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Front Pagearrow Corporate sector to be accountable to JS
The government has agreed to a World Bank (WB) condition to draft a law by June to make the corporate sector accountable to parliament.
 arrow Shady deals in prime abandoned property
The bidding process in Rajuk sales of certain prime properties in the Gulshan and Banani areas was manipulated behind the scenes, ensuring select individuals' preferential treatment in the bids, sources
 arrow No river linking scheme on Eastern Zone
Indian Water Resources Minister Priyoranjan Dasmunsi said that the Congress led coalition government will not implement river linking projects in the Eastern Zone to avoid any dent in relationship with
 arrow Women unite for freedom, equality
"A revolution has begun and there's no going back. We must fight to ensure women's rights and security," read a slogan at a grand assembly of women in the South Plaza of Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban yesterday.
 arrow Rab man held for bribery
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested and took punitive action against one of its members for bribery, taking the number of Rab-men punished for various offences to 107 since its inception in
 arrow Pakistan 312 all out
Pakistan batsman Asim Kamal top-scored with 91 and paceman Lakshmipathy Balaji grabbed his maiden five-wicket haul to give a rousing start to the first Test in India on Tuesday.
 arrow Court allows cops to show Galib arrested in outlaw murder
Militant kingpin Muhammad Asadullah Al Galib was sent to Gaibandha from Dhaka yesterday on completion of his 10-day remand.
 arrow Suspicion on husband's nephew
Aminul, the nephew of Dr Nazneen's husband, killed her and her housemaid in Dhanmondi Monday night after the doctor learned that Aminul raped the maid, law enforcers said in their preliminary probe.
 arrow ACC chief's controversial move for intelligence unit
Chairman of Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Justice Sultan Hossain Khan yesterday unilaterally moved to propose appointment of 20 army officials, on deputation, to form intelligence and counter-intelligence
 arrow WB okays $200m for post-flood recovery
The World Bank (WB) yesterday approved $200 million package for post-flood recovery assistance programme in the country.
 arrow Milon plans chopper vigilance
As part of stepped up vigilance to prevent any type of unfair means in Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Examinations that begin tomorrow, State Minister for Education ANM Ehsanul Hoque Milon will rush
 arrow Unocal to start gas production April 5
US company Unocal will start gas production in its Moulvibazar gas field on April 5, official sources said.
 arrow HR, democracy best tools to counter terrorism
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said human rights and democracy are the best tools in hand for any success in the counter-terrorism measure and to confront global terrorism.
 arrow Hartal a thing of past
A United Nations executive said here yesterday that hartal is a thing of the past and counterproductive for the present times.
"Hartal is a good idea for the past era, but today it is a bad habit.

 arrow NBCP cadre killed in 'crossfire'
A cadre of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) was killed in a 'shootout' between his accomplices and police at village Dhuliarchar in Pangsha upazila under Rajbari district early yesterday.
 arrow A chain of gypsies...

 arrow Dr Kamal for direct election of women
Jatiyo Oikya Mancha President Dr Kamal Hossain said direct election to the reserved seats for women in the parliament is necessary for ensuring their political rights.
 arrow Ban on rally on JS compound violated
Violating a government ban on any programme on the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban premises during a session, Ministry of Women Affairs yesterday held a rally on the South Plaza of parliament.
 arrow JMJB threatens ex-JP MP with death
Former lawmaker of Rajshahi-3 constituency Sarder Amzad Hossain on March 1 received a letter from the recently banned Islamist militant outfit Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) threatening him with
 arrow Two infants found dead
Police recovered bodies of two infants, including a newborn, from two places at Khilgaon and Dhanmondi within 18 hours since Monday afternoon.
 arrow Firoz Rashid ditches BJP for Ershad
Kazi Firoz Rashid, secretary-general of the ruling four-party coalition partner Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), rejoined the Ershad-led Jatiya Party (JP) yesterday.
 arrow 3 cops appear in court for naming dead man, babies
Three police officials and the plaintiff of a robbery case filed in Chittagong against a dead man and 10 others including four babies yesterday appeared before the High Court (HC) following a suo moto
 arrow Forex worth Tk 38 lakh seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia Inter-national Airport (ZIA) on Monday night seized foreign currencies worth over Tk 38 lakh from a Singapore-bound passenger.
 arrow 2 top BTRC posts filled
The government yesterday appointed the vice-chairman and a commissioner at the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
 arrow SC advises ETV to seek licence
The Supreme Court Tuesday advised the Ekushey Television (ETV) authorities to file an application to the government seeking licence for reopening the television channel.
Businessarrow BB unveils steps to check volatile call money market
The non-bank financial institutions (NBFIs) will not be allowed to borrow more than 15 percent of their paid up capital from call money market with effect from July 1, 2005.
 arrow Lake City Concord opens
A leading real estate company yesterday inaugurated a satellite township on the outskirts of Dhaka city, offering the cheapest apartments in Bangladesh.
 arrow Port efficiency needed to make RMG competitive
Speakers at a seminar yesterday underscored the need for improving efficiency at ports to help make local garments competitive in the post-MFA era.
 arrow Skill, tech seen vital to face quota-free era
Speakers at a function here yesterday underscored the need for simultaneous application of skill and technology in the garments sector, the country's highest foreign exchange earner, to face the challenges
 arrow Local railway sleeper cos seek govt help to tap export potential
Local railway sleeper manufacturers yesterday sought government help to export the product.
 arrow Rangamati timber traders form human chain today
Timber traders and tribal tree planters of Rangamati will form a human chain in the town today demanding reopening of log transportation from the hill district.
 arrow Lipton tea to be available at Fantasy Kingdom
Lipton tea, a product of consumer goods manufacturer Unilever Bangladesh Ltd, will be exclusively present at theme park Fantasy Kingdom from now on.
 arrow India plans biggest tax reform
India will push ahead with its most-ambitious tax reform ever next month even if some of its 28 states fail to sign up, the head of a committee of state finance ministers said in reports Tuesday.
 arrow Siemens plans cost-cutting in mobile phones division
German electronics giant Siemens said on Tuesday it was planning to cut costs in its phone mobile handsets division, where it is losing both money and market share.
 arrow Honda sees15pc sales growth in India
The Indian subsidiary of Japan's Honda Motor on Tuesday forecast its sales of passenger cars would grow 15 percent in the 2005-2006 fiscal year due to the country's strong economic growth.
 arrow Oil slips but holds over $53
Oil prices nudged lower on Tuesday as US crude stocks looked set to rise for the fourth week in a row, but held above $53 on growing signals that Opec was unlikely to boost output to tackle soaring energy
 arrow New GM (projects) of Power Grid Co
Md Ruhul Amin has recently been made general manager (chief engineer) of projects of Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd.
 arrow UAE-Bangladesh Investment Co MD awarded with fellowship
SM Akbar, managing director of UAE-Bangladesh Investment Company, has recently been awarded with fellowship by Chartered Management Institute of London, which is the highest professional recognition of
 arrow US kicks off FTA talks with UAE
The head of the US team which kicked off talks on a free trade pact with Emirati counterparts Tuesday brushed off Saudi concerns that such bilateral deals hinder Gulf economic integration, saying Riyadh's
Sportsarrow Cricket: Honours even on Day 1
Little-known Asim Kamal and Inzamamul Haq saved Pakistan from a batting embarrassment with gutsy half-centuries under pressure in the first Test against India here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 5-star Balaji wants more
Indian paceman Laxmipathi Bala-ji said Tuesday he was hungry for more after claiming a maiden five-wicket haul in the opening Test against Pakistan.
 arrow Football: BU's Asian test today
Brothers Union will make their debut in a top level competition under Asian Football Confederation today when the National and Dhaka Premier League champions host Turkmenistan's Nisa FC in an AFC Cupfirst
 arrow Cricket: BD A humbled
After a comfortable victory in the second match, Bangladesh A came crashing down to earth in the third one-dayer against Zimbabwe A when they were handed a nine-wicket defeat on Monday at the Queens Sports
 arrow Cricket: Grenada talks break down
Talks in Grenada on Monday lasting almost seven hours failed to settle the sponsorship row which saw Brian Lara and six others dropped by West Indies.
 arrow Cricket: India plays straight bat to Musharraf's googly
India on Monday was noncommittal about extending Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf an invitation to watch his country's cricketers on their first full Test tour of India in six years.
 arrow Football: Prepare for non-stop action
Real Madrid's graceful midfielder Zinedine Zidane says his team will not sit on their slender advantage in Wednesday's crunch Champions League clash here against his former club Juventus.
 arrow Football: Uphill task for Gunners, L'kusen
Arsenal will need to pull off a first class performance, like Monaco and Deportivo La Coruna last season, to avoid elimination from the European Champions League by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: ICC, Lord's part ways
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed Monday it would be quitting London's Lord's Cricket Ground, its home for 96 years, and relocating its main office to Dubai in August.
 arrow Armstrong, Federer Oscar nominees
Six-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong and men's tennis number one Roger Federer were nominated on Tuesday for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award.
 arrow Table Tennis: Biman men's team champs
Bangladesh Biman comfortably clinched the men's team crown in the Rumi Smriti Open Table Tennis Tournament yesterday but their women's and boys' teams failed to land titles.
 arrow Football: Silly Mukti!
Dhaka giants Muktijoddha Sangsad were left embarrassed on the eve of their AFC Cup match against Indian giants East Bengal.
 arrow Chess: Zia keeps lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman maintained his solo lead in the Mercantile Bank 31st National Chess Championship after the end of the eleventh round at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room yesterday.
 arrow Handball: BJMC thrash Rangpur
Defending champions BJMC made a flying start in the Pepsi 17th National Handball Women's Championship when they handed Rangpur a 17-3 defeat in the opening match at the Dampara Police Lines ground inChittagong
 arrow Cricket: Hayden cleared for first Test
Opening batsman Matthew Hayden has been passed fit to play for Australia in the first Test against New Zealand, which starts in Christchurch on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: May quits ACA
Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) chief executive Tim May announced his resignation Tuesday after eight years in the job.
 arrow Athletics: Nat'l athletics starts tomorrow
The PHP 30th National Athletics Championships gets underway tomorrow at the MA Aziz Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock unlikely for 2nd Test
Shaun Pollock is unlikely to participate in the second Test against Zimbabwe due to an ankle problem he sustained during the series against England.
Metropolitanarrow 'Child-sensitive PRSP can reduce poverty'
Only a child-sensitive Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) can unlock the potential for genuine poverty reduction in the country, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Commodore Nizam DG of Coast Guard Directorate
The government yesterday appointed Commodore SJ Nizam of Bangladesh Navy as Director General of Coast Guard Directorate, according to an official notification.
Nationalarrow Community policing brings down crime in Rangpur
The law and order in Rangpur town has improved considerably since launching of community policing two years ago.
 arrow Nine rivers need dredging in Barisal region
Four launch stations have closed down because of accumulation of silt in 30 kilometre area of waterways in greater Barisal region.
 arrow Sailkupa BNP splits
Internal feud in Sailkupa upazila BNP in Jhenidah district for several months has resulted in its split.
 arrow Militancy: Police trying to arrest imam of mosque in Nilphamari
Domar police is trying to arrest an 'Imam,' Muslim priest, of Patoarypara Ahle Hadith Mosque in Vogdabari union for his alleged involvement in the activities of an extremist group named Islamic Jihad.
 arrow Rabbani murder: Deposition of 5 PWs recorded
The Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal, Chittagong on Monday heard five more prosecution witnesses (PWs) in connection with the sensational murder of Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ) managing director
 arrow Grameen Bank client 'beaten'
A tense situation prevails at a village here after an unfortunate incident of manhandling of a Grameen Bank client by its official on Sunday.
 arrow Ctg traders want withdrawal of Vat
Hundreds of traders here on Sunday formed a human chain in front of Chittagong Press Club demanding withdrawal of Value Added Tax (Vat).
Culturearrow Swinging it with "JAAzz" from Germany
They were young and trendy diplomats who had taken to jazz in their free time at Berlin. Yet they played with the mastery of pros.
 arrow Glimpses from the past
How many of our present generation are really acquainted with our glorious past? The past that reflects our ancient heritage and the heroic tales of our ancestors.
 arrow Street Plays: The voice of the masses
Social, political, environmental and cultural issues are the focal point of many patha natok (street plays). This art form is well known for its explicit messages against oppression and injustice.
 arrow After Passion, its Miracle of Fatima for Mel Gibson!
Mel Gibson's next movie is going to be about the miracle of Fatima if reports are to be believed.
Generalarrow Be alert as conspiracies against Bangladesh on
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged the members of Ansar-VDP to remain alert and be active about anti-state activities that might create instability and chaos in the country.
 arrow 'Stamp out all forms of violence against women'
Different socio-cultural, non-government and women's rights organisations yesterday observed the International Women's Day with a call to stamp out all forms of violence and discrimination against women.
 arrow Ensure adequate women's representation in polls
Real empowerment of women does not lie in a quota system for them in parliament, said Science and ICT Minister Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan yesterday.
 arrow 'Improve law and order to encourage skilled migrants to return home'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday called for improving the law and order situation and creating a good working environment to encourage skilled expatriates to return home and contribute to the development
 arrow State minister for home blamed for detaining chief whip's son
The state minister for home has been accused of detaining chief whip's son at Dhaka Jail to defame the family prestige of the victim.
 arrow Int'l confce on civil engineering begins today
Three-day long third annual paper meet and international conference on civil engineering organised by the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) will begin at IEB auditorium in the city today.
 arrow Psychological test April 8
The psychological (written) test of the successful candidates in written test of the 26th special Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) will be held at 9:30am on April 8 instead of April 1 at the Dhaka Center
 arrow Get-together
The get-together of former students of Batch 90 under Sociology Department of Dhaka University will be held at the Teacher Student Center (TSC) at 3.00pm on March 11, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Discrimination darken Women's Day in Asia
Asia marked International Women's Day yesterday with rallies and protests against a wide range of gender inequalities and acts of violence, although there were some celebrations for hard-won victories.
 arrow China unveils law to snub Taiwan's independence
China unveiled a law yesterday authorising military action to stop rival Taiwan from pursuing formal independence, but said an attack would be a last resort if peaceful means fail.
 arrow India warns Nepalese king of deteriorating situation
India on Monday urged King Gyanendra to reconcile his differences with Nepal's political parties saying it would stem the rapidly "deteriorating" economic and security situation in the kingdom.
 arrow Perc rates Indonesia most corrupt in Asia
Indonesia is ranked as the most corrupt country in Asia by foreign businessmen in the region, raising fears about how billions of dollars in post-tsunami aid will end up, a new survey showed yesterday.
 arrow US forces may abandon Abu Ghraib prison
Incessant attacks against Baghdad's notorious Abu Ghraib prison may force the US military to return the facility to Iraq's government and take their own high-security prisoners to a safer place, a USmilitary
 arrow Syrian troops start Lebanon pullback
Syrian soldiers loaded trucks with furniture and other supplies and drove east from the Lebanese mountain posts they have held for decades, the first signs of a redeployment to Lebanon's Bekaa Valleyannounced
 arrow India slaps federal rule in Bihar
The Indian government on Monday imposed direct federal rule in the lawless state of Bihar where legislative polls last month produced a hung assembly, officials said.
 arrow Dominican prison fire kills 134
A fight between rival gangs led to a fire that swept through an overcrowded Dominican Republic prison on Monday, killing 134 inmates in the deadliest prison incident in the Caribbean country's history,
 arrow Video shows US soldiers in 'Ramadi madness'
US Army soldiers in Iraq filmed themselves kicking a gravely wounded prisoner in the face and making the arm of a corpse appear to wave, then titled the effort "Ramadi Madness" after the city where it
Editorialarrow Editorial: The litigation game
We are all too conversant with the proclivity of party in power to involve its political opponents in litigation on corruption charges.
 arrow Editorial: Environmental crime
The worst environment-related omissions and commissions are taking place, surprisingly, not among ignoramuses but in perfectly knowledgeable circles.
 arrow Towards a contiguous and viable Palestinian state
Prime Minister Tony Blair of the UK deserves congratulations for holding another conference on the issue of establishing a Palestinian State that can live side by side with Israel in peace.
 arrow Indian political scene : Government and opposition on collision course
The otherwise not much excited political scene in India suddenly seems heated up with activities bringing the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government on a collision course with the opposition National
 arrow Does Islam stifle progress?
Alarmingly, there are two diverging views emanating from the contemporary order both at the local and at the global stage.
Letters to Editorarrow Corruption and nepotism
Bangladesh is being clobbered everyday because of its inability to tackle corruption and nepotism. The losers are the 130 million citizens, most of whom are as naive and honest as a baby.
 arrow A divided society
Are the intellectuals, high-level opportunists and the politicians flirting with the new born nation, aged only one generation? To stop the rot in the new young generation and provide them with a sense
 arrow Ekushey book fair
The Ekushey book fair has always been a very special event in my life. In my childhood I used to get extremely anxious to visit the fair in the month of February.
 arrow Reform Rajuk and DCC
The dirty and unethical problems of dirty Dhaka metropolis (pop. over 10m) were brought out in the article published in the DS of Feb. 26.
 arrow Leadership and decision-making
Now that the Adamjee Jute Mills area in Narayanganj, very close to the metropolis, is being converted into EPZ, the government may firmly announce that the first priority of allocation of plots wouldbe
 arrow Creaking law and order
There is no security in our life. People cannot move freely due to the awesome law and order situation all over the country. Bombing of public meetings and rallies has become a regular affair.
 arrow Paper famine
In The Daily Star of Feb 22, there are two similar news which sound depressing to the citizens.
 arrow Where are the patriots?
It appeared in a Bangla daily that Hindu, Buddist, Christian Oikyo Parishad in the US submitted a memorandum to Mr.
 arrow Good RMG managers
The news item 'Good RMG managers need engineering background' in The Daily Star has drawn my attention. I am a Graduate of BUET from Electrical and Electronics Engineering Department.
 arrow Satellite TV programmes
We are closely related through satellite programmes. The programmes offered by different television channels are very popular.
StarTecharrow DU's vibrant IT fest
The Information and Technology (IT) festival organised by the Dhaka University (DU)'s Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department was appreciated for its multiplicity of events.
 arrow Port city goes net crazy
Realising the over whelming response at Dhaka's Browsing Fair 2003, the Cyber Café Owners Association of Bangladesh (CCOAB) continued their effort to take internet in every part of the country.
 arrow BCS showcase goes beyond capital
Dhaka's largest IT exposition, BCS Computer show went beyond the capital to the port city, Chittagong.
 arrow Sony to debut flash-based audio players
Hoping to regain some of its luster in a market dominated by the iPod, the company that brought us the Walkman is coming out with a big lineup of portable music players.
Star Chittagongarrow High-rise buildings ignore CDA plan
In the absence of proper monitoring, an increasing number of high-rise buildings are being constructed without adequate parking lots and entry spaces causing traffic congestion in the city.
 arrow Crackdown on illegal brick kilns
The Department of Environment (DoE) launched a crackdown on illegal brick kilns in a move to limit the kilns' destructive emissions, which pollute the environment in Chittagong.
Star Cityarrow Savar leather estate to have modern waste treatment plant
A common effluent treatment plant (CETP) will be developed at a cost of Tk 81 crore at Savar where 195 tanneries will be relocated from Hazaribagh in the city.
 arrow Illegal parking main cause of old Dhaka jams
Despite installation of electronic signal system in most intersections, old Dhaka is still experiencing severe traffic jams everyday as authorities have not taken steps to address illegal parking of vehicles
 arrow Khilgaon flyover ready
The Khilgaon flyover could be opened for commissioning on the 23rd of this month, said Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) sources.
 arrow Mirpur CNG stations not getting optimum pressure
Compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Mirpur area are still not receiving the optimum gas pressure from Titas Gas between 12pm to 2pm every day.
 arrow West Dhaka struck with water crisis, again
Rayerbazar, Sultanganj, Tali Office and adjoining areas of west Dhaka are once again struck with water crisis.
Water supply to the area had been steady in winter, but the crisis resurfaced in mid-February.

 arrow Wasa to work on master plans next year
Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) will prepare two separate master plans from early next year for proper drainage and sewerage management in the capital with World Bank (WB) assistance, Wasa sources
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