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Front Pagearrow Congress triumphs in India polls
The Gandhi political dynasty in India is all set to storm into power with the help of resurgent communists and its poll allies after it was handed a stunning victory against ruling Hindu nationalists.
 arrow Cut defence budget to perk up police
Leading economists at a pre-budget consultation yesterday suggested to Finance Minister Saifur Rahman to cut defence spending and invest the money to strengthen law-enforcing agencies in order to improve
 arrow JS probe accuses 24 firms of gas theft
A parliamentary probe body yesterday accused at least 24 industries of gas pilferage and asked the ministry to fine and take legal actions against the companies.
 arrow Hasina demands impartial probe
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday categorically blamed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for the killing of her party lawmaker Ahsanullah Master.
 arrow Another shrine pond poisoned
Unknown miscreants poisoned yet another pond at a shrine on the edge of the port city on Wednesday night, less than 36 hours after the pond of Hazrat Bayezeed Bostami shrine was poisoned, in the third
 arrow Tigers start with win
The Bangladesh cricket team caught the imagination of the locals here after a fighting three-wicket win against the West Indies Cricket Board XI in their tour opener at the Arnos Vale ground on Wednesday.
 arrow Biman pilots stick to strike
Domestic and international flights of Biman Bangladesh Airlines were either suspended or delayed yesterday for the second consecutive day as the pilots continued their strike to press for their demands.
 arrow Khaleda, Hasina greet Sonia
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday congratulated Congress President Sonia Gandhi on her party's emergence as the single-largest party in the Lok Sabha elections.
 arrow Politicians hail Congress win as a boost for secularism
Politicians in Bangladesh have hailed Congress Party's stunning electoral sweep in neighbouring India yesterday as a boost for secularism and a rejection of fundamentalism and communalism in India and
 arrow Spectacular win for Congress
It is a complete turnaround. The ruling National Democratic Alliance, led by Atal Behari Vajpayee, has been defeated convincingly.
 arrow DB men raid Proshika HQ, seize papers, video Cds
Police detectives yesterday seized documents, paper clippings, audio cassettes and video CDs in a raid on the Proshika headquarters in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow No progress in Ahsanullah murder case
The probe into the killing of opposition lawmaker Ahsanullah Master has made little headway with no-one of the killers tracked down even in seven days.
 arrow Woman's body in 9 parts found in Shyamoli
The body of a young woman in nine pieces, believed to have been killed a few days ago, was found at Shyamoli in Mohammadpur in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow City breeding epidemic by not treating excreta
The capital runs the risk of raging epidemics with its groundwater being increasingly infested with hordes of disease germs from untreated human excreta, a seminar in the city said yesterday.
 arrow Rumsfeld makes surprise Iraq trip
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday made a surprise visit to Baghdad, flying into the eye of the storm over Americans torturing prisoners that has sapped Washington's credibility in Iraq.
 arrow Fertiliser traders decry fare hike by light cargo vessels
Bangladesh Fertiliser Association (BFA) yesterday protested the arbitrary fare hike by the light cargo vessels which carry bulk items from the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port.
 arrow Up tobacco tax to deter smoking
Taxes on tobacco products manufactured in the country should be increased in the budget for next fiscal year as a step to banning the use of tobacco in phases.
 arrow New images shock US lawmakers
Members of the US Congress saw new images of violence and sexual humiliation from a US-run Iraqi prison on Wednesday in a closed viewing one lawmaker likened to a descent into "the wings of hell.
 arrow PM calls for steps to cut accident risks
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has called for measures in accident-prone areas, particularly in mills and factories, to reduce the risk of accident that causes disability

She made the call while speaking

 arrow Change of power in India won't affect ties: FM
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday welcomed Indian people's electoral verdict for a new government, saying that Bangladesh will work together with whoever holds power in New Delhi.
 arrow BCL activist shot dead; father, brother hurt in JCD attack
An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was shot dead and his father and elder brother were injured in an armed attack on their house allegedly by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) cadres at Amtoli
 arrow Tk 11 lakh mugged in Ctg
Muggers snatched about Tk 11 lakh from a distributor of Lever Brothers in broad daylight at Nasirabad Housing Society in the city yesterday morning.
 arrow 12 killed in Gaza raid
Israel killed 12 Palestinians in southern Gaza yesterday after back-to-back ambushes claimed the lives of 11 of its soldiers in the worst blow to the Middle East's mightiest army in two years.
 arrow Drizzle brings relief

 arrow EC to provide 105m euro for pry edn
The European Commission will provide 105 million euro equivalent to approximately Tk 7.
 arrow Bar Council election held
Bangladesh Bar Council election was held peacefully across the country yesterday, in which the BRTC chairman cast his vote in violation of rules.
 arrow BNP rally at Paltan May 19
The ruling BNP will hold a grand rally at Paltan Maidan on May 19 to observe the 23rd death anniversary of its founder, late president Ziaur Rahman, on May 30.
 arrow US asstt secy Rocca arrives May 18
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Christina Rocca will visit Bangladesh May 18 on a three-day visit to discuss trade, investment, human rights and minority rights.
Businessarrow MCCI to hold investors confce in Singapore
The Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI), Dhaka, will hold a "Bangladesh Investors Conference" in Singapore on May 20 aimed at attracting foreign investors and enhancing the country'simage
 arrow Two firms plan to import 700 CNG-run buses
Two companies plan to import 700 CNG-run buses of which 100 will be pressed into service this month and another 160 in the next three months.
 arrow Leasing cos seek similar facility for banks, FIs in loan provisioning
Financial institutions should get the same tax exemption facility now enjoyed by banks in making two percent provision for bad and doubtful debts, Bangladesh Leasing & Finance Companies Association (BLFCA)
 arrow Indian stocks rise on hopes of stable Congress government
Indian shares rose Thursday after results from India's general elections showed the opposition Congress party and its allies scoring a surprise upset election win, erasing market fears of instability.
 arrow BoJ chief warns against using forex to fix global economic imbalances
Japan's central bank chief on Thursday warned against using only currency rates to correct global economic imbalances, arguing the solution was for Asia and Europe to gain strength to match the United
 arrow Gillette slogan competition winners awarded
Gillette Bangladesh Ltd yesterday awarded winners of a slogan writing competition titled 'Gillette Blue II-Win Your Car', which was run from October to December last year.
 arrow Telekom Malaysia submits telecoms proposals to govt
Telekom Malaysia International Ltd, major stakeholder of TM International (Bangladesh) Ltd, service provider of Aktel mobile phone, recently submitted a set of proposals on telecoms sector to the government.
 arrow EU asks rich, developing states to offer LDCs duty-free access
The European Union has called upon all developed and advanced developing countries to offer duty-free and quota-free treatment to all imports from the least developed countries (LDCs).
 arrow New MD of SABINCO
Md Minhaz Zia recently joined Saudi-Bangladesh Industrial and Agricultural Investment Company Limited (SABINCO) as managing director.
 arrow Citigroup to buy Principal Residential Mortgage
Citigroup has announced that it would acquire Principal Residential Mortgage Inc (PRMI), one of the largest independent mortgage servicers in the US, says a press release.
 arrow Trade talks need support of developing states to succeed
US trade representative Robert Zoellick called Wednesday on big developing countries to play their part in getting stalled global trade liberalisation talks off the ground.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Incredible run-feast
Pakistani Fahad-ullah smashed a terrific century and Halim Shah for a change moved from being a lethargic scorer with a pugnacious half-century as ARAF Apparels posted a 16-run victory against Beximco
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
With a victory in the tour opener to boost their spirit, Bangladesh came out all guns blazing in the joint official press conference too when coach Dav Whatmore and captain Habibul Bashar handled thelocal
 arrow Cricket: High performance BCB

In a bid to raising the performance levels of its cricketers to international standards, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to launch a high performance training programme later this

 arrow Cricket: Second Test from today
Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan will be bidding to increase his world record wicket tally as Sri Lanka look to heap further misery on a second-string Zimbabwe team when the second Test starts in Bulawayo
 arrow Cricket: ICC Dubai-bound?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) is considering re-locating its headquarters from Lord's after 95 years to Dubai.
 arrow Cricket: ACC looks for sponsors
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Wednesday formalised a deal with Sri Lanka to host the six-nation Asian Cup, saying they hoped to finalise television rights and sponsors within 10 days.
 arrow Tennis: Coria goes on
Guillermo Coria had a tough struggle before extending his unbeaten run to 28 matches on clay and reaching the third round in defence of his title in the Masters Series tournament.
 arrow Cricket: Hasibul has successful head op
Young wicketkeeper Hasibul Haque Babel had a successful head operation on Wednesday night at the city's Ibn Sina Hospital, Bangladesh Cricket Board advisor Mahbub Anam said yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: SL coming on November 8
The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday confirmed the itinerary of Sri Lanka's tour of Bangladesh in November this year.

Sri Lanka, in their first full tour, will play two Tests and three one-dayinternationals.

 arrow Football: Gazipur in zonal final
Hosts Gazipur moved into the zonal final when they dumped Kishoreganj out of the Sher-e-Bangla 22nd National Football Championship with a massive 7-1 victory at the Gazipur Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg cricket
One-down batsman Wasel's superb 134 and opener Rubel's unbeaten 117 propelled Satabdi Gosthi to a huge 143-run win over City Corporation Junior in the Relegation League of the CJKS-Ispahani Premier Cricket
 arrow Chess: Zia going great guns
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman maintained his solo lead in the points table after the ninth round of the 7th United Insurance International Masters Chess Tournament yesterday.

Zia leads the table with 8.

 arrow Basketball: Army b'ball
Rangpur Area team won the Bangladesh Army Basketball Championship, which concluded at the Bogra Cantonment on Wednesday.

They defeated Savar Area team 63-62.

 arrow Football: Saints send Reds to Europe
Liverpool were handed fourth place in the Premiership and the final qualifying spot for next season's Champions League after rivals Newcastle were held to a 3-3 draw by Southampton here.
 arrow Football: Cameroon lose kit plea
Cameroon have lost their appeal against FIFA's decision to dock the country six World Cup qualifying points as a punishment for wearing a one-piece kit in this year's African Nations Cup.
 arrow Football: Italian Cup Lazio's
Lazio came back from two goals down to lift the Italian Cup for the fourth time with a 2-2 draw at Juventus in the second leg to secure a 4-2 aggregate victory.
 arrow Football: Within Lyon's reach
Two-time defending champions Lyon are just one victory away from achieving a hattrick of titles after a goal from Brazilian midfielder Juninho Pernambucano gave them a 1-0 victory over Bastia.
 arrow Football: Invincibility beckons Arsenal
The last time a team dominated English football as Arsenal have done this season, Jack the Ripper was stalking the streets of London.
Metropolitanarrow Daily Star-Astech English debate contest begins in Ctg today
A five-day The Daily Star-Astech Inter-school English Debate Competition begins in the port city today.

Vice-Chancellor of BGC Trust University Prof.

 arrow Correction
The Daily Star carried a news item headlined 'Jayanti Reza murder: Order on charge-framing May 15' on the metropolitan page on May 11 which read "A Dhaka Court yesterday fixed May 15 for order on charge-framing
Point-Counterpointarrow The Ship and the Wave
One of the profoundly pro-poor projects that I have ever visited is the Seed Health Improvement Project (SHIP).
Culturearrow 'Music is not for entertainment only', says Abdul Hadi
Syed Abdul Hadi has been a major talent in our music arena for nearly 45 years.
 arrow Shilpakala holds Dance Drama Festival
Every art media has its own essence for which it is always being identified separately among all art forms. Shilpakala Academy aspired to hold a dance drama festval.
 arrow Shaheen Samad: preserving the Nazrul legacy
Shaheen Samad is among the select few artistes who have devoted their efforts to spreading Nazrul songs at home and abroad.
 arrow Nazrul Sangeet conference ends
Paying tribute to the Rebel Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam should not be confined to only his birth and death anniversary celebrations; the true essence of his works should permeate to the masses.
Generalarrow JS body report drops local govt provision
The parliamentary standing committee on law, justice and parliamentary affairs ministry yesterday submitted its report on the Constitution (14th Amendment) Bill, 2004 with a recommendation to abolishits
 arrow FM dismisses India's camp claims
Foreign Minister Morshed Khan yesterday dismissed India's frequent allegations of Indian terrorists' camps in Bangladesh as fictitious.
 arrow 4 to die for killing girl after gangrape
A court here on Wednesday sentenced four persons to death for killing a minor girl of Muksudpur upazila of Gopalganj district on June 25 in 1998 after gangrape.
 arrow Mahi accuses Sinha of violating election code of conduct
Mahi B Chowdhury, a candidate of Bikalpa Dhara for Munshiganj-1 by-election, has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission accusing State Minister for Health Mizanur Rahman Sinha of violating the
 arrow RU students stage sit-in
General students of Rajshahi University (RU) yesterday staged a sit-in in front of the vice-chancellor's residence and demanded cancellation of controversial recruitment of 544 university staff and immediate
 arrow Nirmul blasts Nizami's remarks on Surya Sen
Ekattarer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee yesterday accused Jamaat Amir Motiur Rahman Nizami of slandering Masterda Surya Sen, a valiant freedom fighter during the British colonial rule.
 arrow Govt urged to keep provision of direct election
Sammilito Nari Samaj (SNS) yesterday once again urged the government to keep provision of direct election to reserved seats for women in parliament before passing the bill that provides 45 reserved seats
 arrow Charges farmed against four
A tribunal in Dhaka yesterday farmed charges against four accused in the Mishel Murder Case.

The four accused are Shoeb alias Sohel, Mohammad Shahin, Mohammad Hanif and Momtaj Mall alias Jamai Momtaj.

 arrow Women urged to join active politics to ensure rights
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday called on women to involve themselves actively in the mainstream of politics to ensure their wider role in parliamentary affairs and development activities.
 arrow Transport strike in Sylhet May 16
Sylhet Zila Sarak Paribahan Malik Sramik Oikya Parishad has called a daylong strike in the district on May 16 to press home its 6-point demand.
 arrow Aziz Bahini chief, his bodyguard on 3-day remand
The chief of infamous Aziz Bahini and chargesheeted principal accused in Raozan Buddhist monk murder case along with his body guard were placed on a three-day remand here yesterday.
 arrow Retired govt officials may be appointed as teachers
Retired government officials are going to fill the vacancy of teachers in schools and colleges, hinted Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman in a meeting with economists yesterday.
 arrow C'wealth Society team calls on president
A delegation of Commonwealth Society of Bangladesh called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday.
 arrow Referral lab to be set up to control standard of pathological tests
Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said a referral laboratory would be set up to improve and control the standard of pathological tests.
 arrow 1191 more held
Police arrested 1,191 people during the countrywide drive on various charges in last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
 arrow Youth shot dead in Chittagong
A youth was gunned down by unidentified assailants at Bhujpur in Fatikchhari in the early hours of yesterday.

The dead was identified as Osman Gani alias Shahabu, 28, son of Shaleh Ahmed.

 arrow DUPDAA executives
Syed Marghub Murshed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, and Rezaul Haq Chowdhury Mushtaq, chairman of Harbour Shipping Agency Ltd.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The majesty of democracy
In a stunning reversal of fortunes, the BJP-led NDA coalition government in India has been voted out of power.
 arrow Editorial: AL's return to parliament
It was good to see the opposition Awami League back in parliament. Now we hope it will not just be a token attendance to save their membership of parliament.
 arrow Playing with fire
There is a long-held and deeply cherished conviction among Bangladeshi Muslims that we are a tolerant and moderate people.
 arrow Firing Rumsfeld would show Bush is sorry
George Bush has said sorry for the obscene treatment of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of US soldiers in the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.
 arrow Global terrorism: rhetoric vs reality
The global "war on terror" unleashed by the United States in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11 is often depicted as a war on Islamic extremism.
Letters to Editorarrow Barbarism in Iraq
Once the myths and legends of weapons of mass destruction had evaporated, the coalition forces claimed instead that this was a war to liberate the Iraqi people -- to overthrow an unpopular and tyrannical
 arrow Ahsanullah Master's Janaza
I would like to know why the ruling coalition decided against sending any representatives to Ahsanullah Master's Janaza held last Saturday.
 arrow Think about your life
Mohammad Badrul Ahsan compels us to rethink about life and the actions we take, in his Cross Talk 'Think about your life' (DS 7/5/04). He did not bring up these matters for the first time.
 arrow Extinction of animals
Any living being on earth dies after a certain period. But now-a-days animals are being eliminated ruthlessly . Animals live safely in the forests.
 arrow BBC poll
Since BBC announced the results of its opinion poll to determine "who is the greatest Bengalee of all time", a lot of letters have been written in DS for and against the results.
 arrow Report the truth
We have heard and read enough against our journalist brethren who fear to call a spade a spade and forget objective journalism, like some of their western comrades! In the guise of nationalism and hatred
 arrow BDF conclave
The three-day BDF meeting has ended with stern provisions imposed by the donor agencies.
 arrow Attack on Ahmadiyyas
I was alarmed to read about an impending attack by fundamentalists on the Ahmadiyya community of Patuakhali.
 arrow Bangla Bhai and police administration
Lawlessness has engulfed a large part of Rajshahi, Natore and Naogaon districts with the emergence of a self-proclaimed Islamic militant group just over a month ago.
 arrow Unutilised Cancer machine at DMCH
The news items on the above subject in your daily (May 10) has drawn my attention. It is a pity to see such irresponsible behaviour of the DMC management. The statement of the doctors cannot be anexcuse.
 arrow "Cops back jungle rule in north-west"
This refers to the front-page news item on May 6, 2004, under the above-mentioned heading . The biggest problem that our country is confronting now is the unprecedented slide in law and order.
 arrow Ershad Shikder's execution
The execution of this notorious criminal may appear to be a triumph for justice.
 arrow US marines
I do not know where Syeda Akthar gets her information from, but many of the facts in her letter about the US marines are not right. First of all, the US marines are not less privileged than the army.
 arrow Finance minister's remarks
Thanks for your balanced views expressed in your editorial dated May 11, 2004, regarding Finance Minister Saifur Rahman's remarks on elected governments taking orders from donor nations.


Environmentarrow Revitalising wastewater management for Dhaka
Traditionally little attention has been paid to the management of wastewater in our country.
Worldarrow Jubilant Congress celebrates win
Ecstatic supporters of India's Congress party danced to thumping Hindi pop on car tops, flashed victory signs and waved flags across New Delhi after their surprise win in national elections.
 arrow Neglecting the poor spelt doom for NDA
The stunning election loss suffered yesterday by India's ruling Hindu nationalists was the price paid for their focus on the surging urban economy instead of the rural masses, analysts said.
 arrow Communists taste victory in Kolkata after 15 years
Repeatedly shunned by the voters in the metropolis in the past few Lok Sabha elections, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) today (May 13, 2004) caused a major upset by wresting the prestigious Calcutta
 arrow Vajpayee's biggest defeat at peak of popularity
Ironically the biggest defeat of his political career came when Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was at the peak of his popularity as a statesman and a leader with pan-India appeal.
 arrow Pakistan hopes peace process will continue
Pakistan expressed hope yesterday that the shock election defeat of Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee would not hinder the peace process he kickstarted between the rival nuclear-armed states.
 arrow Bollywood Scores Again
Veteran actor and politician Sunil Dutt did not let down his party Congress and won again in Mumbai North-West.
 arrow ICRC hands US critical report on Guantanamo prison: Officials
The International Committee of the Red Cross has presented the US government with a new report that is critical of the treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior defense official said yesterday.
 arrow Norwegian envoy strikes deal with Tigers on talks
A top Norwegian envoy clinched an agreement with Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels on reviving peace talks and would make a formal announcement on the resumption shortly, the guerrillas said.
 arrow NAM urges UN to send peacekeepers to ME
The United Nations should deploy peacekeepers to prevent the Israeli-Palestinian conflict sliding into fully-fledged war, the chairman of the 117-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) said yesterday.
 arrow US abuse of Afghan prisoners 'systemic'
Mistreatment of prisoners by US military and intelligence personnel in Afghanistan is 'systemic', Human Rights Watch said yesterday, a day after the United States launched a probe into alleged abuse.
 arrow Syria for dialogue with US
Syrian Foreign Minister Faruq al-Shara urged Washington to open a dialogue with his government to address its concerns, saying the unilateral sanctions imposed Tuesday were in nobody's interest.
 arrow 'CIA employs harsh interrogation methods on al-Qaeda suspects'
The CIA employs harsh interrogation methods for top-level al-Qaeda members it has in detention and some agents are concerned about the potential consequences of their actions, the New York Times saidyesterday.
 arrow US loses credibility in ME
America is facing a huge loss of credibility across the Middle East, amid the release of photos showing US soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners, that could last for years, US analysts said this week.