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Front Pagearrow Constitution changed amid AL boycott
The Jatiya Sangsad passed the 14th constitution amendment bill yesterday with support from the Jatiya Party (Ershad) that surprisingly turned around on its position under alleged coercion by the ruling
 arrow The hidden face of Bangla Bhai gang
The new vigilante Islamic group, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), is no other than the Jama'atul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) that hit headlines last year after its armed men fought with policefor
 arrow Opposition parties meet Hasina, agree on new agitation
Key leaders of opposition parties at a meeting with Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday agreed to launch a fresh round of agitation to unseat the ruling coalition for what they said was its
 arrow Tigers show spirit again
Bangladesh were set a target of 125 to win in 25 overs in the rain-interrupted second One Day International by the West Indies in St Vincent yesterday.
 arrow Sonia likely to take office Wednesday
Indian prime minister-elect Sonia Gandhi and her new government are likely to be sworn in Wednesday after a hectic weekend sealing deals with allies and new partners, officials in her Congress party said.
 arrow JP's U-turn rankles party leaders
Jatiya Party's (Ershad) surprise change of mind on the 14th constitution amendment bill after opposing it since its introduction in the House has touched off rancour among its party leaders, sources said.
 arrow Govt orders arrest of Bangla Bhai
The government has instructed police to arrest Bangla Bhai, chief of Jagrata Muslim Janata, Bangladesh.
 arrow Police want to verify statements before arresting Jubo Dal leader
Police prefer to wait before moving to arrest Nurul Islam Sarkar, until the statements given by the three FIR-named accused linking the Jubo Dal leader to the killing of Ahsanullah Master are verified,
 arrow Biman probe confirms Hajj ticket scam
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday formed a committee to probe irregularities in ticket sales to Hajj pilgrims by some Biman officials and travel agencies and it detected irregularities involving Tk13.
 arrow WorldTel cleared to set up city phones
The telecoms regulator has cleared the way for UK-based WorldTel to launch 300,000 fixed-line telephones in the capital by next January under a licence it had obtained back in 2001 but could not utilise
 arrow Rumsfeld 'backed prisoner abuse'
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved a secret program that encouraged interrogation methods used at Abu Ghraib prison, where Iraqi prisoners were abused, The New Yorker magazine reported Saturday.
 arrow Petrobangla okays block 9 share sell-out
State-run Petrobangla has finally approved the transfer of Chevron-Texaco shares in the gas exploration block 9 to Canadian firm Niko Resources Ltd.
 arrow Bridge on Padma opens tomorrow
The country's second longest bridge named after Baul saint Lalon Shah opens to traffic tomorrow, connecting Kushtia and Pabna districts across the Padma River at Paksey.
 arrow Tk 3.5 crore in foreign currency seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport (ZIA) yesterday recovered Tk 3.5 crore in foreign banknotes from a bag abandoned by a smuggler in face of intense watch.
 arrow PM assures e-governance
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government has taken initiative to introduce e-governance at each tier of the administration in a bid to ensure sustainable development and good governance.
 arrow Three killed in N'ganj road accident
Three people including two college girls were killed and 40 others injured in a road accident at Araihazar in Narayanganj yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh scores lowest in S Asia teledensity
Bangladesh's teledensity is still the lowest in South Asia, so say statistics of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), released before the World Telecommunications Day today.

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 arrow Girl killed after gang-rape in Fatikchhari
Criminals on Saturday gang-raped and then killed a teenage girl in Fatikchhari reportedly for threatening to denounce them to police if they did not leave her father's house they had been using as a hideout.
 arrow Law ministry asks banks to pursue money loan cases
The law ministry has advised the commercial banks to pursue their cases with money loan courts, with a promise to lend every administrative co-operation to help them get resolved within the stipulated
 arrow Human chain...

 arrow Charge framed against MK Alamgir
A Dhaka court yesterday framed charges against former state minister for planning Dr Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and seven others in Janatar Mancha sedition case.
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara election camp under attack
Armed men assaulted campaigners of the Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) nominated candidate for by-election to Dhaka-10 constituency Major (retd) Abdul Mannan and damaged their vehicles Saturday afternoon.
 arrow Ten shops robbed in Bhola
Robbers looted 10 shops, including three jewellers, and took away valuables and cash reportedly worth about Tk 10 lakh in Daulat Khan in Bhola in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Heatwave to continue
The heatwave sweeping the country for the last few weeks will continue for some more days especially in Khulna and Rajshahi divisions, the met office said yesterday.
 arrow Wasa sets up 10 powerful pumps....

 arrow Blair's political troubles deepen
Speculation about the future of Tony Blair has intensified with an opinion poll showing waning support for the British prime minister and a newspaper saying top members of his cabinet have discussed his
 arrow Private spaceship almost in space
A privately built manned spacecraft has reached a record altitude of 211,000ft (64km) over California on one of its final tests before officially entering space.
Businessarrow Foreign trade instt starts full operation in July
Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI), a public-private think-tank aiming to develop expertise on global trade issues and enhance Bangladesh's trade negotiation capability, will start full operation
 arrow BPC launches BIMST-EC tourism campaign
Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) yesterday launched a yearlong promotional campaign for tourism focusing on BIMST-EC sub-region.
 arrow Soaring oil prices threaten Asia's airlines
Escalating jet fuel prices are threatening to clip the wings of Asian carriers just as they recover from last year's unprecedented travel slump brought on by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars)
 arrow Indonesian firm keen to set up assembling plant in Bangladesh
An Indonesian company that manufactures machinery for producing concrete bricks and hollow blocks may set up a plant in Bangladesh if local entrepreneurs show interest in the low-cost and environment-friendly
 arrow China gets thumbs up on measures to slow overheating economy
China used a gathering of Asia's financial elite here this weekend to calm jitters over the feared impact of state-authored measures to chill its overheating economy.
 arrow Donors seek more effective use of aid
Governments need to work harder to bring the benefits of Asia's robust economic growth to millions of poor people, top finance officials said Sunday, as donor countries sought reforms to ensure the more
 arrow Brac Concord awards summer offer winners
Brac Concord Lands Limited has awarded gold coins to 68 of its customers, who booked or bought plots from the land developer, under a special offer of the company during the last summer.
 arrow Nat'l furniture fair in Sept
A four-day national furniture fair will be held at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in Dhaka in September.
 arrow BASIC Bank introduces ReadyCash
BASIC Bank Limited has introduced ReadyCash card.
 arrow Himadri Ltd recommends 10pc dividend
The Board of Directors of Himadri Limited has recommended a 10 percent dividend for shareholders for the year ending December 31, 2003.
 arrow Developing nations face US, EU pressure in trade talks
Major developing countries belonging to the World Trade Organisation, which stood their ground against richer nations at a WTO ministerial meeting last year, are finding themselves under pressure after
Sportsarrow Cricket: Night to remember
It was as close as one-day matches get and the Tigers staged an outstanding fightback to almost take the first ODI against the West Indies but coach Dav Whatmore was still livid.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
They say that music never stops in the Caribbean and it has been evident everywhere.
 arrow Cricket: Razzaq laments luck
While Pakistan is still licking its wounds after the series loss to arch-rivals India on home soil last month, all-rounder Abdul Razzaq believes that luck was not on their side during the historic clash
 arrow Cricket: Stars coming to town
After a decent start and a few high vol-tage performances, the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket Lea-gue finally reaches its climax.
 arrow Cricket: Marvan, Kumar flay Zim
Two double centuries by Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu and Kumar Sangakkara left Zimbabwe floundering on the third day of the second Test at Queens Sports Club here on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: SL govt backs Murali
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahindra Rajapakse is all set to sue the International Cricket Council (ICC) over its decision to outlaw spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan's controversial "doosra" delivery.
 arrow Cricket: Howard backs off
Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Sunday backed away from the furore he ignited by calling Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan a chucker.
 arrow Cricket: Eng stick to WI heroes
England's selectors sprang no surprises when they announced their squad Sunday for the first Test against New Zealand starting at Lord's here on Thursday as they backed the side that thrashed West Indies
 arrow Football: N'ganj last qualifier
Narayanganj became the last qualifier for the final round of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship when they ousted hosts Gazipur in the tiebreaker yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Schools h'ball
Six matches were decided in the Maple leaf First Mini handball tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Boroichara Cricket Club moved into the semifinal of Abdul Latif Smriti cricket tournament defeating Hazipur Sporting Club by 154 runs at the Mithunkaral Musa playground yesterday.
 arrow Football: Arsenal untoucable
Arsenal defied Leicester's spirited attempts to tear up the script as they booked their place in history by completing an unbeaten sweep through the entire English Premiership season.
 arrow Football: Only the beginning
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is in no mood to rest on his laurels after his team became the first top-flight team in 115 years to finish the domestic football league season unbeaten.
 arrow Football: Time to say goodbye
An emotional Claudio Ranieri acknowledged roars of support from Chelsea fans and the applause of his players and said he would love to stay and finish the team building job started at Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Football: Money versus class
English football may never be quite the same again after a season in which the heights of Thierry Henry's talent and the depths of Roman Abramovich's pockets set new standards in the game.
 arrow Football: Waking up to a new dawn
South Africa will wake up on Sunday with a celebration party hangover and the daunting task of delivering Africa's first football World Cup in six years' time.
Factbox on highs and lows of the 2003-2004 season:

Thierry Henry wins this at a canter, having been voted player of the year by his peers and football writers.

Metropolitanarrow 'Lack of social security key hurdle for women journalists'
Speakers at a conference yesterday said lack of social security and familial problems are the key hurdles for women journalists in their professional advancement.
 arrow Bay View, Oxbridge, Ctg Int'l School win on second day
Bay View School, Oxbridge International School and Chittagong International School won their respective three sessions held on the second day of the five-day-long The Daily Star-Astech Group Inter-School
 arrow Transport strike observed in Sylhet
Bus, truck, minibus, auto-rickshaw and tempo remained off the streets as a transport owners and workers observed strike in Sylhet yesterday.
 arrow Hiramon Jewellers employee arrested
Police yesterday arrested an employee of the Hiramon Jewellers on charge of killing another staff of the shop in the city.
 arrow Injured journo sent to India for treatment
Shafiul Hoque Mithu, Pirojpur correspondent of the daily Janakantha, was sent to India for treatment.
Nationalarrow Outlaws moving to southern districts from SW region
Disturbed by fundamentalists under the banner of Jagrata Muslim Janata (JMJ) and law enforcers in the southwestern zone, outlaws known as Sarboharas are now taking shelter in southern Barisal division.
 arrow A police station in name only
The policemen have no speedboat, no vehicle, not even a motorcycle. They move in rickshaws and rickshaw vans on receipt of emergency call.
 arrow Outlaws claim responsibility, police bring murder charge
Police on Saturday recovered the severed head and two wrists of notorious Islami Chhtra Shibir (ICS) cadre Monwar Hossain Shoel alias 'cadre Shoel' from near the main gate of the university.
 arrow Diarrhoea kills 25 in Noakhali
Diarrhoea has taken a serious turn in the district, claiming 25 lives in last one month. The dead include seven children.

Over 5,000 have been attacked with the disease.

 arrow Aftab murder verdict tomorrow
Argument in the sensational Dr. Aftab Hossain Murder case was completed in the Speedy Trial Tribunal, Sylhet on Saturday.

The verdict will be pronounced tomorrow.

 arrow Gaibandha skipped from Internet network
Telephone and Internet subscribers at Gaibanda district town are deprived of facilities provided by the sophisticated optical fibre cable network for want of only a 20 km link between Gaibandha to Palashbari
 arrow UNO manhandled by UP chairman
A Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) was abused and manhandled by a Union Parishad chairman and his men for rebuking him earlier for felling timber trees from government land.
 arrow Power lines to BTTB, DPHE, Pourasabha snapped
The Power Development Board (PDB) yesterday snapped power supply to the DPHE (Department of Public Health and Engineering), BTTB (Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board) and Bandarban Pourashova asTk
Culturearrow A gripping documentary
To commemorate legendary singer Kalim Sharafi's 80th birth anniversary, Media Centre Limited organised a cultural programme and a première of a documentary based on the artiste at the National MuseumAuditorium
 arrow Dhaka Regional Disabled Children's Drama Festival 2004
Action on Disability and Development (ADD) Bangladesh arranged a street drama festival on the disabled children recently. The venue was the Shaheed Minar Premises.
 arrow Rabindra festival comes to an end in Tripura
A weeklong festival, held on the occasion of the 144th birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore in Tripura, India came to an end recently at the Rabindra Satabarshiki Bhawan.
 arrow Annual function of Scholastica Junior
The annual function of Scholastica Junior, Gulshan, Unit-I was held recently this month at the STM Hall, Uttara.
 arrow Ash to star with Douglas!
Latest rumours are that Michael Douglas will soon be coming to India to shoot his film Racing the Monsoon.
Internationalarrow Cong promises to keep foreign policy intact
India's incoming Congress-led government will maintain existing foreign policy, including ongoing peace talks with Pakistan, but will likely distance itself from Washington, a senior party leader said.
 arrow US military now trying to buy abused prisoners
At the Camp War Horse detention centre in Baguba, north of Baghdad, it is a surreal scene: US soldiers handing out cash to freed prisoners along with a note saying "You have not been mistreated.
 arrow Communists to focus reforms on the poor
India's communists, a key ally of the Congress Party that won national elections, says it wants to steer economic reforms towards the poor but is not opposed to foreign investment.
 arrow Sushma to quit her seat if Sonia becomes PM
Firebrand Hindu nationalist leader Sushma Swaraj threatened Saturday to quit her parliamentary seat if Italian-born Sonia Gandhi became Indian prime minister.
 arrow Israeli court gives green light to destruction of Rafah homes
The Israeli Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal by Palestinians against the army's plan to destroy hundreds more of their homes in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, judicial sources told AFP.
 arrow Europe will make own judgement on Syrian sanctions: Powell
The European Union "will make its own judgement," on whether to follow the United States in imposing sanctions on Syria, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said here yesterday.
 arrow US tanks enter Karbala
US tanks made a brief incursion Sunday into the Iraqi holy city of Karbala, approaching two of the most sacred shrines in Shiite Islam occupied by rebel militiamen, an AFP correspondent said.
 arrow Fresh foreign push to salvage Lankan peace
US and Japanese diplomats were leading a new push yesterday to kickstart talks between Sri Lanka's new government and Tamil Tiger rebels more than a year after negotiations stalled, officials said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Enhancing police capacity
The government has decided to go for a massive expansion of the police force.
 arrow Editorial: Disband the group
In our comments on the subject a few days ago we had expressed our apprehensions of deleterious consequences of using private armed groups in curbing another set of clandestine elements.
 arrow The AL's faux pass
The AL's pipe dream of toppling the country's elected government has been, as expected, ignominiously dashed, leaving the party's ranks and files crestfallen.
 arrow BJP whining
I am told that Atal Behari Vajpayee was against an early poll. It was N Chandrababu Naidu who pushed him into it.
 arrow Muslim Americans condemn the savage murder of Nicholas Berg
I have only one question for the butchers of American civilian Nicholas Berg: Did Nicholas Berg behead anybody in Iraq? If not, for what crime was he beheaded? Has it become a crime to be an American
Letters to Editorarrow Congress wins
We are delighted to know the results of the general elections in India. And we hail the Congress's victory not for defeating the BJP, but for the fall of politics based on religion.
 arrow BJP's debacle
In the Indian polls, the Congress has routed the BJP led NDA coalition. Mr Vajpayee's "India shining" motto boomeranged on the BJP. The BJP had many shortcomings that wreaked havoc on it.
 arrow Lessons to learn
The Indian prime minister resigned soon after the election results had been declared.
 arrow Everest Team: adventure, not misadventure
My attention was drawn to the letters of Mr. Saif and Mr. Rajib Das published in The Daily Star on Bangladesh Everest Team. As a member of this team, I feel like saying something regarding our activities.
 arrow SARS stages a ominous come back
SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is back. An experiment in a laboratory in China went haywire and ended up in an unfortunate spread of the deadly disease. The WHO is monitoring the situation.
 arrow Magic at lake
In my exercise regime, I took a walk to the bridge at Road 7, Dhanmondi. The flowers, trees and the horizon were still shrouded in the veil of secrecy. A transient misty haze hung in the day-night interlude.
 arrow Unjustified
It is true that the Awami League's ultimatum to bring the government down from power on April 30 has failed.
 arrow Too many holidays?
The recent 'holidays' week in May 2004 has been sarcastically pointed out in the press. It is time the authorities reviewed the situation through a public debate.
 arrow Inspectors are not working!
As the head of a family, it is a matter of concern to note that the inspectors and monitors in the public services in the different government departments and agencies are not working diligently andhonesty,
 arrow An unbearable agony
I am an engineer very unfortunately married to a daughter of a government officer, presently retired.
 arrow UN walking into unknown terrain
History repeats itself and the burning example is the US-led alliance which has to suffer dire consequences in the long run in Iraq.
 arrow Small enterprise re-financing scheme
Bangladesh Bank issued a circular on May 02, 2004 containing the salient features of Tk 1.
 arrow Fall of Baghdad and its aftermath
With the celebration of the first year of Iraq occupation, the US led coalition forces are facing intensified uprisings almost every day in every nook and cranny in the soil of the world's cradle ofcivilisation.
Star Cityarrow Few get help from Police Help Line
City dwellers seem unaware of the Help Line service introduced last year by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to help accident victims on the spot.
 arrow DU house tutors often duck duties
House tutors at Dhaka University dormitories tend to duck their duties despite their financial and housing facilities from the DU.
 arrow Tale of Three City Parks

 arrow Flaws in project concept delay renovation work
Renovation of the Guide House Auditorium is being delayed because of irregularities in preparing the project concept paper (PCP).
 arrow Education board's quick service
The government has decided to award the original certificates of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) along with mark sheets within two months of the publication of
 arrow Crackdown on beggars and vagabonds
Police all over the city have allegedly arrested many beggars and homeless people as part of a crackdown against vagabonds.