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Front Pagearrow Iraq governing council head killed in car bomb
A suicide car bomb killed the head of Iraq's Governing Council and eight others yesterday, dealing a major blow to the US coalition battling a Shia insurgency and a growing prisoner abuse scandal.
 arrow Hasina threatens to shut down mills
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday threatened to shut down mills and factories and put barricades on roads and highways across the country if the accused in the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah
 arrow PM asks AL to give up conspiracy, return to JS
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday used the parliament floor to ask the main opposition Awami League (AL) to return to the House giving up the 'course of conspiracy and anarchy' to unseat her government.
 arrow Stock crashes as Sonia invited to new govt talks
Indian President Abdul Kalam invited Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi to hold talks either late yesterday or today on forming a new government.
 arrow Batting blues again
In the end it became a case of what might have been as Bangladesh went down by 23 runs chasing 125 in a rain-reduced second one-day international at the Arnos Vale ground Sunday.
 arrow Arrest order wrapped in confusion
Confusion wraps the order to arrest dreaded operations commander Bangla Bhai of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), as police stations did not get any instruction what the deputy inspector general
 arrow Bhuiyan for law to make JS presence mandatory
Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday suggested that the prime minister should go for a law making legislators' presence in the Jatiya Sangsad mandatory.
 arrow Governance a real worry
The new British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury has said the current state of governance, lack of political consensus and law and order situation are all 'continual worries' that ' hinder Bangladesh
 arrow BNP keeps an eye on AL's alliance bid
The ruling BNP is closely watching the latest opposition move to forge an alliance of the Awami League (AL) and Left-leaning parties to unseat the coalition government.
 arrow £40m robbery at Heathrow thwarted
Armed police have arrested six men at Heathrow airport after foiling what they say would have been one of Britain's biggest-ever robberies.
 arrow Rain respite

 arrow Rocca arrives today
US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina B Rocca today arrives in Dhaka on a three-day official visit as part of her South Asian tour.
 arrow Apology
The Daily Star in its report on May 14 headlined "JS probe accuses 24 firms of gas theft" mentioned Savar Textiles as an accused in gas pilferage.
 arrow Women kick off lobbying to be BNP legislators
Women leaders of the ruling BNP have set off hectic lobbying to get parliamentary berth from 45 seats reserved for women in the Jatiya Sangsad by the 14th constitutional amendment passed on Sunday.
 arrow Morshed to visit Delhi soon
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan is likely to visit New Delhi tomorrow, immediately after the new Congress-led government takes office.
 arrow Saifur for e-vote
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said all political parties and civil society members should unite in favour of introducing electronic voting system to ensure a smooth, sharp and reliable electoral
 arrow Reserved seats for women in JS condemned
Different women organisations yesterday protested the restitution of the reserved seats for women in parliament for what they said was being not consonant with demands of the gender across the country.
 arrow Court rejects naraji petition
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected a naraji (no-confidence) petition filed by the driver of retired Supreme Court Justice Naimuddin Ahmed in a case filed for alleged assault on the Justice.
 arrow Babul gets 4-week bail
Nurul Islam Babul, a business tycoon, was granted bail for four weeks on health ground by the High Court yesterday in an attempted rape case.
 arrow Sister identifies victim three days later
A Dhaka court yesterday placed four people, arrested in connection with the Thursday's retrieval in Mohammadpur of a woman's body in nine pieces, on remand.
 arrow Robbers loot Tk 1.8 in city
Robbers looted over Tk 1.8 lakh in cash and valuables from a customs official's house on Elephant Road in Dhaka yesterday, the victim's family said.
 arrow Depression over Bay
The depression over northwest Bay and adjoining central Bay moved slightly northwestwards at 6:00pm yesterday.
 arrow Morshed Khan gets bail in graft case
The Special Court for Dhaka Division yesterday granted bail to Foreign Minister and former chairman of Arab Bangladesh (AB) Bank Ltd M Morshed Khan and two others in a graft case.
 arrow Burnt UCBL worker hangs by a thread
The United Commercial Bank Ltd (UCBL) employee, who suffered critical burns Saturday, is struggling for life at City Hospital in Panthapath in the city.
 arrow Making ways...

Businessarrow Importers want extension as ministry decides tomorrow
As livestock and fisheries ministry sits tomorrow to choose between extension and withdrawal of import ban of poultry parent stock, leading importers have said it would be wise to continue the restriction.
 arrow BB asks insurers to invest funds in bond market
In a bid to boost bond market, the Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday asked the insurance companies to invest their funds in the secondary bond market.
 arrow EBL launches Visa Debit Card
Eastern Bank Limited (EBL) has introduced a debit card that lets customers shop in a hassle-free way and withdraw cash from designated ATMs.
 arrow The Chinese growth riddle
After witnessing China's decades of spectacular economic growth, the world is now worried and eager to see the giant steps on the break pedal.
 arrow Danish grant for private sector development
A Danish grant and loan amounting to 4.5 million Danish kroner equivalent to approximately Tk 4.2 crore has been approved as part of the Danida Private Sector Development (PSD) programme.
 arrow EU seeks closer ties with Syria despite US sanctions
The European Union plans to pursue an association agreement with Syria despite fresh US sanctions imposed last week over its alleged support for terrorism, a European energy official said Sunday.
 arrow FBCCI hails PM's call for business friendly political atmosphere
Apex trade-body FBCCI hailed Prime Minister Khaleda Zia for her call to maintain a desired development-friendly political atmosphere for the sake of country's uplift, production, employment, investment
 arrow Prime Bank declares bonus share, 20pc cash dividend
Prime Bank Limited has declared a 20 percent cash dividend and 3:7 bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2003.
 arrow DANO Vitakids launched
Arla Foods Ingredients Milco, Bangladesh has launched a new product--DANO Vitakids -- in Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow Raffle draw of Philips Lighting held
The raffle draw of a special scheme for the retailers of Philips Lighting products of Transcom Electronics Limited was held in Dhaka recently.
 arrow Oil hits high on supply fears
Oil prices struck a record high Monday on simmering concern that rapid fuel demand growth will outpace global supplies at a time when traders fear a sabotage attack on the Middle East oil infrastructure.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Afridi aching for action
After two sleepless nights watching the Tigers battle the West Indies, cricket fans will turn their attention to the Bangabandhu National Stadium when the knockout phase of the GrameenPhone CorporateCricket
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
Verol comes to the Arnos Vale cricket ground almost everyday carrying a bag and clutching some God knows what cards and papers.
 arrow Cricket: Lanka sweep Zimbabwe
Muttiah Muralitharan took four wickets as Sri Lanka humiliated Zimbabwe by an innings for the second Test in succession on Monday to wrap up the series 2-0.
 arrow Cricket: Dav has no answers
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was understandably critical of his batsmen after losing the second one-day international against West Indies on Sunday.

"In the end the difference was 23 runs.

 arrow Cricket: Murali won't go down under
Test cricket's leading wicket-taker Muttiah Muralitharan has said he will boycott Sri Lanka's tour of Australia next month because of comments made by Australian Prime Minister John Howard about his bowling
 arrow Football: Ciao 'Divine Ponytail'
Italian football icon Roberto Baggio bowed out of professional football after his club Brescia's 4-2 defeat to champions AC Milan at a packed San Siro stadium.
 arrow Football: Beckham sees red
Real Madrid's spectacular end-of-season collapse continued when they recorded their fourth straight loss, going down ignominiously 2-1 at already-relegated bottom club Murcia.
 arrow Football: Inter back among elite
Brazilian Adriano shook off a niggling injury to score two goals for Inter Milan in a 3-2 away win over Empoli which assured the San Siro giants' Champions League presence next season.
 arrow Football: Muktis off to Beirut
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra left Dhaka yesterday for the Lebanese capital Beirut to play their last AFC Cup match against Nijmeh Club.

The Bangladesh giants will play their away match tomorrow.

 arrow Cricket: Ebrahim slapped with 1 Test ban
The Zimbabwe cricket vice-captain Dion Ebrahim was on Sunday banned for one Test match for making "inappropriate" remarks about the delivery action of Sri Lanka spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan.
 arrow Cricket: NZ lose Bond for first Test
New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond has been ruled out of next week's first Test against England, coach John Bracewell confirmed Sunday.
 arrow Handball: Schools h'ball
Hosts moved into the semifinals of the Maple Leaf first mini handball tournament (girls) as Group-A champions when they defeated Lalmatia Girls High School 10-2 at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex
 arrow Football: Cities to be shortlisted today
The nine cities hoping to stage the 2012 Olympic Games face a cull this week as Olympic chiefs meet to draw up a shortlist of candidates.
 arrow Cricket: BU, Rising Star have to play off
It was tough luck for Brothers Union in the end as they lost their final match of the CJKS-Isphanai Premier Division Cricket League which jeopardised their hopes of lifting the title.
 arrow Basketball: BBF picks 35 for youth team
Bangladesh Basketball Federation (BBF) called 35 cagers for the national youth team which will participate in the fourth FIBA Asia Basketball Championships qualifying round.
 arrow Boxing: Jr nat'l boxing from June 17
The 17th National Junior Boxing Championship will begin at the Suhrawardy National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur from June 8.

The four-day meet will be held in ten weight categories.

 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Jagarani Krira Chakra moved into the semifinal of the Abdul Latif Smriti Cricket tournament defeating Mukul Smriti Sangha by 20 runs at the Mithun-Musa-Kazal playground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Police falsely implicate tea stall owner in robbery case
Keraniganj police arrested a tea stall owner in a robbery case on Saturday but his family members alleged that he was falsely implicated because he refused to pay them money.
 arrow DU student held for mugging
A Dhaka University (DU) student who is also a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal activist was caught and beaten up severely while he was mugging a female student on the campus yesterday.
 arrow President assents to 14th Constitution Amendment Bill
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to `The Constitution (14th amendment) Bill 2004', passed on Sunday to introduce 45 women reserved seats in parliament.
 arrow Training course on arsenic begins
A five-day training course on 'Arsenic determination and quality control measures using nuclear and non-nuclear techniques' began in the city yesterday.
 arrow Azad demands release of SCF president
Eminent writer Prof.
 arrow Laundry man commits suicide
A laundry man of a Chinese restaurant committed suicide at Uttara in the city yesterday.

Sujit Chowdhury, 22, stabbed himself in his throat with a kitchen knife at around 5:00pm.

Nationalarrow Villagers buy drinking water
Unbelievable though, villagers have to buy drinking water.

They buy 10 litres of treated water at Tk 5 from a private plant at Nabinagar upazila headquarter because tubewell water is highly arsenic-contaminated.

 arrow Municipal polls: AL does better in Sylhet region
The Awami League (AL) and its allies performed well in the just concluded pourasabha (municipality) elections in Sylhet region.
 arrow Rivals in Jhenidah kill JCD leader
A leader of ruling BNP's student front Jtyitabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and a villager were killed and 40 people injured in two incident in Kushtia and Jhenidah on Sunday.
 arrow Conflict with ministry weakens local govt
Conflict between the Local Government and Rural Development (LGRD) ministry and Union Parishad (UP) leaders is the main hurdle in strengthening the local government.
 arrow RU teachers march on campus to press demands
Some 300 teachers of Rajshahi University (RU) brought out a procession on the campus yesterday to press their three-point demand which include legal action against teachers who are not taking class.
 arrow Strike at Platinum Jubilee Jute Mills
Workers of the state-owned Plantinum Jubilee Jute Mills at Khalishpur have stopped work from 11 am on Sunday to press home their demand for payment of arrear wages of last five weeks.
 arrow Hoodlums foil newsmen's protest rally
Some hoodlums allegedly led by local ruling party men on Sunday foiled a rally of local journalists arranged to protest filing of a 'false case' against Kaligonj Press Club President Mainul Hasan Bachchu.
 arrow From darkness to light
Good sense finally prevailed on them. Fifty thieves and dacoits made a public pledge to give up crime and lead an honest life.

"I spoiled my life.

Point-Counterpointarrow A senseless act
Executing someone and that also without going through the due legal process is against the tenets of any religion and undoubtedly against the international law and justice.
 arrow The danger of importing avian flu
For the past few months the government has banned the import of parent stock chicks (which are raised by Bangladeshi hatcheries to produce commercial chicks) from a number of countries.
Culturearrow Matritto faces censor's scissors
Just when most cinema-loving Bangalis have long given up their fondness for Bangla films, young filmmaker Zahid Hossain has come up with a film that has a different storyline and the potential to attract
 arrow Tête-à-tête with Tony and Priya
Tony and Priya Dayes, a husband and wife duo, are talents to watch out for. Tony is an established TV actor. Priya's career graph, as a dancer, model, actress and a television anchor, looks promising.
 arrow Artistes lend a hand to Milu
Khalid Hassan Milu, a popular singer, is suffering from brain hemorrhage and other complications. He will be taken to Bangkok for treatment later this month.
 arrow All-star Rome concert seeks to help children
A star-studded cast assembled by We Are the World producer Quincy Jones rocked Rome's ancient chariot track recently. The aim was to hold a concert to raise money for children in war-scarred cities.
Generalarrow Call for community-based nutrition service
Community mobilisation and community-based nutrition service can contribute to rapid and sustainable reduction in acute malnutrition of women and children, speakers said at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Transport owner shot dead at Raozan
Armed miscreants gunned down a transport owners' association leader in sequel to a pre-poll violence at Raozan in the district yesterday.

The victim was identified as Md.

 arrow Cider Int'l, Sunshine schools in final
Cider International School and Sunshine Grammar School have moved into the final of the five-day-long 'The Daily Star- Astech Group Inter- School English Debate Competition being held in the port city.
 arrow 4th class employees continue protest
Fourth class government employees yesterday demonstrated against an official order for filling up their vacant posts on 'no work no pay' basis.
 arrow 'Enact tobacco control law soon'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday called on the government to enact tobacco control law and ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) immediately.
 arrow Hearing on May 31
Accomplices of Ershad Shikder- Jamai Faruque, Liakat Lashkar, Nasir Khan and four others - were produced before the Additional District and Sessions Judge's Court here yesterday in Kalu and Jashim Majhi
 arrow Woman strangled, another shot dead in city
An unidentified woman was strangled at Badda and a grocer who was shot at Lalbagh in the city on Saturday succumbed to his injuries at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Business firm looted in Ctg
Robbers looted cash and mobile sets worth over Tk 66 thousand from a business firm in the port city on Sunday.
Internationalarrow Israel hits Gaza, isolates Rafah for demolitions
Israel carried out air strikes Palestinian faction targets in Gaza City yesterday and sealed off Rafah refugee camp after saying it would raze hundreds of buildings to widen a border strip prone to militant
 arrow Campaign against Sonia not over yet
Novelist Arundhati Roy rejoices that Sonia Gandhi, who "doesn't play the princess," humbled the men who berated her and warns she will face a "blatant game" from a corporate world unmoved by the electoral
 arrow US, Britain plan to speed up Iraq pullout
London and Washington are drawing up plans to pull coalition forces out of Iraq "as soon as possible", a senior British source was quoted as saying in The Times yesterday.
 arrow Communists unveil list of demands
The Communist Party of India (CPI), a key ally of India's incoming Congress-led government, yesterday unveiled its list of demands which it said should be part of the coalition's common agenda for governance.
 arrow Lawmakers told of PoW abuse months ago
Two months before pictures of Iraqi prisoner abuse became public, the family of one accused soldier wrote to 14 members of Congress that "something went wrong" involving "mistreatment of PoWs" at AbuGhraib
 arrow Embattled Blair to stay in office
Top Labour ministers insisted Sunday that Britain's prime minister would not step down amid mounting criticism over Iraq, as the defence secretary dismissed media reports that the number of British troops
 arrow Blasts outside HSBC branches in Turkey
Three homemade bombs exploded overnight in front of branches of the British bank HSBC in Ankara and Istanbul, on the eve of a visit here by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, local media reported yesterday.
 arrow Myanmar constitution talks begin without NLD
Military-ruled Myanmar kicked off constitutional talks yesterday despite a boycott by the country's main opposition party, led by democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
 arrow CIA was wrong on Iraqi 'mobile labs': Powell
The US Central Intelligence Agency was wrong about Iraq's purported pre-war mobile biological weapons laboratories, a key part of the case about suspected weapons of mass destruction, Secretary of State
 arrow China vows to crush move for Taiwan's independence
China yesterday vowed to "crush" Taiwanese independence moves "at any cost" just days before President Chen Shui-bian is sworn in for a new four-year term, but it also offered to reward the island ifit
Editorialarrow Editorial: 14th Amendment
Taking little cognizance of highly well-articulated and persuasive criticism of the bill on the part of civil society and the media as well as the opposition, the government has made the 14th amendment
 arrow Editorial: Women in journalism
At a time when mainstreaming women in national life is a coveted agenda, it's a welcome trend that more and more women are taking a career in journalism.
 arrow Governance, political stability, law and order
In the recently concluded Bangladesh Development forum, the donors had warned the government.
 arrow Politics of negativism has its limit
The verdict of Indian general elections of 2004 will go down in the history of the world's largest democracy as one of the most amazing ones.
Letters to Editorarrow Indian polls
The Congress is all set to form the new government of India .
 arrow Ershad Shikder
Infamous criminal Ershad Shikder was hanged on 11 May in Khulna jail. The capital punishment of Ershad has proved that the law itself also becomes inhuman to punish

the acts of inhumanity.

 arrow Economy of style
Practising the economy of life is a philosophical lifestyle. Later, it spreads in the social environment and becomes the hallmark of the community and finally the society.
 arrow "Ghost is coming"
When we were little children ,we the brothers and sisters used to play a

game called 'The ghost is coming'.

 arrow Attack on students at NU
The clash between students and NU employees, the report of which was

published in DS on 6 May, 2004 , caught my attention. It is not fair to display the power of authority.