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Front Pagearrow In cold blood, they beat them dead
In a show of cruelty beyond imagination, the Bangla Bhai outfit yesterday openly bludgeoned to death three alleged outlaws in an outlying village in Naogaon after hours of overnight announcement by loudspeaker
 arrow Grafts galore in ADP projects
Many agencies, including government bodies, have been found to drain the national exchequer by misusing funds and facilities of development projects they are assigned to run.
 arrow Peace with Pakistan a priority for Singh
Prime Minister-elect Manmohan Singh yesterday said India was keen to have friendly ties with all neighbouring countries and pledged to build an environment of peace among communities in the country.
 arrow Flight dearth puts ME-bound workers in deep distress
Abdus Sattar, 37, came from Riyadh about three weeks ago. He has to go back to work in about a week but finds himself in a big mess -- his return ticket is yet to be confirmed.
 arrow Tigers suffer ODI whitewash
Bangladesh failed to carry the momentum of the good showing in the first two one-day internationals as the West Indies recorded their most convincing victory in the series at the Queen's Park Stadiumon
 arrow Cops join JMJB in anti-outlaw drive
Islamist outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh launched a combing operation against underground leftist outlaws in four northwestern districts yesterday, with undercover support from the police.
 arrow Manmohan means greater market access for us
With Manmohan Singh at the helm of the new Indian government, Bangladesh can expect a greater market access to its immediate neighbour.
 arrow BNP weighs odds in by-polls
The ruling BNP is weighing a number of issues that it thinks it should address to ensure the victory of its candidates in the June 6 parliamentary by-polls in Dhaka-10 and Munshiganj-1 constituencies,
 arrow Police still in dark
Police still have not a clue to the killing of lawmaker Ahsanullah Master even 14 days into his assassination.
 arrow Defiant Israel ups Gaza offensive
Defying international fury and a rare US rebuke, Israel expanded its bloodiest Gaza Strip raid in years yesterday after killing 39 Palestinians in three days of fighting in the Rafah refugee camp.
 arrow A worker dismantles the road-divider...

 arrow US troops raid Chalabi house
US soldiers and Iraqi police raided the residence of Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi yesterday, and aides accused the Americans of holding guns to his head and bullying him over his criticism of plansfor
 arrow JS body for taking stock of realty
A parliamentary body yesterday asked the land ministry to make a list of housing and real estate companies and take account of the land they own.
 arrow 12 years on, still waiting for justice
After 27 hearings at the High Court (HC) Division and 21 at the Supreme Court (SC) Appellate Division, the Billal Hossain Bepari murder case filed more than 12 years ago is still awaiting verdict.
 arrow Taka takes a beating on import surge
The taka became weaker against the dollar in inter-bank trade yesterday after demand for the greenback rose to cover import payments for fuel and scrap vessels ahead of the budget.
 arrow Fresh Iraq prison photos emerge
New pictures have emerged showing two US guards at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison posing with the body of a detainee who died in custody.
 arrow 9 killed as twisters lash across country
Nine people were killed and more than 120 injured as storms lashed Jessore, Khulna, Sherpur, Bagerhat and Nilphamari yesterday and on Wednesday night.
 arrow Plan for prisoners to work away term in community
The government is planning to introduce community service for prisoners.
 arrow Hearing on Babul's bail petition tomorrow
A Dhaka court yesterday adjourned the hearing on a bail petition in an attempted murder case against Jamuna Group Chairman Nurul Islam Babul, lodged on Wednesday, the day he was released from jail ina
 arrow Tiger kills youth in Sundarbans
An indigenous youth was killed by a tiger on Wednesday when he was collecting honey in Kachu Khali village in the Sundarbans.
 arrow India seeks Bangladesh help to trace lost Mig-27
India has sought help from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal to trace a Mig-27 aircraft that went missing after taking off from an airbase in West Bengal Wednesday.
 arrow Bikalpa Dhara denied 'kula'
The returning officer (RO) of parliamentary by-elections in Dhaka-10 constituency yesterday refused to allocate 'kula' as election symbol of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) saying he did not get any letter
 arrow A low in the Bay...

 arrow Security upped, TU activities cut
An International Maritime Bureau (IMB) report which labelled the Chittagong Port as the world's second most risky port has prompted the authorities to beef up security as well as to restrict rough trade
 arrow The Pubali Bank Ltd is set to put the Krishi Bhaban...

 arrow ISPR refutes Hasina's allegation
The ISPR (Inter-Service Public Relations) has refuted the allegation made by the Leader of the Opposition at a condolence meeting in memory of Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master on May 15 (published
 arrow Water transport strike called off
Water transport workers yesterday withdrew their indefinite strike beginning tomorrow at a tripartite meeting among the government, launch owners and workers' leaders at the shipping ministry.
 arrow Hasina points finger at BNP leaders
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday accused three influential BNP men of masterminding the killing of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master and demanded resignation of the prime minister
Businessarrow No immediate plan to allow capital account convertibility
The central bank governor yesterday ruled out any possibility of allowing capital account convertibility in the country in near future.
 arrow Developers protest private land development rules
Developers have protested the 'Land Development Regulations for Non-Government Residential Project 2004' issued by the government recently.
 arrow South Asian shippers meet begins in Dhaka
A two-day 15th annual general meeting of the Association of Shippers' Councils of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (Ascobips) was inaugurated at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel yesterday.
 arrow Dhaka for framework on Asian farm policy
Bangladesh has called upon the Asian countries to evolve a policy framework for agriculture development in the region.
 arrow BCI for sufficient govt allocation for ports
Bangladesh Chamber of Industries (BCI) demanded sufficient allocation for the development of port facilities to expedite industrialisation.
 arrow Asian states agree on steps towards oil stock
Asian countries, faced with soaring oil prices, agreed Thursday to take the first steps towards a regional oil stockpile that would be used to ride out supply squeezes due to terror threats or other global
 arrow BMW Z4
Executive Motors Limited, the sole distributor of BMW in Bangladesh, introduced a new premier class car 'BMW Z4' in local market recently.
 arrow Phuket Air starts Bangkok-Ctg-Dubai flight
Phuket Air started its Bangkok-Chittagong-Dubai flight yesterday.
 arrow Tk1.67cr Danish grant for pharma industry
Bangladesh will receive Tk 1.67 crore from Denmark in grant and loan for establishment of an engineering plant to manufacture spare parts for pharmaceutical factories.
 arrow Expansion of tourism under BIMST-EC stressed
The two-day BIMST-EC Tourism Expert Group Meeting began in Dhaka yesterday with a renewed call for taking joint action programmes and strategies for expansion of tourism in the region.
 arrow Workshop on internet access begins Saturday
A four-day workshop on "Nationwide Internet Access & Online Applications" will begin on Saturday in Dhaka.
 arrow New Indian govt may have to keep disinvestment policy
Whatever political noise the Left front may make, the market will ultimately rule the day and the new government may have little option but to carry the disinvestment process forward.
 arrow Proton to set up plants in Iran, China
Malaysia's national carmaker Proton will set up a plant in Iran and raise production to 60,000 units a year to tap the booming auto market there, a deputy minister said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers' brains test Dav's nerves
Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was a fuming after watching his boys stoop to defeat in yet another match and another series, which if they had applied themselves properly, could have gone their way.
 arrow Cricket: Plate glory for Gazi
Pakistani opener Yasir Hameed marked his first appearance in Dhaka cricket with a scintillating century as Gazi Tank clinched the Plate title of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League with a four-wicket
 arrow Cricket: ĎAus, Eng behind ití
Pressure from Australia and England fuelled the ban on his controversial 'doosra' delivery, Sri Lanka's star spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said on his return home Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers rest before three-dayer
After the one-day whitewash, Bangladesh have decided to put their feet up for a whole day before playing a three-day match against the West Indies Cricket Board XI.
 arrow Cricket: Good start by NZ
England took two wickets in five balls to leave New Zealand 172 for three at tea on the first day of the first Test at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: CCL Cup final today
A month long cricket carnival comes to an end when Bashundhara and ARAF Apparels meet in the final of the GrameenPhone Corporate Cricket League today. The day/night final commences at 2 pm.
 arrow Zafar Imam no more
Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) and renowned sports organiser Zafar Imam died of a heart attack at the Suhrawardy Hospital in the city yesterday at the age of 65.
 arrow Tennis: Martina stirs emotions
Two-and-a-half years short of her 50th birthday, Martina Navratilova makes the second French Open singles comeback of her career next week with her appearance splitting opinion just as she has done since
 arrow Football: Muktis finish with defeat
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra finished their Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup campaign with a 2-0 defeat against Lebanon's Al Nejmeh club at the Sports City Stadium in Beirut on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Brave Houllier
Gerard Houllier insisted that he intends to carry on as normal despite speculation that he faces the sack as Liverpool manager.
 arrow Chess: Dinesh leads GM Chess
Indian International Master Dinesh Kumar Sharma took solo lead in the Leonine Second GM Chess Tournament after the end of the second round at the National Sports Council conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Marketing win
Marketing earned a massive nine-wicket victory against Accounting and Information System in the inter-department cricket competition of Dhaka University at the Jagannath Hall ground yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: CJKS Division 1 hockey starts today
Defending champions Abahani take on South Club in the opening match of the CJKS-First Division Hockey League that begins today at the MA Aziz Stadium.
 arrow Handball: Bandura H'cross, V'nnesa champs
Bandura Holycross High School clinched the boys' title of the Bata 14th School Handball Tournament with a 27-14 victory over Narinda Government High School at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Magura cricket
Jagoroni Krira Chakra moved into the final of the Abdul Latif Smriti cricket tournament with a 66-run victory against Crescent Club in the second semifinal at the Mithun-Musa-Karal playground here yesterday.
 arrow Football: Valencia's UEFA Cup joy
Valencia added the UEFA Cup to their Spanish league title with a 2-0 win over a Marseille side forced to play half of the final with 10 men after goalkeeper Fabien Barthez was sent off.
 arrow Football: Keane boost for MU
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson indicated that club captain Roy Keane would lead the side out for Saturday's FA Cup final against Millwall despite recent injury problems.
 arrow Football: Seven years in Scotland
When Henrik Larsson was unveiled to the Scottish media on July 27th 1997 as Celtic's 650,000-pound (1.16-million-dollar) signing from Feyenoord he arrived virtually unnoticed.
 arrow Football: Marseille to protest Collina's conduct
Olympique Marseille are to write to UEFA to highlight what they regard as improper conduct by Italian referee Pierluigi Collina at the UEFA Cup final, in which Spanish champions Valencia beat the French
 arrow Football: Raul named captain
Spain coach Inaki Saez named his 23-man squad for the Euro 2004 football finals starting next month.
 arrow Football: Arsenal bid for Morientes
English Premiership champions Arsenal have offered 24 million euros (28.
 arrow Football: Nakata sidelined
Japan skipper Hidetoshi Nakata will miss next month's World Cup qualifier against India and upcoming friendlies with Iceland and England after failing to recover from a groin injury, Japan coach Zicosaid.
Point-Counterpointarrow Congress resurrected
I salute the Indian voters; they have caused a silent revolution.

I salute outgoing Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee for tendering his resignation to the President.

 arrow Convenience of e-commerce and e-banking
Technological developments have opened up a new dimension in the deployment of creative products, efficient services and customer satisfaction.
 arrow For your eyes
All health information to keep you up to date

Scientists at the Cleveland clinic in the USA consider that antioxidants like beta-carotene, vitamin C can reduce vision loss in patients with age-related

Culturearrow Proud to be a Nazrul singer
Novera Deepita of The Daily Star (TDS) recently spoke to Fatema-Tuz-Zohra (FTZ), a popular Nazrul singer.
 arrow Obaidullah Al-Zakir's short film Interview
The media world is in a state of flux, especially with the introduction of TV channels in the private sector. Many promising filmmakers have come up with TV plays, telefilms, short and feature films.
 arrow Kobori debuts as director
It was back in 1964 when a teenage girl named Meena Paul stepped into filmdom starring with Subhash Dutta in the movie Shutorang. From then she never had to look back.
 arrow Lost Conan Doyle archive sold for a million pounds
A collection of long-lost papers giving a rare glimpse into the private life of Sherlock Holmes' creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, was sold at an auction in London for almost 1 million pounds (almost$1.
Generalarrow Property worth Tk 4 lakh damaged
A fire broke out at the old warehouse of Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) yesterday damaging some electric, sanitary and automobile accessories worthTk 4 lakh.
 arrow Modern signalling system on Dhaka-Sylhet rly route soon
Bangladesh Railway is introducing modern signalling and interlocking system on the Dhaka-Sylhet route under a project aimed at quicker and safe train service.
 arrow DC awaits nod to confiscate property
Aftab Hasan, deputy commissioner of Khulna, has written a letter to the home ministry, seeking permission to confiscate all illegal property left by notorious criminal Ershad Shikder, who was hanged in
 arrow 60 shops gutted in Barguna
A raging fire gutted over 60 shops in Barguna town early morning yesterday ruining goods and property worth Tk 80 lakh and injuring five persons including two firemen.
 arrow Task force to monitor prices of essentials
The government has formed a 12-member national task force headed by Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury to keep prices of essentials at a reasonable level.
 arrow Captors kill boss over sharing ransom
Abductors killed their chief over sharing of ransom realised from a businessman at Narayankandi marsh of Harinakundu upazila in Jhenidah in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow World Blood Donor Day on June 14
The first ever World Blood Donor Day will be celebrated globally on June 14.
 arrow British envoy begins Sylhet visit today
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Chowdhury begins a three-day visit to Sylhet today.

He is expected to reach Sylhet at 8.

 arrow British Council Open Day begins today
The British Council is hosting an Open Day at its teaching centre, 754B Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi, from 3.00pm to 7.00pm today and from 9.00am to 5.00pm tomorrow, says a press release.
 arrow 'Stop repression on Proshika employees'
Ten noted personalities have called on the government to stop repression on the employees of Proshika, a non-governmental organisation working tirelessly to improve the socio-economic conditions of the
 arrow New scholarship fund at DU
A new fund styled as 'GA Khan Memorial Scholarship' was set up at Dhaka University yesterday to provide scholarships among the students of English department, says a press release.
 arrow Zonta Club, Dhaka 111 executives
Fahmida Karim was elected president of Zonta Club, Dhaka 111 recently for 2004-2006, says a press release.

Other office-bearers are President-elect- Shireen S Mainuddin, First Vice President- Dr.

 arrow RUTA postpones indefinite strike
Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (RUTA) yesterday postponed its indefinite strike as the university goes on a 38-day summer vacation from May 24.
 arrow 1555 more held
Police arrested 1,555 people from different parts of the country on various charges in the last 24 hours till 6.00 am yesterday.
 arrow Review petition of promotee police officials rejected
The Supreme Court in a recent verdict rejected a review petition of promotee police officials.
 arrow Third National Debate Festival begins
The Third National Debate Festival-2004 began at Teachers and Students Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday.

The three-day debate was organised by the DU Debating Society.

 arrow Nizami's remark protested
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, yesterday protested the remark of Jamaat-e-Islami Amir and Industry Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami about the Ahmadiyya community at a meeting with
 arrow Body recovered
Police recovered body of a young man aged about 25 from near the BG Press at Tejgaon in the city yesterday.

The identity of the body could not be known immediately.

 arrow One mugged in Keraniganj
Armed muggers mugged a person on Dhaka-Mawa Highway at Abdullahpur of Keraniganj upazila on Wednesday night.
 arrow Ershad undergoes angioplasty operation
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad underwent angioplasty operation at Shikdar Hospital in the city yesterday.

Dr Shams Monwar has successfully planted the heart stein, along with his assistant Dr Litu.

 arrow Auto-rickshaw driver murdered at Fatikchhari
Miscreants brutally killed a driver in a bid to hijack his auto-rickshaw at Fatikchhari in the district on Wednesday night.

The ill-fated driver was identified as Rezaul Karim alias Azim, 30.

 arrow 13 Indian citizens arrested in Mymensingh
Thirteen Indian citizens, including a woman, were arrested with a revolver by the BDR at Dhobaura border yesterday.
 arrow Obituary
Md Qumrul Islam, director of Agricultural Information Centre, Bangladesh and Saarc Agricultural Centre, died at a local clinic on Wednesday at the age of 56, says a press release.
 arrow Mahmud Abdur Rahman
Teacher and former journalist Mahmud Abdur Rahman died of old age complications yesterday at his city's New Eskaton residence at the age of 75.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcome Manmohan to the top job
After her party's revivalist electoral victory, Sonia Gandhi has scored a moral point of what leadership is all about.
 arrow Editorial: MOI and national interest
AMemorandum of Intent has been signed between the Government of Bangladesh and the United States of America covering two very significant and sensitive issues.
 arrow True leadership
Game, set, and match, Sonia. Note to the political leadership of Bangladesh: sometimes the right thing to do is also the smart thing to do.
 arrow Death at the time of mangoes
Many summers ago, when the air was scented with the breath of ripe mangoes, a young man took his life by hanging himself from a mango tree.
 arrow Why 'no' to the hanging bridge on the river Surma?
This refers to DS news items of 12.05.2004 and 15.05.
Letters to Editorarrow Indian election, 2004
The Daily Star was flooded with commentary, letters on Indian election, its results and BJP led NDA's debacle.


 arrow Political uncertainty in India
Both Sushma Swaraj and Uma Bharti are jealous of a widow like Sonia becoming the PM when they themselves couldn't. Ms. Sushma has become a sworn enemy of Ms.
 arrow Learn from them
The just concluded Indian election shows that we are nowhere near the Indians. Indians nominated Sonia Gandhi as the next prime minister of India.
 arrow Summer holidays in universities
Summer holidays are the longest vacation all round the world. There is no exception in this regard in our universities as well. Traditionally, summer vacations in our country commence from June.
 arrow BBC, Mirror...
"Sorry...We Were Hoaxed" read the huge banner headline of the Mirror. The Mirror apologised for publishing 'fake' photographs of detainee abuse in Iraq.
 arrow "Main Hoon Na"
"Jeet Lo Dil" was the buzz word and official motto of the recently held India-Pakistan cricket series aiming at assuaging the existing hostility between the two countries.
 arrow Think of undercarriages
Instead of building expensive flyovers all over Dhaka city, it's time undercarriages at busy intersections were considered.

Take, for instance, the road in front of the SAARC Fountain.

 arrow Impressive indeed!
I was profoundly touched and impressed by Member of Parliament Kader Siddiky's comments during the assembly condolences over the demise of their colleague Ahsanullah Master.
 arrow Are we insane?
The news of same sex marriage, this time in America, captured the headlines of print and electronic media once again.
 arrow Silent tears
I will be completing my A-level this June and this worries me much. Only because I know my time is running out and soon I have to go abroad for my under-graduation.
 arrow Berg murder
I grieve for the late Nicholas Berg and condemn his killing. I pray to Allah for the salvation of his soul.
 arrow Peacekeeping
It is really interesting to know that Bangladesh is playing an important role in peacekeeping. The country has been struggling with terrorism from the very start. And the outcome is beyond description.
 arrow Mosquito bites, city fathers sleep
The statements of two DCC officials , defending the position of the DCC vis-ŗ-vis mosquito control, do not seem to be anywhere near the true picture.
 arrow Some suggestions regarding ADP 2004-05
The Annual Development Plan for the fiscal year 2004-05 is going to be finalised within a month.
 arrow Dr. B
It was indeed sad to see a picture on May 16, in DS, of our former President Badruddoza Chowdhury, standing behind Sheikh Hasina on the dais of a Paltan Maidan rally organised in memory of slain AL
 arrow About anti-tobacco law
I remember a memorable speech by Dr. H.R.
 arrow Incorrect information
I am writing in reference to the article titled, 'Sovereignty and the doctrine of pre-emption' by Kazi Anwarul Masud published on May 16th 2004.
Worldarrow PM-elect pledges to defend minorities
India's incoming prime minister Manmohan Singh set the tone yesterday for his left-leaning government by pledging to defend the poor and make peace with Pakistan and between religious minorities.
 arrow Can the good doctor wield the scalpel?
Even the most ardent follower of the Nehru-Gandhi brigade would, through moistened eyes perhaps, concede that after Sonia declined Prime Ministerial office there could have been no better choice than71-year
 arrow Cabinet in the making
Stalwarts of India's Congress party are expected to dominate the cabinet of the new coalition government but the finance ministry could go to a non-politician, party sources said yesterday.
 arrow Will Sonia hold sway over Indian premier?

When Manmohan Singh takes oath as the prime minister of the world's largest democracy, it will herald a new stint in his 13-year-old parliamentary career but the real power will remain with Congress

 arrow Tigers insist on self-rule blueprint as basis for Lankan peace talks
Tamil Tiger rebels are insisting their blueprint for self-rule in Sri Lanka, which was rejected by the government as a stepping stone to a separate state, should be at the core of a revival of the stalled
 arrow 45 killed during 3-day of Maoist strike in Nepal
At least 45 people were killed and millions of dollars were lost in revenue during a three-day Maoist rebel strike across Nepal that ended yesterday, officials and industrialists said.
 arrow Security threat not the cause, says Rahul
Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul has rejected suggestions that security threat to his mother prompted her not to take up the post of Prime Minister.
 arrow No special clothes for swearing-in
A simple man, Prime Minister-designate Manmohan Singh will wear his 'regular clothes' when he is to be sworn in by President APJ Abdul Kalam, possibly tomorrow.
 arrow ICRC condemns killing of Iraqis by US troops
The International Committee of the Red Cross condemned yesterday an "excessive" use of force by the US military, after media reports accused troops of killing dozens of Iraqis at a wedding party.
 arrow Prison abuse divides Republicans
President George W. Bush's Republican Party is split over the examination of the US military abuse of Iraqi detainees, with some lawmakers complaining that it is impeding the military effort in Iraq.
 arrow Israeli court convicts Marwan Barghuti
Marwan Barghuti, found guilty by an Israeli court on several counts of murder yesterday, is one of the main inspirations behind the Intifada and remains Yasser Arafat's natural successor in the eyes of
 arrow Open criticism of US to imperil morale of UK troops
British Prime Minister Tony Blair told his cabinet yesterday that any open disagreement with the United States over Iraq would imperil the morale of British troops occupying the south of the country.
 arrow Interim Iraqi leader will be named soon: Bush
An interim Iraqi president, prime minister and other top ministers should be selected in the next two weeks, President Bush said on Wednesday as he prepared to lay out for the American public his strategy
 arrow No-confidence debate on against Thai cabinet
The censure debate deteriorated into a tumultuous farce on Wednesday when the House speaker and one of his deputies sided with government MPs in their controversial attempts to shield key Cabinet members