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Front Pagearrow Bid to insert 113 pet projects in ADP
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has detected and cancelled 113 unapproved projects that some planning ministry officials implanted in the next Annual Development Programme (ADP) in a bid to trick the
 arrow Rumsfeld to ask for troops to Iraq
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld yesterday said he would fly to Dhaka tomorrow on a brief 14-hour visit for talks with the Bangladesh leaders about 'their military's possible interest in peacekeeping
 arrow City-centric growth deprived rural poor
The benefits of the growing trend in economy the country has witnessed this fiscal year failed to reach the rural poor mainly due to city-centric development, the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) observed
 arrow Visual flash of light and colours...

 arrow Al-Haramain continues operation in Bangladesh
The operation of Saudi charity Al-Haramain in Bangladesh remained uninterrupted until yesterday, while Saudi Arabia on Wednesday announced that it moved to dissolve the Islamic organisation suspectedof
 arrow Business leaders term move anti-trade body
Chamber presidents of the country yesterday castigated the government for a recent commerce ministry order to make necessary provision for removal of FBCCI president and vice presidents and vowed to thwart
 arrow Practice-less Tigers 'ready' for 2nd Test
There is that unmistakable sense of coming to the big city when you set foot in Jamaica.
 arrow SP held for 'offering bribe' to Babar
A special superintendent of police (SP)) was arrested for what the police headquarters said was his offering bribe to State Minister for Home Lutfozzaman Babar.
 arrow Depositors bear brunt of interest rate cut
The bank interest rate cut enforced last year has hardly benefited the people, as the banks reduced the interest at the cost of the depositors, a recent survey found.
 arrow Industrial index fails reality
Is the Quantum Index of Production (QIP) truly reflecting the behaviour of the manufacturing sector? The question now rings around the corners as very conflicting figures regarding industrial loan disbursement,
 arrow PM urges scientists to invent
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the scientists to devote themselves to research and invention for the interest of the nation.

She made the call while donating Tk 2.

 arrow CIA chief resigns
CIA Director George Tenet, who weathered storms over intelligence lapses about suspected weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the September 11 terrorist attacks, has resigned, US President Bush said
 arrow Acting secy to PM forced into retirement
Prime Minister's Acting Secretary AHM Nurul Islam was forced into retirement yesterday reportedly on charges of violating service rule and acting against the government and the Bureau of Anti-Corruption
 arrow Lara to step down if Bangladesh not beaten
Brian Lara has said the West Indies should look for someone as new captain if his side fail to beat Bangladesh in five full days of cricket in the second Test at the Sabina Park in Kingston that starts
 arrow PDB skips talks as bidder ups project cost by $2m
Instead of reducing project cost through negotiations, the Power Development Board (PDB) has virtually allowed a bidder to increase by $2 million the proposed cost of setting up the second unit of Fenchuganj
 arrow BDB asks people to avenge govt insult
Speakers at a public meeting in Bikrampur yesterday asked the people to take revenge on the government by rejecting the BNP-nominated candidate in the upcoming by-polls.
 arrow 3 cops sacked for 'failure to hold off press'
A three-member special intelligence team yesterday arrived here to carry out parallel probe into the militant training camp in Hathazari unearthed by police on Tuesday.
 arrow Security upped to avoid clash between outlaw, JMJB
Claiming stepped up security measures, the divisional police authorities of Rajshahi yesterday brushed aside as baseless the villagers' apprehension of turf war between cadres of the militant Islamist
 arrow AL hartal tomorrow
Main opposition Awami League and its labour front Jatiya Sramik League enforced a 24-hour hartal tomorrow, first of its kind since the BNP-led alliance government took over.
 arrow Four including schoolboy killed in city
Four people including a schoolboy and two rickshaw-pullers were killed while extortionists shot and injured a shopkeeper in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Part of Osmani Udyan...

 arrow 30 hurt in BDR, mob clash
Paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) forces yesterday fired on a mob and the clash wounded 30 including seven BDR and three policemen, as the mob besieged Sultanganj BDR outpost after a wrangling over
 arrow Pvt space travel starts
The world's first privately funded rocket plane plans to shoot beyond the uppermost layers of Earth's atmosphere later this month in a bid to demonstrate the viability of commercial space flight, organisers
 arrow Brac gets Bill Gates award
Brac, a leading NGO of the country, has received the 2004 Gates Award for Global Health in recognition of its extraordinary achievement in improving health in the developing world, says a press release.
 arrow Army, BDR to go on guard today
With the deployment of army and BDR personnel today for maintaining peaceful atmosphere, all preparations have been completed for holding the Munshiganj-1 by-elections slated for June 6.
 arrow Bomb hurled at Khulna police station, 2 hurt
Miscreants hurled a homemade bomb at Kotwali Police Station in the heart of the city last night, leaving two policemen injured.
Businessarrow Take steps to allow central bonded warehouse
Garment exporters yesterday urged the government to allow central bonded warehouses for the benefit of entire value chain of textiles and clothing after BTMA conditionally supported the warehouse issue.
 arrow Six-yr high export growth likely this fiscal
Export statistics indicate a robust six-year high growth for this fiscal.

Export earnings crossed six billion US dollars in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, posting a 15.

 arrow Maiden 'Mobile Mela' attracts huge crowd
Hundreds of cellphone enthusiasts flocked to witness Mobile Mela -- the country's first-ever exposition of handsets and accessories that began in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow ADB grant to help cut unemployment risks for female RMG workers
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $420,000 in technical assistance (TA) grant for Bangladesh to help reduce unemployment risks and improves job opportunities for female garment workers.
 arrow House building corp to sell property of big defaulters
Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (BHBFC) has decided to sell property of its big defaulters.

The decision was taken at a meeting convened to set modus operandi to realise default loans.

 arrow Rahmania Biscuit re-introduces its products
Under a new management Rahmania Biscuit and Bread Industries Ltd yesterday re-introduced its products.

Bengal Group of Industries recently acquired the problem-ridden Rahmania Biscuit and Bread Industries.

 arrow Commercial Bank of Ceylon urged to get enlisted with CSE
Chittagong Stock Exchange (CSE) has urged Commercial Bank of Ceylon to get enlisted with the bourse.
 arrow Business team flies to Morocco today to attend ICC congress
A seven-member business delegation leaves here today for Marrakesh, Morocco to attend the 35th world congress of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the world business organisation, beginning Sunday.
 arrow Work on database of overseas job seekers starts at Baira tomorrow
As per a government decision to develop a database of Bangladeshi citizens seeking job abroad, Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (Baira) starts registration activities from tomorrow.
 arrow New DMD of Prime Bank
Kazi Masihur Rahman joined Prime Bank Limited as deputy managing director on Tuesday.
 arrow WTO members lock horns on farming issues
The World Trade Organisation's 147 member states locked horns Wednesday to discuss the thorny issue of farm trade, with three groups offering their own answers on how to move talks forward by an end-July
Sportsarrow Football: Ronaldo abases Argentina
Ronaldo wrote another chapter in his extraordinary career, winning and converting a hattrick of penalties to give Brazil a 3-1 victory over Argentina in a World Cup qualifier.
 arrow Football: Cash-starved football
The Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will need Tk 25 crore for the next five years to raise the standard of the game in the country.
 arrow Cricket: Calypso Cocktail
It was a virtual who's who of cricket stars at the Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados.
 arrow Tennis: All-Russian final
Childhood friends Anastasia Myskina and Elena Dementieva set up the first ever all-Russian Grand Slam showdown on Thursday by cruising into the French Open final.
 arrow Tennis: Nalbandian's turn
Gustavo Kuerten's love affair with Roland Garros turned sour on Wednesday as the three-time champion was upended in the quarter-finals by Argentina's David Nal-bandian.
 arrow Cricket: Saggers strikes early
Martin Saggers took a wicket with his first ball in a home Test as New Zealand reached 36 for one at tea after losing the toss in the second Test against England here at Headingley on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Asia Cup miss for Shoaib
Pakistan's hopes of avenging their home defeat against India were dampened Thursday when fiery pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar was ruled out of next month's Asia Cup, cricket official said.
 arrow NSC submits Tk 60 crore budget
The National Sports Council (NSC) has prepared a Tk 60 crore budget for the development of sports and running its different programmes in the coming financial year (2004-2005).
 arrow Kabadi: Ansars and VDP school kabadi champs
Ansars and VDP School clinched the title of the 12th school kabadi tournament, defeating Shaheed Nabi High School 78-28 with six lonas in the final at the Outer Stadium kabadi court yesterday.
 arrow Football: Joy banned for three matches
The National Football Champion-ship organising committee has suspended Abahani midfielder Arif Khan Joy for three matches for misbehaving with referee during last week's final round match between Narayanganj
 arrow Football: Training in French fortress
The time for VIPs, sponsors and fans armed with cameras has passed at the Clairefontaine training camp. France are now preparing single-mindedly for the defence of their European title.
 arrow Football: Will Becks' boot shine?
Two years ago it was the state of David Beckham's metatarsal bone that was gripping the nation in the build up to England's World Cup campaign.
 arrow Football: Voeller's teen gamble
Germany coach Rudi Voeller has taken a gamble by picking teenagers Lukas Podolski and Bastian Schweinsteiger for Euro 2004.
 arrow Football: Deco expects a change of heart
Deco Souza led Porto to victory with a man-of-the-match performance in the final of the Champions League but he is resigned to starting Euro 2004 on the bench.
 arrow Football: Germany spoil it
Germany extended their long unbeaten run against Switzerland to 16 games when they beat them 2-0 in a combative, high-tempo Euro 2004 warm-up on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Humiliated yet richer
Serie A champions AC Milan are heading home unperturbed by their miserable performance in a two-match end-of-season tour to China, consoled by the 600,000 dollars they earned in Shanghai.
Point-Counterpointarrow Assembly line
How expensive are four little words going to prove: "Who invited them here?" According to highly non-confidential and totally non-exclusive sources, this was the reaction of Mrs Sonia Gandhi when shediscovered
 arrow Indian instance: Some lessons for neighbours?
All calculations proved wrong. Atal Behari Vajpayee has earned deep respect as a politician, statesman and a diplomat of high calibre.
Culturearrow Heart throbs of the small screen
In the mid 80s there was an acute dearth of romantic heroines on the TV screen. For one, Suborna, the icon of a romantic heroine, was not a frequent face on the screen.
 arrow The Phoenician tale of Afghanistan
Civilisations do often arise out of ashes. Japan has reemerged from the horrors and ruins of World War II.
 arrow A day to dance
Jago Art Centre, a dance organisation, arranged a dance programme on June 1, at the National Museum Auditorium.
 arrow A tribute to Anthony Quinn
Three years ago on June 3, the legendary actor Anthony Quinn passed away. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico he was a member of a poor family.
 arrow Buzz
Bono denies plans for a 'Live Aid 2' concert
Irish rock star Bono played down rumours on Tuesday that he and his friends in the music industry are planning a second Live Aid concert to raise

Generalarrow Legal notice on govt not to sign deal
Two NGO activists served a legal notice on the government asking it not to sign any agreement on sending troops to Iraq during the forthcoming visit of US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
 arrow Take up eco-friendly projects for sustainable dev
Speakers at a seminar yesterday called upon the government to take up eco-friendly projects for sustainable development of the country.
 arrow Daily Star-Astech English debate final today
The final of The Daily Star-Astech Group Inter-School English Debate Competition will be held at the Muslim Institute Hall in the port city at 9:30am today.
 arrow Truckers observe strike at Bhomra
A six-hour transport strike was observed at Bhomra land port in Satkhira and at Shojadanga across the border in India yesterday in protest against an attack on an Indian truck driver at the land port.
 arrow 'Bring attackers to book'
Different socio-cultural organisations gathered at a rally yesterday demanding that persons involved in bomb attacks across the country be brought to book immediately.
 arrow 8 killed in road accidents
Eight people were killed and 41 others injured in road accidents in Kishoreganj and Manikganj districts yesterday and on Wednesday night

Of them, four were killed in Kishoreganj and the rest in Manikganj.

 arrow 3 more arrested, cop withdrawn
Police on Wednesday night arrested three people in connection with the shrine blast of May 21 while yet another police official from Sylhet was withdrawn in a reshuffle that saw three police officials
 arrow Gamblers beat up cops, snatch revolver
Gamblers beat up a four-member police team led by a sub-inspector (SI) and snatched a loaded revolver from the SI as the cops allegedly tried to extort from them Tk 10,000.
 arrow Brac gets Gates award for Global Health
Brac has received the Gates Award for Global Health.

William H Gates, Sr.

 arrow Bar on six from leaving country
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday sent a letter to the immigration office asking its officials not to allow six more people accused of killing Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master
 arrow ICCS at CMCH soon
Initiative is underway to establish Invasive Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery (ICCS) in Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) soon.
 arrow Minor girl raped in Narayanganj
Even a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was not spared from the lust of a young man in Narayanganj.
 arrow Police beat PSA activists
Police charged batons on the activists of Progressive Student Alliance (PSA) injuring at least seven of them on Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday evening.
 arrow AL to observe Six-point Day today
Bangladesh Awami League will observe the historic Six-point Day today.

The day's programme will begin with hoisting of national and party flags at the party offices throughout the country in themorning.

 arrow June 6 public holiday cancelled
Public holiday for by-election in the Dhaka-10 constituency of the Jatiya Sangsad on June 6 has been cancelled, an official handout said here yesterday.
 arrow PBCP cadre shot dead in Khulna
Ranajit Kumar Mondol, an armed cadre of M-L faction of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP), was shot dead by unidentified assailants Wednesday night at Pabla under Daulatpur thana.
 arrow College student killed in road accident
Raju Biswas, a student of first year of Rampal Dagree Collage was killed and ten others were injured in a road accident at Katakhali crossing under Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat district yesterday.
 arrow Conference postponed
Bangladesh Hindu Bouddha Christian Oikya Parishad has postponed its triennial national conference which was scheduled to be held in the first week of this month, says a press release.
 arrow Dist governor, vice governor of Lions Clubs
BH Sharif and MS Shekil Chowdhury have been elected district governor and vice-district governor of the Lions Clubs International, District-315B1, Bangladesh, for 2004-2005, says a press release.
 arrow CityCell selects winners of SMS Quiz Contest
CityCell, a leading cell phone service provider, has selected the winners of its SMS Quiz Contest during the Bangladesh-West Indies ODI, says a press release.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The SC verdict
In an ambience marked by a high degree of interest in legal circles topped off by public expectancy, the Supreme Court has upheld the High Court stay order on Ramna-Tejgaon parliamentary by-poll.
 arrow Editorial: NCB scandal at airport
Glaring instances have come to light of illegal transfer of money, indulged in by officials at the national commercial bank (NCB) branches, on the premises of Zia international airport.
 arrow Iraq: Withdrawal syndrome
CIA seems to have the upperhand within the new arrangement for the new administration in Iraq. Iyad Allawi, a member of the current Iraqi Governing Council has been declared Prime Minister of Iraq.
 arrow Gratification of cruelty
Last month, another launch sank in the river, and another load of human lives went to their watery graves. Bloated bodies floated in the water like votive candles from a festival of death.
 arrow A touch of al Qaeda taints the image of Bangladesh in Japan
One missing link that the investigators are trying to establish is that of Himu's connection with fundamentalist political parties back at home.
 arrow A tribute to daughters
With the progression of time, many new ideas are adopted by society while many old ones are discarded.
Letters to Editorarrow Congratulations Rafique
It was an amazing innings from you because you always were a stroke player and you stayed so long in the crease. Keep this form in the future and we will have lot of fun watching you playing.
 arrow Rise of Bangla Bhai
There comes a point when the government either needs to do something or acknowledge it has failed.
 arrow Launch disasters
The drowning of MV Lighting Sun on 23 May once again proved the unworthiness of lives in our country.
 arrow Obscene cinema posters
The explicit show of female anatomy in Bangla cinema posters, with all its ingredients of vulgarity ,crosses the threshold limit of our culture and ethics.
 arrow Same-sex marriage
I am writing in response to the letters by Mr. Mahbub and Mr. Kokoski both published on May 31.

Both letter writers evoked religion to justify their stance against same-sex marriage.

 arrow Election campaign methods
People of Dhaka City have recently been witnessing the campaigns of Member of Parliament election in some form or the other.
 arrow US concern over human rights!
The recent visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia, Christina Rocca, for observing the overall situation of human rights in Bangladesh clearly reminds us of America's own violation of
 arrow Biman: A showcase of antics
Two 26-year old F-28 aircraft is set to 'enrich' the fleet of Biman, the national airlines. The 1977-model planes have been bought at a cost of $2.91 million from Indonesian Hiebert Group Ltd.
 arrow High seat of learning
Everyone knows that a university represents the most momentous height of education, the purpose of which is to widen the outlook of students, impart skills and abilities and make students prepare for
 arrow Hijb-ut-Tahrir poster
All three letter writers in your Letters to the Editor column on the subject of the Hijb-ut-Tahrir's poster (Hijb-ut-Tahrir poster, DS, 31st May 2004) have, either missed or didn't care for, the mostimportant
 arrow Finance minister's observations
Though belated, I could not help saying a few words about our finance minister's replies that he gave to the journalists after one of the BDF meets, which the DS reported under the headline "Saifur takes
 arrow Can academia fulfil...
A write up by Dr. Andaleeb on the above mentioned topic (DS: 30 May 2004) is truly time befitting.
 arrow Scotland Yard, FBI and magic wand
So now we have dragged a couple of clever FBI and Scotland Yard boys (regarding Sylhet shrine blast) to clean our dirt? You people genuinely believe that some foreign agents are going to solve our problems
Worldarrow India, Pakistan to avoid squabbling on peace
Nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India agreed yesterday to avoid publicising differences ahead of peace talks later this month, the Pakistani foreign ministry said.
 arrow BJP demands removal of ministers facing criminal charges
Dozens of MPs from India's opposition Hindu nationalists marched through New Delhi yesterday to demand the removal of ministers facing criminal charges from the new left-leaning government.
 arrow Akali MPs, Sidhu stage walkout as Sajjan takes oath
Akali Dal members along with BJP first timer Navjot Singh Sidhu yesterday staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha as Congress member Sajjan Kumar, alleged to be involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, took oath.
 arrow Nepali PM pledges to make peace with Maoist rebels
Nepal's prime minister pledged yesterday to seek peace with Maoist rebels after he was sworn in by the king, who had fired him two years earlier for failing to end the insurgency.
 arrow Lankan troops, Tigers vow to stop killings
Sri Lankan security forces and Tamil Tiger rebels have agreed to take joint action to stem a wave of killings that has undermined their fragile truce, officials said yesterday.
 arrow 5 humanitarian workers killed in Afghanistan
Five humanitarian workers including three foreigners were shot dead Wednesday when their vehicle was ambushed in northwest Afghanistan, officials said.
 arrow Koreas resume military talks
South Korea and North Korea resumed general-level military talks yesterday to reduce tensions on the world's last Cold War frontier.
 arrow China keeps on silencing Tiananmen critics
A leading Chinese doctor who criticised the Communist Party's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown has disappeared on the eve of its 15th anniversary.
 arrow US, Britain revise Iraq resolution
The United States and Britain have introduced a revised resolution on Iraq that sets a rough timetable for the withdrawal of US-led foreign forces by early 2006.
 arrow Iran warns Israel against bombing N-facilities
Israel will suffer a "painful" response if it dares to attack any of Iran's nuclear facilities, the Islamic republic's top national security official warned Wednesday.
 arrow War on terror not a clash of religions: Bush
US President George W Bush Wednesday pledged relentless fight against terrorism worldwide until final victory and promised to stay the course in Iraq despite the surging violence in the war-ravaged country.
 arrow Rights groups sue US over prisoner abuse
Civil-rights and veterans groups on Wednesday sued the US government for what they said was illegally withholding records about American military abuse of prisoners held in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and other
 arrow Computer crash triggers chaos at Heathrow airport
Travel chaos gripped Britain's airports yesterday after an early morning breakdown of a key air traffic computer system that grounded many of the country's flights.
 arrow US scrambles to soften harsh language in UN rights report on Iraq
The United States is scrambling to soften allegedly harsh and inflammatory criticism of the US-led coalition in Iraq that is expected to be contained in a UN human rights report to be released this week,