil fertility and boost agricultural production was taken in a pre-budget meeting yesterday.
 arrow One gets death for killing
A Dhaka Court yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing Shafiqul Islam alias Tota of Nawabganj upazila on September 10 in 2001.
 arrow DUTP hands over 16 motor vehicles to DMP
Dhaka Urban Transport Project (DUTP) handed over 16 motor vehicles to the traffic department of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) at a function at Nagarbhaban in the city yesterday.
 arrow Tullow accepts share transfer to Niko
Irish Tullow Oil has accepted the transfer of US energy giant Chevron-Texaco's 60 percent share in the country's Block 9 to Canadian Niko Resources Ltd.
 arrow Election tribunals formed
The Election Commission (EC) has constituted election tribunals to settle disputes relating to the just concluded pourasabha polls.
 arrow President assents to Narcotics Control Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to 'The Narcotics Control (Amendment) Bill, 2004.'

The Bill was passed in the current 11th session of the eighth Jatiya Sangsad, says an official handout.

 arrow Hearing on charge-framing May 26
A Dhaka Court has fixed May 26 for hearing on charge-framing against Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul and five others in the Alam Pramanik murder case.
 arrow Water World opens today
Water World, the first ever water park in the country, will be opened to public today.

Having seven different water-related rides, the water world is an extension of the Nandan Park.

 arrow Arrest of killers demanded
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League (AL), yesterday blamed the BNP-Jamaat alliance government for the killing of lawmaker Ahsanullah Master and demanded immediate
 arrow MOU signed
City University and Tauheed's Academy signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday on higher education facilities, says a press release.

City University Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. M.

Internationalarrow Honduras begins troop withdrawal from Iraq
Honduras has begun its troop withdrawal from Iraq, as the first of its 369 soldiers arrived in Kuwait, Honduran President, Ricardo Maduro, announced in an interview broadcast early yesterday from Tokyo.
 arrow Cong terms Andhra results a revolution
Terming its victory march in Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections a silent revolution, Congress leader YS Rajasekhar Reddy has said that the Common man was vexed with TDP misrule.
 arrow Aid agencies to suspend operations in Nepal
Foreign development agencies said Monday they would suspend operations in Nepal affecting more than 55,000 poor people because of extortion by Maoist rebels and deteriorating security.
 arrow Prison abuse mars US bid to garner support for Iraq
The widening scandal of abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is denting Washington's bid to gain international support as it prepares to hand sovereignty back to Iraq on
 arrow UK soldiers killed Iraqi civilians: Amnesty
British soldiers have fired on and killed Iraqi civilians, including an eight-year-old girl, in situations where there was apparently no serious threat and in many cases the British army has not eveninvestigated
 arrow Bush's firm support for Rumsfeld may threaten his reelection bid
US President George W.
 arrow Bush's job rating dips, support for war down
President Bush's job approval rating has slipped to a new low and public support for the war in Iraq has declined, according to a poll released on Monday.
 arrow Arroyo, Poe in tight race in Philippines
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and actor Fernando Poe Jr.
 arrow Kerry collects signatures for Rumsfeld's resignation
Some 275,000 people have signed a petition launched by Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry calling for US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to resign over the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, his
 arrow Pakistan assures India it won't raise bilateral issues at ARF
Pakistan has assured India that it will not raise any bilateral disputes if it is allowed to join a regional security forum, an Indonesian foreign ministry official said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Rethink and reform politics
This year's BDF meeting stood out from the previous ones. There has been a marked stridency in the development partners' positioning on issues.
 arrow Editorial: Search body at last
The government has moved closer to setting up the much-awaited independent anti-corruption commission by forming a selection committee that will pick up the commissioners for it.
 arrow Iraq war gets dirtier with sadistic torture of prisoners
President Bush launched the Iraq war with a promise to Iraqi people of "no more torture chambers and rape rooms. The tyrant will soon be gone.
 arrow The Bush White House: Is it unravelling?
The world has just witnessed on live TV the astonishing spectacle of the appearance of Bush White House heavyweight Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld before a Senate Committee.
 arrow Why Palestine is burning: Apartheid by another name
The 60-percent negative vote in Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Likud Party referendum has upset his plan for Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip.
Letters to Editorarrow Beauty of summer
To me, the most significant feature of summer is full-bloomed krishnachura with its red and yellow coloured flowers. It is amazing to find the tree with all its beauty amidst the sultry summer.
 arrow Everest team-1
Thanks to Mr. Saif for the letter The Daily Star ran in its May 10 edition where he expressed concern about the 'Everest team-1'.
 arrow Safe motherhood
Every woman longs for motherhood. It gives a sense of fulfilment to them. She has to suffer much pain to become mother of a child (and may be a lot more hassles to bring up that brat!).
 arrow Un-American?
What are these Americans--Bush, Rumsfeld, the Generals, et eltalking about when they say that the activities depicted in the despicable photos showing criminal mistreatment of the Iraqi prisoners arenot
 arrow DS and politics
This refers to your recent commentaries .
 arrow Is it right?
Day by day, some public universities of Bangladesh are facing acute problems of session jam. This problem was always there because of student politics.
 arrow Corporate governance
All regulatory and professional bodies are now underlining the importance of corporate governance.
 arrow Today's world
Very recently, we observed the holy day Eid-e-Miladunnabi, which marks the birth of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM). Our dearest Prophet always fought for the establishment of human rights.
 arrow The killers must be punished
We have no words to console his nearest and dearest ones at this moment of grief. We extend our deepest sympathy and sincerest condolence to the bereaved members of his family on his premature death.
 arrow Double standards
Millions of Americans settle into the couch with bowls of popcorn and diet cola in the complete safety of their living room, enjoying the colour images of American troops fighting the just war, then comes
 arrow AL to join parliament
Yes, you read it right. The AL has decided to join the parliament. But there is no reason to have any illusion that good sense has dawned on the leaders of the AL after the deadline debacle.
 arrow Where is Saddam?
Where's Saddam Hussain? Is he watching his children's getting humiliated and assaulted by the Americans and their allies? He gave himself up to the Americans without putting up a fight, he didn't sacrifice
 arrow Rooppur Nuclear Power Project
I was reading the internet edition of The Daily Star sitting here in Japan. The letter 'Rooppur nuclear project' written by a citizen drew my attention.
 arrow Killing of MP
Ahsanullah Master MP was no ordinary politician; he was the voice of the working people of the country.
 arrow Examples of civilised behaviour
The latest pictures of torture, humiliation, war-crimes and human rights abuse in Iraq by the "liberators" are of course sickening but nothing unexpected. I mean, this is what America does everywhere.
 arrow Restoration of law and order
Law and order situation in the country is simply alarming. Despite its sincere Efforts, the BNP-led government has failed to restore law and order to any reasonable level.
 arrow Assurance only!
A few months back I purchased a pair of sandals worth 400 taka from a shop at the Elephant Road. But unfortunately the pair lasted only 5 days. I was a bit shocked, because it was totally unexpected.
 arrow Who is going to be the next victim?
A selfless, patriotic and populist leader, Ahsanulla Master MP of the AL, who had proved himself as a champion of ballot and won the respect of rival political leaders, became the victim of the bullets
StarTecharrow Exploring the base of Bangla in computers
WITH the development of software and fonts in Bangla to make the process of communication faster and easier among the local community, it is expected that people will become user-friendly using locallanguage.
 arrow Jetro report on software industry
JAPAN External Trade Organisation (Jetro) Dhaka, the official trade and investment promotion agency of the Japan government set up in 1973, has recently published a survey report on Bangladesh's software
 arrow Sony takes aim at Apple but iPod seen safe for now
SONY Corp has created a buzz with the unveiling of a new digital music player, but analysts say it has a long way to go before it challenges the industry dominance of Apple Computer's popular iPod.
Star Chittagongarrow Tk 454 crore housing projects in the offing
Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has taken up three housing projects worth Tk 454 crore to set up urban villages on 422 acres of land in the northern suburbs.
 arrow Turning a Blind Eye
Construction of the much-coveted bridge on the river Shankha to link coastal upazila of Banshkhali with Chittagong city remained suspended for over two years to the utter disappointment of the people
 arrow Hot spell makes life miserable
The persistent hot spell coupled with perennial water crisis and fickle power supply has made life miserable in the port city.
Star Cityarrow Grand mosque's grand plan still stalled
Beautification and expansion of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque have yet to begin nearly two-and-a-half years after the Saudi government agreed to finance a proposed project

Under the memorandum ofunderstanding

 arrow Banning of honking delayed again
Plans to introduce legislation banning the use of hydraulic horns in motor vehicles have been put on hold for the moment as the department of environment (DoE) has sought public opinion on the proposed
 arrow Back to Square One

 arrow DTCB to fund second phase from Ashulia to Kanchpur Bridge
Dhaka Transport Coordination Board (DTCB) will fund the extension of a circular waterway project up to Kanchpur Bridge that will integrate the city's waterways.
 arrow Draft of consumer protection act awaits approval
The draft of the Consumer Protection Act 2004, aimed at curbing the price hike of essentials, will be sent to the cabinet in a week.

"We worked on the draft and it is ready for handover to the cabinet.

 arrow Futile Drive