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Front Pagearrow SC finds flaw in filing appeal
The Supreme Court yesterday found irregularities in filing an appeal against the High Court's stay on Dhaka-10 by-polls where the attorney general's office presented the chief election commissioner's(CEC)
 arrow Containers at Ctg port to undergo scan by December
The National Smuggling Prevention Committee has decided to install container-scanning machine at Chittagong port by December this year to check smuggling and combat security threat.
 arrow Aid to drive next revenue budget up
A bigger agriculture subsidy, widened safety net programme, dearness allowance for government staff and incorporation of more development projects would increase the next year's revenue budget by around
 arrow Textile groups from 36 nations urge WTO to extend deadline
Fearing 30 million job cuts worldwide with the quota phase-out from next year, about 72 textile and apparel groups from 36 countries have urged WTO (World Trade Organisation) to extend the deadline up
 arrow CEC's signature adds new twist
The submission of an EC file yesterday at the full bench of Supreme Court containing the chief election commissioner's (CEC) signed approval of the appeal against the High Court stay order of Dhaka-10
 arrow Tigers take 64-run lead
Bangladesh took a 64 run lead into its second innings, the second time in its Test playing history, after bundling the West Indies out for 352 at the Beausejour Stadium on the fourth day of the firstmatch
 arrow Tk 50,000 bounty on Bangla Bhai's head
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia has directed law enforcement agencies to arrest all people with criminal record including Bangla Bhai, one of her political secretaries said yesterday amid announcement of Tk
 arrow Manmohan says Indo-Bangla partnership key to foreign policy
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the importance of India-Bangladesh partnership remains a cornerstone of his government's foreign policy.
 arrow 3 killed in city road crashes
Three people were killed in separate road accidents in the capital yesterday, sparking violent crowd protests in Fulbaria and Malibagh areas.
 arrow Experts warn against centralised school student assessment
Educationists yesterday expressed concern over the potential pitfalls, including dropout, of a centralised evaluation system the primary and mass education ministry plans to introduce to the studentsof
 arrow BTRC acts to end telecoms interconnection hitch
Telecoms watchdog Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has prepared a guideline to resolve the nagging interconnection issue blamed for stunting the growth of 'standard telecommunications'
 arrow Why keep cops when pvt force takes law into own hands?
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that Prime Minister Khaleda Zia handed over power to criminals to run the nation as her administration was totally non-functional.
 arrow Crusaders observe anti-tobacco day
Tobacco use is the 'fourth most common risk factor for diseases' in Bangladesh as well as in the world and its economic impact is also 'devastating', anti-tobacco activists said yesterday.
 arrow Blast at Karachi Shia mosque kills 14
A bomb blast inside a Shia mosque during evening prayers killed at least 14 people yesterday in the southern city of Karachi, where a senior cleric from Pakistan's majority Sunni sect was shot dead aday
 arrow FM reaches Delhi with PM's letters
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday promised to look to the future after his arrival in New Delhi on a four-day goodwill visit amid indications that Bangladesh and India may shed the baggage ofthe
 arrow 2 Gis, 2 Iraqis die in attacks
US troops clashed yesterday with Shia militiamen in fighting that killed two US soldiers and strained a ceasefire called last week around the holy cities of Kufa and Najaf.
 arrow Filipino FM promises support for ARF berth
Philippines Foreign Minister (FM) Delia Domingo-Albert has extended her country's strong support to Bangladesh for its membership of the Asean Regional Forum (ARF), a greater platform comprising the countries
 arrow Another shot dead in Kushtia
A local leader of Awami Sechhashebok League (ASL) was shot dead yesterday morning, hardly 30 hours after the killing of eight alleged outlaws in Kushtia.
 arrow Faiz gets Extension as DU VC
Professor SMA Faiz yesterday took over as vice-chancellor (VC) of Dhaka University (DU) on a fresh appointment.
 arrow Power supply Returns to normal
The severe power crisis that crippled the country apparently ended, as operation at the 450-megawatt Meghnaghat Power Plant, which remained closed last week, restarted yesterday.
 arrow Duta president gets threat letter again
Dhaka University Teachers Association (Duta) president AAMS Arefin Siddique last night received threats for the third time in less than two months that he would be killed if he did not pay Tk 50,000 in
 arrow Danish vessel Hits navy ship, seized
Chittagong Port Authorities (CPA) seized a Danish cargo vessel as it hit a Bangladesh navy ship in the port channel on Sunday.
 arrow Citizens' rally Urge all to resist JMJB
A citizens' rally in Rajshahi city yesterday called upon people to launch a united movement to resist militant activities of the Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB).
 arrow Enayet collects Tk 50 lakh with promise of US immigration
Enayet Karim Chowdhury, detained for suspected links with the Hazrat Shahjalal Shrine blast, yesterday said he received Tk 50 lakh from 10 noted personalities of the country after he promised to win them
 arrow Hotelier gunned down in city
Muggers gunned down a hotelier chasing him half a kilometre down a narrow lane in the city's Lalbagh area last night.
 arrow 1,122 workers await golden handshake
Mongla Port Authority (MPA) will be releasing 1,122 dock workers from services through a golden handshake programme from the first week of June.
 arrow Hunger strike...

Businessarrow Dhaka mulls readmission treaty with Rome
Dhaka is exploring the possibility of signing a 'readmission treaty' with Rome for regular recruitment of Bangladeshi workers in the West European country.
 arrow StanChart zeroes in on new products
David Fletcher, CEO, Bangladesh of Standard Chartered Bank, said the bank is going to introduce new products such as housing mortgage and debit card.
 arrow 'Bangladesh good for trading but bad for investment'
Investment climate in Bangladesh is not conducive, but the country is suitable for doing trade, a Japanese trade-promotion official said yesterday.
 arrow ĎAsia to maintain growth, but China slowdown a threat'
Economic growth in the Asia-Pacific will continue to outpace the rest of the world in the next five years but a Chinese slowdown looms as a genuine threat to the region, the Economist Intelligence Unit
 arrow Effectiveness of Prime Bank's new board postponed
Prime Bank authorities yesterday postponed the effectiveness of its newly elected board following a central bank directive to reconstitute it.
 arrow Bayer CropScience declares 20pc dividend
Bayer CropScience Ltd has declared a 20 percent dividend for the year 2003 at its 9th annual general meeting held recently in Dhaka.
 arrow CityCell, Bank Asia launch SMS banking service
CityCell subscribers who have accounts with Bank Asia will be able to access bank account details through SMS from their mobile phones.
 arrow Anwar Group to set up spinning mill in jt venture with Irish co
Anwar Group of Bangladesh and William Ross & Company Limited are going to set up jointly a linen yarn spinning unit namely Anwar Ross Linen Spinning Mill at Tongi in Gazipur.
 arrow Apec trade ministers to set pace for reviving WTO talks
Ministers of 21 Asia Pacific economies, controlling nearly half of world trade, meet in Chile this week under pressure from business groups in the region to jumpstart stalled global trade talks.
 arrow India stocks slump over 2pc on worries over govt policies
Indian share prices slumped more than two percent Monday as investors dumped stocks amid sustained concerns over the new government's left-leaning economic policies, dealers said.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Indifference or ignorance?
It's a little difficult at times to actually take in the amount of ignorance shown by people of other countries towards Bangladesh cricket.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
If you are a first time traveller to St Lucia covering cricket and you don't have a clue where to go or who to turn to, just ask somebody at the airport to take you to Reds Parreira.
 arrow Cricket: Half-century for Mashud
It didn't dawn on Khaled Mashud that he had just made a little piece of history when a Mohammad Rafique delivery brushed the bat's edge of West Indies left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul and took refuge
 arrow Cricket: BCB going for 4 dev centres
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to build four development centres in the city to provide practice facilities for young cricketers and local clubs.
 arrow Cricket: 'Come, Murali'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting on Monday urged Muttiah Muralitha-ran to tour Australia with Sri Lanka in July, saying local cricket fans would welcome him with open arms.
 arrow Football: Sher-e-Bangla Cup final today
Narayanganj will bid to win their maiden national football title when they take on three-time champions Bangladesh Army in today's final of the Sher-e-Bangla Cup 22nd National Football Championship.
 arrow Tennis: Mauresmo factor
Brittle talent Amelie Mauresmo on Tuesday hopes to take another step towards a first French Open title by derailing an American and Russian supercharge through Roland Garros.
 arrow Tennis: Henman prevails
Tim Henman thrust a dagger deep into French hearts, battling his way back from a two-set deficit to beat Parisian Michael Llodra and reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros for the first time.
 arrow Cricket: Craig brings NZ worry
Craig McMillan gave New Zealand an unwanted injury headache Sunday ahead of next week's second Test against England when he sustained more finger damage during the tourists' final warm-up match against
 arrow Cricket: Glenn ponders position?
Australian captain Ricky Ponting is backing strike bowler Glenn McGrath to take the new ball in the July home Test cricket series against Sri Lanka.
 arrow Tennis: Kuerten romps into quarters
Three-time former champion Gustavo Kuerten raced through to the French Open quarterfinals with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Spain's Feliciano Lopez on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar joins Hussain praise
India's Sachin Tendulkar has praised the captaincy of England's Nasser Hussain, who retired last week.
 arrow Cricket: 'Inzamam not inspirational'
Testifying in front of a senate committee instituted to look into Pakistan's failure in both the Test and one-day international series against India, Shaharyar Khan, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman
 arrow Cricket: Gaibandha cricket
Mohammedan Sporting Club defeated Adhunik Sporting Club by seven wickets in the Second Division Cricket League at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Volleyball: School v'ball
Nizamuddin High School clinched the school volleyball title defeating NH Modern High School 3-1 in the final at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Rating chess
The Bangladesh Chess Federation (BCF) will organise the Open FIDE Rating Chess tournament from May 7 at the federation auditorium.

Interested players have been asked to entry their names by May 4.

 arrow Football: Brazil, Argentina clash Thursday
The eyes of the footballing world will be very firmly trained on Belo Horizonte on Wednesday when Brazil host Argentina in one of the great international fixtures of world football.
 arrow Football: Italy tune up
Italy completed a confident 4-0 victory over African champions Tunisia on Sunday in their final warm-up game before Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Milan suffer HK surprise
Italian Serie A champions AC Milan were dealt a humiliating blow when they lost 2-1 to unheralded Hong Kong club Kitchee in an exhibition match on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Chapuisat still has the hunger
Striker Stephane Chapuisat will be the centre of attention at Basel's St Jakob Park on Wednesday when he is expected to earn his landmark 100th cap for Switzerland.
Metropolitanarrow 'Establish gender friendly workplace'
Every institution should have a functional gender policy and gender sensitive procedure to ensure a suitable working environment, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Arrest of killers of Ahsanullah Master demanded
Speakers at a condolence meeting yesterday demanded immediate arrest of and punishment to the killers of Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master, alleging that the ruling alliance had a hand in the killing.
 arrow Diarrhoea claims two, affects 47 in govt shelter in N'ganj
Two women died of diarrhoea at a government-sponsored shelter for children and sex workers at Godnail on Sunday night as the disease broke out five days ago, affecting 47 others.
Nationalarrow NGOs exploiting hill people: Larma
The Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) chief Jotirindriya Bodhipriya Larma alias Santu Larma on Sunday alleged that NGOs (non-government organisation) are "exploiting" the poor in Chittagong
 arrow Half-day hartal observed in Sylhet
A half-day hartal was observed in the city at the call of Sylhet Bibhag Ganodabi Parishad to press its demand for construction of a hanging bridge over the Surma river to replace the age old Keane bridge.
 arrow AL alleges attacks by BNP
Most of the leaders and activists of opposition Awami League in the divisional city are fleeing homes to escape alleged persecution by ruling BNP men.
 arrow Govt-NGO cooperation needed to ensure safe drinking water
Speakers at a seminar on Saturday stressed on close cooperation of government and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to ensure supply of safe drinking water by 2010 as planned by the government.
 arrow Kaptai plant runs at half its capacity
124 MW produced against 240 due to fall in water level Monirul Alam, Rangamati

Power generation at Kaptai hydro-electric plant has fallen drastically due to fall in water level of Kaptai lake.

 arrow Judge sets a rare example
A judge here has filed a case against a man and convicted him to 10 days' rigorous imprisonment (RI) with a fine of Tk 1000 for assaulting a plaintiff to withdraw a dowry case on the court premises.
 arrow Dacoity at NGO office in Barisal
Armed dacoits hacked the night guard and tied up the office manager of a Christian NGO and looted about Tk 70,000 in cash and valuables from its office at Jobarpar village in Agailjhara upazila in Barisal
 arrow Tk 49 cr agri loss in Moulvibazar flash flood
Crops on 38, 285 acres of land were totally submerged due to flash flood in the district in April, according to the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) here.
 arrow JCD men attack hotel owner for toll
A hotel owner was severely injured in an attack by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists on Saturday.
 arrow 3 killed in Three dists
Three persons including a woman were killed in Jhenidah, Meherpur and Rajbari on Saturday.
 arrow Six JCD activists hurt in factional clash at JU
Six activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) were injured in a factional clash over establishment of supremacy in Shahid Salam Barkat Hall on Saturday.
 arrow 'Killer' arrested From hotel
An alleged killer was arrested from a residential hotel at Sluizebazar in Charmontaz area of Galachipa upazila in Patuakhali district on Thursday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Interpreting the results
This is the first of the author's two-part series on the Indian polls.
Culturearrow Remembering a versatile artiste
Anjuman Ara Begum was the lady with a golden voice. She rose to popularity around the 1960s.
 arrow Channel-i to telecast Miss Universe 2004 live!
Becoming what is now considered universal royalty is still an obtainable dream for young women. Today, Miss Universe has become a fixture of pop culture, ingrained in the landscape of our minds.
 arrow A rewarding career for Kumar Biswajit
Today is the 42nd birthday of the popular singer Kumar Biswajit, who has had a long innings in the music world. The Culture Desk of The Daily Star wishes him many happy returns.
 arrow Marilyn Monroe: A troubled star
'And it seems to me you lived your life
Like a candle in the wind
Never knowing who to cling to
When the rain set in
And I would have liked to have known you
But I was just a kid

 arrow 'Tagore and Nazrul were our greatest inspiration during the Liberation War' --Kamal Lohani
'When Bangladeshi people faced extreme torment as the Pakistani rulers wanted to abolish our culture, we received the inspiration to revolt against injustice from Tagore and Nazrul, the two great poets
Generalarrow Nat'l Tree Fair begins today
The National Tree Plantation Movement and Tree Fair-2004 begins on the National Parade Ground in the city today.

Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is expected to inaugurate the fair at 11 am.

 arrow Fruit trader murdered, police informant shot
Police recovered the body of a bullet-riddled fruit trader from Sutrapur while criminals shot a police informant in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Strengthen anti-tobacco campaign: President
President Iajuddin Ahmed has called for further strengthening the anti-tobacco campaign to free the society from the curse of smoking.
 arrow Three Biman passengers arrested with fake tickets in Chittagong
Three passengers were arrested with forged tickets before boarding a Bangladesh Biman flight at Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport on Sunday night.
 arrow Wage Board Demand Day June 26
Sangbadik-Sramik-Karmachari Oikya Parishad will observe Wage Board Demand Day on June 26.

This was decided at a meeting at the National Press Club yesterday with Gias Kamal Chowdhury in the chair.

 arrow PM distributes foods, clothes among poor
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday distributed foods and clothes among the destitute in the city on the occasion of the 23rd death anniversary of President Ziaur Rahman.
 arrow Prof SMA Faiz appointed DU VC for 4 years
Prof. SMA Faiz took over as vice-chancellor of Dhaka University yesterday after his fresh appointment for four years.
 arrow 2 JU JCD men expelled
The central committee of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) has expelled two activists of Jahangirnagar University (JU) unit and served show cause notice on eight others for their involvement in an intra-party
 arrow Chhatra Moitree's new committee
Abu Naser Anik and Sheikh Farook Ahmed have been elected president and general secretary respectively of the new central committee of Biplobi Chhatra Moitree.
 arrow Jica Alumni Assoc executives
Golam Kibria Bhuiyan and Ejar Uddin have been elected president and general secretary of the Jica Alumni Association for 2004-2006, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Fears of new al-Qaeda attacks stalk Saudis
Fears of even more spectacular terror attacks haunted Saudi Arabia after three suspected al-Qaeda militants, who slit the throats of several foreigners among at least 22 killed in a bloody rampage, escaped
 arrow Nepali parties fail to pick PM
Nepal's political turmoil deepened yesterday as feuding opposition leaders failed to settle on a candidate for prime minister before a deadline set by King Gyanendra.
 arrow New govt in war of words with Pakistan
India's new government called yesterday for a "constructive" dialogue with Pakistan but entered a war of words with its rival neighbour over how to resolve the protracted Kashmir dispute.
 arrow al-Qaeda winning the war
The al-Qaeda network is winning the global war on terror, while America's use of overwhelming force against Muslim extremists is creating a sea of hatred and is strategically flawed, Asian analysts said
 arrow 'Israelis, Palestinians accept Egyptian plan'
The Israelis and Palestinians have accepted an Egyptian plan for a ceasefire, a resumption of peace talks and a meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his Palestinian counterpart Ahmed
 arrow N Korea a 'far more compelling threat' than Iraq: Kerry
President George W.
 arrow Lanka battles Mosquitoes as dengue fever claims 18 lives
Sri Lankan authorities launched a week-long campaign yesterday to destroy breeding grounds of mosquitoes as dengue fever claimed 18 lives while another 3,300 people were infected.
 arrow Bush keeps Saddam's pistol as a trophy
President Bush keeps in his White House offices a trophy of one his high points in the Iraq war, the pistol that Saddam Hussein held when soldiers pulled him from his underground hideaway.
 arrow BJP silent on CMP
The BJP's well known faces of economic reform Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and the two Aruns (Jaitley and Shourie) have been strangely silent about the common minimum programme of the UPA government,
Editorialarrow Editorial: Indo-Bangla ties
The initial statements made by the recently-elected government in New Delhi have been very encouraging for Bangladesh.
 arrow Editorial: Nizami's media bashing
In his meeting with the OCAB on Sunday Matiur Rahman Nizami, the Minister for Industries and Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh, has expressed his apprehensions that the 'exaggerated' media reports could
 arrow Plight of an NGO
The role of NGOs in addressing rural poverty and human development issues have long been debated.
 arrow Celebrating the BJP's departure
After a historic election, Mr Manmohan Singh has put together a Council of Ministers which reflects India's immense regional diversity and social plurality.
Letters to Editorarrow Good cricket!
There is hardly any doubt that Bangladesh cricket is improving, albeit slowly. A few days ago the Tigers completed their ODI series against the mighty West Indies.
 arrow Bomb blast at the shrine
I very strongly condemn the bomb blast at the holy shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal (RA) on 21-5-04, in which two people were killed and many more injured, including the British High Commissioner, Mr.
 arrow Constitution amendment
The Jatiya Sangsad has passed the Constitution Amendment Bill 2004 amid public censure. The main opposition party, Awami League, boycotted the parliament to show disagreement.
 arrow Bush's poppycock
People love their own country.
 arrow Investigation into arms haul
The government has apparently ignored its US counterpart's offer to investigate into origin, destination, carriers and owners of the huge quantity of arms hauled recently in Chittagong .
 arrow Pragmatic step
The government's decision to realize the domestic television set licence fee only once during purchase of the set is pragmatic, as also is the decision to waive the renewal of existing TV licence ifpaid