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Front Pagearrow Mystery deepens over case ownership
It has become a sheer mystery as to who filed the appeal petition against the High Court verdict staying all proceedings of the parliamentary by-election to Dhaka-10 constituency until June 12.
 arrow Bangla Bhai's 'int'l-link'
A section of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh leaders and activists, blamed for killing at least eight outlaws in the northwest since April 1, has worked with al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, leaders of
 arrow No new anti-Bangladesh river policy
The Indian government will not implement any new water distribution policy that may affect water supply to Bangladesh, Water Resources Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi said yesterday.
 arrow 3 more pvt companies to get fixed phone licence
Telecoms watchdog the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has decided to award fixed phone licence to three more private operators to increase phone access, which is the lowest among
 arrow Student released, another abducted
Abductors yesterday released a USTC student allegedly after extracting Tk 15 lakh in ransom and another student was kidnapped from Bibirhat in the city Tuesday night.
 arrow Test starts today
Left-hander Faisal Hossain and right-arm paceman Tareq Aziz Khan are set to make their debuts when the first of the two-match Test series against the West Indies gets underway at the Beausejour Stadium
 arrow Taka tumbles further
The taka lost its turf to dollar once more yesterday with each greenback trading at a record high of Tk 62.

This shows a 0.75 percent rise in dollar price over last week when it was traded at Tk61.25.

 arrow Court bans journos
The Special Bench of the Appellate Division yesterday banned newspersons from the next hearing of the petition filed by returning officer (RO) of the Dhaka-10 parliamentary by-polls against the High Court
 arrow Dreaded boss was arrested in 2002
Police arrested Bangla Bhai, dreaded operations commander of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh, in a village in Bagerhat in 2002.
 arrow UK team again probes Sylhet blast scene
The five-member team of detectives from the Scotland Yard yesterday again probed the May 21 grenade blast scene at Hajrat Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet.
 arrow Rab yet to get into top gear
The much-talked-about Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) is yet to start its formal activities with one and half months passed since the elite anti-crime force swung into action.
 arrow Sitalakkya encroachment...

 arrow 70 held on first day
Security forces yesterday arrested about 70 leaders and activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in Khagrachhari during a dawn-to-dusk road and waterway blockade enforced by the pro-peace
 arrow Correction
Yesterday's issue of The Daily Star could not carry the comments of Law Minister Moudud Ahmed in the story headlined, 'AI slates attack on minorities, cop brutality', because of a computer glitch.
 arrow Officials ponder end to salvage of sunken launch
Strong currents and sand buildup in the sunken launch MV Digonto continued to hobble attempts to salvage the vessel from the swift-flowing Meghna and authorities ponder calling off the operation.
 arrow Clearing roads and footpaths...

 arrow Caribbean flood toll nears 2,000
The death toll from devastating floods and landslides in Haiti and the Dominican Republic rose to at least 1,950 on Wednesday with the discovery of more than 1,000 bodies in a Haitian town.
 arrow BOU students in textbook trouble
Students of BA and BSS fifth semester of Bangladesh Open University (BOU) are yet to get their textbooks about five months after the semester began.
 arrow Govt plans no oil price hike
As oil prices slipped further in the international market yesterday, the government ruled out any possibility of fuel oil price hike in the country in the near future.
 arrow JS probe into CNG scam faces hurdles
The parliamentary sub-committee assigned to investigate the alleged corruption in import and distribution of CNG (compressed natural gas)-run three-wheelers is facing difficulties due to communications
 arrow Iraq cleric offers truce, US silent
Moqtada al-Sadr pulled his Shia militia from strongholds in Najaf yesterday and a US-appointed Iraqi official said American forces had agreed to a truce offered by the radical cleric in the holy city.
 arrow Robbers take businessman to his flat to loot at will
An armed gang reportedly looted about Tk 15.73 lakh in cash and valuables, from the apartment of a businessman at Shantinagar in Motijheel early yesterday.
 arrow Army, air force officers tried to kill me
Junior Pakistani army and air force officers were involved in two attempts to kill President Pervez Musharraf last December, he said in an interview yesterday.
 arrow Envoy Anwar anxious to return to Dhaka
British High Commissioner to Bangladesh Anwar Choudhury, who is under treatment at a London hospital, is recovering fast and will return to Dhaka as soon as his doctors allow.
 arrow DCC razes 300 motor parts shops at Dholaikhal
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) yesterday freed Dholaikhal main road, pavement and median long under illegal occupation mainly by motor parts shop owners.
 arrow Court rejects Faruque's bail petitions
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the ad-interim bail petitions for Proshika President Qazi Faruque Ahmed in the two graft cases filed against him by the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac).
 arrow A fire in the warehouse...

 arrow Cop dies in accidental gunshot
A police constable was shot dead by a colleague inside the armoury of Security Printing Corporation Limited here yesterday morning.
 arrow New acting president of Proshika
Proshika has appointed its chief financial officer as the acting president in absence of its imprisoned president Qazi Faruque and senior vice president David William Biswas, while international donor
 arrow Captors free teacher on ransom, kill trader
Captors freed a schoolteacher of Kushtia on Wednesday night and killed a transport trader, who was abducted on Monday night, in Jhenidah yesterday.
 arrow One more held on charge of Tungipara bomb threat
Police yesterday arrested one more person in connection with the threat to blow up the tomb of Banga-bandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara of Gopalganj district.
 arrow PM returns
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia returned home last night concluding her four-day visit to Shanghai in China where she attended a global conference on poverty.
 arrow Power-plant trips scale up outage
The country yesterday experienced serious power outage as two major power plants tripped.

The crisis may continue for a week, Bangladesh Power Develop-ment Board (PDB) sources said.

Businessarrow Improved trade performance vital to escape poverty trap
Improved trade performance is necessary to escape the complex poverty trap in LDCs, but mere increasing exports do not necessarily lead to poverty reduction, says an Unctad report.
 arrow Costly microcredit retards women empowerment
High interest rate on microcredit is one of the main obstacles to women empowerment in the country, economist Wahiduddin Mahmud said yesterday.
 arrow RMG exporters again ask for central bonded warehouses
Garment exporters once again have asked for central bonded warehouses to help the apparel sector face the challenges of quota-free regime.
 arrow DCCI team meets president
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday urged the business community to play an effective role in developing human resources and information technology.
 arrow Bank Asia, Agrani Bank sign deal
Bank Asia Limited and Agrani Bank recently signed an agency agreement to facilitate the issuance of telegraphic transfer (TT) and demand drafts.
 arrow Apex Footwear, Technohaven sign contract
Apex Footwear Limited signed an agreement with Technohaven Co Ltd to implement ERP solution in its operation.
 arrow Southeast Bank hosts Central Shariah Board meeting
Southeast Bank Ltd hosted the 12th meeting of the Central Shariah Board of Islamic banks in Bangladesh recently in Dhaka. Moulana Ubaidul Huq, chairman of the board, presided over the meeting.
 arrow New coalition to pledge high growth, more jobs for India
India's new ruling coalition was to unveil a left-leaning agenda later Thursday aiming at 7-8 percent economic growth while creating more jobs and scrapping sales of profitable state-run firms.
 arrow Oil prices trickle lower ahead of Opec meeting
Oil prices lost more steam Thursday as traders held their nerve despite a report of tight US inventories, locking in profits ahead of a likely production boost by Opec producers next week.
 arrow Chaebols expand investment plans
South Korea's leading industrial groups announced yesterday short and mid-term plans to increase investment to give a badly-needed boost to the economy and stimulate a recovery, after more than a year
 arrow IMF downplays China, oil price impact on global growth
The IMF Thursday downplayed the possible negative impact of a Chinese economic slowdown and a spike in oil prices on global growth, stressing China's share of world output and trade is relatively small.
 arrow Pakistan to stick with low interest rates
Pakistan will maintain a low interest rate regime and inflation is likely to remain on target thanks to measures to be taken to ease tightness in wheat supplies, Finance Minister Shaukat Aziz said onWednesday.
 arrow New MD of Union Capital
Mahbubul Alam has joined Union Capital Limited as managing director, says a press release.
 arrow DHL named best express operator
DHL has been named best express operator for the 18th consecutive year at the Asian Freight and Supply Chain Awards-2004 (AFSCA).
 arrow ROK consortium wins $101m order in Bangladesh
South Korean consortium of LG Industrial Systems and Hyundai Corp. said Thursday it has obtained a 101.7 million dollar order from Bangladesh Railway for signal equipment.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
A first look at the Beausejour (pronounced Bo-sha-jor) Stadium and you cannot but get impressed. The 15,000-capacity ground is the pride of the Caribbean at the moment and it's not difficult to see why.
 arrow Chess: Ngueyn lifts title
Vietnamese Grand Master Ngueyn Anh Dung clinched the Leonine Second Grand Master Chess tournament title when he picked the much needed half-a-point in the 11th and final round yesterday.
 arrow Football: Narayanganj complete semis lineup
Narayanganj dumped star-studded Dhaka University out of the Sher-e-Bangla 22nd National Football Championship when they shared a goalless draw at the Natore Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Lehmann kills slowly
Darren Lehmann scored a half-century and took four wickets to play the major hand in Australia's victory over Zimbabwe that clinched the series in the second one-day international yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Hussain calls time
Former England captain Nasser Hussain has retired from Test and first-class cricket with immediate effect.
 arrow Tennis: Federer meets Kuerten next
Top seed Roger Federer's dream of adding the French Open title to his Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns will face its stiffest examination when he comes up against triple Roland Garros winner Gustavo
 arrow Cricket: Mega Dutch tri-series
World champions Australia will take on Asian rivals India and Pakistan in a high-profile limited-overs cricket series to be played in the Netherlands in August, it was announced on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Ctg cricket
Kallol Sangha and Abedin Club won their respective matches in the CJKS S Alam First Division Cricket League which resumed in Chittagong yesterday after a short break.
 arrow Tennis: Roddick leaves US empty
Defending women's champion and top seed Justine Henin-Hardenne, and men's second seed Andy Roddick went crashing out of the French Open on Wednesday on a day when home players left a stunning impression
 arrow Cricket: Lamb chooses to quit
Tim Lamb is to step down as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) at the end of September. He has held the post since the ECB's inception in 1997.
 arrow Cricket: A true leader
Nasser Hussain's retirement from cricket on Thursday was a typically decisive, and apparently selfless, move from someone who will be remembered as the finest England captain of his era.
 arrow Cricket: May dismayed at Zim
Zimbabwe is ignoring cricket's 'core values' and the International Cricket Council should consider that when assessing the Zimbabwe crisis at its meeting next month, the international players' association
 arrow Hockey: Big win for MSC
Mohammedan Sporting Club recorded a massive 11-1 win over Bengal Club in the CJKS-JDC First Division Hockey League at the MA Aziz Stadium in Chittagong yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Marketing champs in DU cricket
Marketing lifted the Dhaka University inter-department cricket title with a thumping nine-wicket win over History in yesterday's final at the Jagannath Hall ground.
 arrow Football: Porto punish poor Monaco
Portugal's FC Porto became the first team in 27 years to win the UEFA Cup and Champions League in successive seasons with a 3-0 victory over French side Monaco here on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Shocked, silenced
Thousands of soccer fans in the Mediterranean resort of Monaco watched in shocked silence as their team lost 3-0 to Porto in the Champions League final on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Perfect ending
Porto's Champions League final victory over Monaco on Wednesday was almost certainly the final match in charge for triumphant coach Jose Mourinho, who said he was interested in a move to England.
 arrow Football: Terry scares Carlos
England defender John Terry has warned Roberto Carlos he would face a tough battle for a place in the Chelsea line-up if the Brazil World Cup winner arrives at Stamford Bridge this summer from Real Madrid.
 arrow Football: Liverpool tempt Benitez
Liverpool have reportedly offered Valencia coach Rafael Benitez an 8 million pound, four-year deal to manage the English Premiership club.
Metropolitanarrow Communal forces get stronger day by day: Hasina
Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the communal forces, not the BNP, are getting stronger day by day under the leadership of Prime MinisterKhaleda
 arrow Daily Star, Prothom Alo editors get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, and Matiur Rahman, editor of the Prothom Alo, and its news editor Sanaullah, in two separate defamation cases
Point-Counterpointarrow Economic policy in a functioning democracy
India's economic policies have evoked more interest than those of perhaps any other developing country.
Culturearrow 'I draw inspiration from nature'
Renowned actor Jayanto Chattopadhyay is probably the busiest media artiste both in television and cinema at the moment.
 arrow A jinx holds sway
There lives amongst us, a rotten apple, a jinx, who clasps everyone around him unknowingly, making them rot as well.
 arrow Nazrul Academy observes the day
Nazrul Academy has arranged a three-day celebration progamme to mark the 105th birth anniversary of our National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
 arrow IIFA awards ends with fanfare in Singapore
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards are held each year outside of India to promote Bollywood to a global audience.
Generalarrow Ensure access to justice to protect HR
Ensuring access to justice is a must for protection of human rights and overall development, speakers said at a workshop in the city yesterday.
 arrow Uganda to back Dhaka for OIC post
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Musaveni said here yesterday that his country would support Bangladesh candidate for the post of OIC secretary general.
 arrow Arrested outlaw admits to involvement in 3 murders
One of four outlaws arrested in Dhaka this week admitted to his involvement in three murders that took place in Rajshahi, police sources said yesterday.
 arrow Pak naval chief in city
Chief of the Naval Staff of Pakistan, Admiral Shahid Karimullah arrived here yesterday on a six-day visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Adhunik Award announced
Adhunik, an anti-tobacco national organisation, has nominated seven individuals and its two branches for "Adhunik award" on the occasion of World No-Tobacco Day on May 31.
 arrow Appeal for help
Family members of a three-year-and-eight-month-old boy, Abu Naser, seek financial assistance for his treatment.
 arrow Chinese aid for launch capsize victims
China has provided 20,000 dollars for the families of the recent launch capsize victims.
 arrow Vegetable vendor dies after interrrogation
Aslam Bepari arrested by joint forces on Wednesday at Jamira Union of Phultala upazila succumbed to his injuries early yesterday morning at Khulna Medical College Hospital (KMCH).
 arrow One gets death
One person was sentenced to death yesterday for killing his pregnant wife in the city last year.
 arrow Attack on writer Anu Muhammad condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the attack on writer, economist and professor of Jahangirnagar University (JU) Dr Anu Muhammad in front of Sheraton Hotel in the city on Wednesday evening.
 arrow Seminar on reporting held in Ctg
A seminar on 'Bias and its Reflection on Accurate Reporting' was held at the local chamber auditorium yesterday.
 arrow Bomb attack on police van: 2 FIRs lodged
Two separate FIRs were lodged with Khulna thana in connection with bomb attack on a police patrol pick-up a few yards off the house of Khulna Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman at Natun Bazar on Wednesday night.
 arrow Language workshop begins at DU
A month-long workshop on 'Language documentation technique' began at Dhaka University on May 25.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's poverty alleviation speech in Shanghai
Bangladesh is an experienced campaigner against poverty by virtue of her encounter with and handling of the phenomenon during the last three decades and a quarter.
 arrow Editorial: Amnesty slams US
We could not agree more with the Amnesty International's assertion that powerful governments are violating international laws in the 'blind pursuit' of global security.
 arrow Monitoring criminal investigation process
Both the print and electronic media have brought to light the results of monitoring of investigation of criminal cases of serious nature.
 arrow Arms, legs and dignity of man
Grisly thoughts but let us think. Suppose your arms and legs are chopped, what is left of you is a stump, a block of flesh and bones thatched with skins.
 arrow Novo Theatre should be named after Al-Biruni
I would like to draw the attention of the authority concerned with "Novo Theatre" (Astronomy Theatre) to the following suggestion:

No doubt, the newly built "Novo Theatre" is paramount in its architectural

Letters to Editorarrow Shahjalal Shrine blast
In the recent blast three people were reported dead and more than 70 injured, including the British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Mr Anwar Choudhury.
 arrow A neglected day
I was very sad to note the lack of attention to the important international day (22 May 2004) for Biological Diversity.
 arrow I'm delighted
As a secular minded Indian I am delighted that the NDA has finally been shown the door. I have always felt that the alliance had been a wolf in sheep's clothing.
 arrow Role model: Sonia Gandhi
Any sort of appreciation regarding Sonia Gandhi is insufficient. What she showed the worldly people will go down in history in golden letters.
 arrow Indian election
India is home to the biggest democracy in the world, and their democratic politeness is evident from the recent parliamentary election.
 arrow Of guided missiles and misguided army
"A few bad apples" from a poorly trained military police unit with their isolated 'not so human' actions are bringing bad name to America, the country regarded as the apex of civilised development and
 arrow May we learn something from it!
The election in India took place recently. We can see that the Congress is now in the driver's seat. In fact, it has already formed government.
 arrow Indian elections: Kuldip's analysis
Mr. Kuldip Nayar is a very well renowned journalist in this part of the world but I am very surprised by his analysis of the just concluded Indian election results.
 arrow The new Indian PM
My attention was drawn to DS editorial (May 24) " Manmohan in straddle".
 arrow Issuance of second class certificate under pick-up method
The NU allowed pick-up facility to the improvement examinees of 1996 and 1997 who were regular examinees of 1993, 1994 and 1995 as per the Academic Council's decision in the 34th meeting held on 03.04.
Environmentarrow The Sundarbans and coastal fisheries
The Sundarbans is considered to be the single tract largest mangrove forest in the world that covers an area of 6017 km2, out of which 4143 km2 is the landmass.
 arrow Let there be more Kigelia trees
My attention has been drawn to the news item about the Kigelia tree, published on May 22 in The Daily Star. As per the news there are three Kigelia trees in South Asia.
Worldarrow New govt to step up focus on education
Congress-led government will not privatise profit-making state-run companies but would selectively sell stakes in loss-making state-owned firms, the new administration's policy agenda says.
 arrow Indo-Israel defence ties to continue: Pranab
India's close defence ties with Israel could continue regardless of the sniping by members of the Congress-led coalition, the defence minister, Pranab Mukherjee, said yesterday.
 arrow BJP asks governors not to quit
The BJP has informally told Governors appointed during the NDA regime not to tender their resignations in the hope that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will follow the convention of
 arrow Sharon revises his Gaza pullout plan
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, bolstered by reports that he will avoid prosecution for corruption, on Sunday will unveil his revamped Gaza Strip withdrawal plan to his cabinet, where aides say he
 arrow Asia bucking trend towards abolishing death penalty: AI
Asia executed more people in 2003 than the rest of the world combined, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said Wednesday, warning that the region was bucking a trend to abolish capital punishment.
 arrow 'Iran may halt snap IAEA inspection'
Iran warned the UN's nuclear watchdog yesterday it might resume uranium enrichment and halt snap inspections of its nuclear sites if the body did not recognise Tehran's cooperation at a board meetingnext
 arrow Donors to push Lanka to resume peace talks
An international donors meeting on Sri Lanka next week is expected to push for a resumption of peace talks between Colombo and Tamil Tiger rebels, the US State Department said Wednesday.
 arrow BJP rules out change of guard in Gujarat
Refuting reports that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has 'threatened' to resign in the wake of brewing dissidence among the MLAs, the ruling BJP yesterday categorically ruled out any change in leadership
 arrow Dixit appointed Indian nat'l security advisor
Seasoned diplomat and India's former Foreign Secretary J N Dixit has appointed to the powerful post of the country's National Security advisor.
 arrow Search for terrorists goes on across world
Global intelligence and police agencies are on a worldwide hunt for terrorists with ties to places as disparate as Boston, Islamabad, and Panama City, part of a US scramble to head off what officialsfear
 arrow Anti-war trio demand full Iraqi sovereignty
The United States and Britain ran into new Security Council opposition Wednesday over Iraq, with key opponents of the war calling for changes to their draft resolution on the June 30 handover of power.
 arrow Iraq scientist doesn't want to be PM
With only a few days left, the UN-led hunt for candidates to fill the 30 posts in a new interim Iraqi government heated up Wednesday, but a nuclear scientist who had been jailed by Saddam Hussein took
 arrow Radical Muslim cleric arrested in Britain
The radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, known for his fiery sermons to London Muslims, was arrested in the early hours of yesterday following a US request for his extradition, British police said.
 arrow NY Times admits it was misled by Iraqi defectors
The New York Times publicly took itself to task Wednesday for its pre-Iraq war coverage, admitting it was taken in by spurious information from Iraqi exiles with their own agenda to oust Saddam Hussein.
 arrow Sudan govt, rebels sign peace pact
Sudan's government and rebels signed key agreements on Wednesday, resolving the last remaining issues needed to end Africa's longest-running conflict.
 arrow Rumsfeld must resign over abuse: Gore
Former US Vice President Al Gore Wednesday demanded Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other top Bush administration officials resign for encouraging policies that led to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners
 arrow Kerry attacks Bush's record on defending homeland
Democratic White House challenger John Kerry accused President Bush Wednesday of being more interested in election-year photo opportunities than providing funds to defend against another Sept.