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Front Pagearrow Irked BNP MPs mull quitting JS body
Irked by the law ministry's instruction, the ruling BNP lawmakers are considering resigning from the parliamentary standing committee on private members' bills and resolutions, as the effectiveness of
 arrow Thousands join human walls
Thousands of people yesterday formed separate human walls in the capital and all divisional and district headquarters, demanding immediate resignation of the four-party coalition government to pave the
 arrow Smoking in public places banned
The Jatiya Sangsad yesterday passed a bill imposing a ban on smoking at public places and in public transports, and on advertisement of tobacco products.
 arrow Bangladesh's Image in Politicians' Eyes...

 arrow Long agenda during Chinese PM's visit
Some 12 issues have been placed on the agenda for official talks during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao who is scheduled to arrive here on April 7 on a two-day official visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Bomb hoax delays flight at ZIA
Airport police yesterday arrested a person on charge of making a bomb hoax that delayed a flight of Kuwait Airlines for four hours, leaving its passengers in panic.
 arrow Mauritius FM arrives
Mauritius Foreign Minister Jaya Krishna Cuttaree arrived in Dhaka last night on a 2-day official visit to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries.
 arrow Burn patients suffer as doctors duck duties
Most of the senior doctors at the recently launched Burn & Plastic Surgery Unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) allegedly do not attend critically burnt patients as they remain busy withtheir
 arrow Govt done well, despite donors' lack of support
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said donors have not come up with the financial support they committed while endorsing the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to halve poverty by 2015.
 arrow Baby food prices spike in a week
The prices of baby food and milks have marked a steep rise over the last one week in different city markets making the purchase difficult for the consumers.
 arrow BB show-causes Premier MD
The Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday served a show cause notice to Premier Bank Managing Director (MD) Kazi Abdul Mazid asking him to explain in a week why he should not be removed from the job.
 arrow Border talks at Agartala today
A high-level conference between Bangladesh Rifles and Indian Border Security Force begins today at Agartala in the wake of frequent clashes between the two forces at the frontier, according to an official
 arrow Israel plans to attack Iran's nuke plants
Israel has drawn up plans for a combined air and ground attack on Iranian nuclear installations if diplomacy fails to halt Tehran's atomic programme, London's Sunday Times said.
 arrow Business Fats Choke City Artery

 arrow Fire in Ctg EPZ
A devastating fire at a factory in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (EPZ) kept blazing for more than three hours until 1:00am today.
 arrow Talks on forming Iraq govt collapse
Talks between Kurdish leaders and a Shia bloc to form the next Iraqi government have collapsed three days before Iraq's first fully elected parliament meets as two US contractors and a soldier were killed
 arrow Attack on madrasa protested
Students and teachers of 30 madrasas of the district demonstrated here yesterday protesting the Friday night's attack on a madrasa and burning religious books.
 arrow Promotion to deputy secretary level stalled
Promotion of senior assistant secretaries to the post of deputy secretary has apparently been stalled following raging resentment over selection made by the Superior Selection Board (SSB), the highest
 arrow Police look for BNP leader Swapan
Police have been looking for Swapan Saha, a local BNP leader, who brought the nine arrested Indian nationals to decorate podium for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's rally at Laksham.
 arrow Travel agent held for deaths of 11 on sea
Police yesterday arrested the owner of Dohar Travel Agency from his office in Bijoynagar following the tragic deaths of 11 Bangladeshis in the Mediterranean last month on their illegal voyage to Spain
 arrow Shop owners agree to limit use partially
Amid an all-time high load-shedding shooting up to 900mw every day, the capital's shop owners yesterday consented to the government proposal of voluntary 'power outage' with relaxations.
 arrow 6 million still beyond food safety net
Despite various government and non-government initiatives to ensure food security, five to six million ultra poor in Bangladesh still remain beyond any kind of food safety nets.
 arrow 4 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Four suspected outlaws were killed and six policemen injured in a fierce 'gunfight' at Laskardia village of Bhawanipur Krishnanagar Char, Pangsha upazila yesterday.
 arrow 3 of a family die as train hits bike
Three members of a family died when a train hit the bike they were riding in Kalihati upazila of Tangail yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Rejoinder, our reply
Chief Physician of Dhaka Central Jail Hospital Dr Md Moin Uddin Mollah in a rejoinder claimed that the report published in The Daily Star on March 5, 2005 under the headline "Bribes get prisoners hospitality
 arrow Donors plan to expand dev works in CHT
Donors have planned to expand their development activities in the hill tracts with nine more upazilas of Bandarban, Rangamati and Khagrachhari hill districts coming under a Tk 300 crore programme.
 arrow Rokan seeks court guideline on contempt
Barrister Rokanuddin Mahmud, counsel representing a newspaper faced with contempt charges for running reports on a judge's alleged result scam, yesterday asked the High Court to give a guideline defining
 arrow Train robbers loot Tk 1 lakh, hurt 7
Robbers looted Tk 1 lakh and injured seven passengers in a daring hold-up on a Dhaka-bound Upakul Express train Saturday night.
 arrow Two ansars closed on rape charge
Two ansars from Bhitabolla police camp in Bagherpara upazila were closed on charge of raping a class nine girl in Jamdia village yesterday.
 arrow Mugger lynched in N'ganj
A mugger was lynched by an angry mob at Pagla while attempting to flee with Taka 8,000 he snatched from a businessman on Dhaka-Narayanganj road under Fatullah police station last night.
 arrow Son files petition in HC
Son of Dr Mohammad Asadullah Al Galib, amir of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh yesterday filed a petition in the High Court (HC) challenging the validity of the remand and detention of his father.
 arrow Step up preparations for possible war
China's President Hu Jintao told the military yesterday it should step up preparations for a possible war, and to safeguard territorial integrity, in apparent reference to reunifying with Taiwan.
 arrow Constable arrested
Police arrested a constable and an extremist along with two alleged prostitutes from Talimpur village in Rupsha upazila in the early hours yesterday.
Businessarrow Foreign trade instt still limping on manpower dearth, fund crisis
After more than one and a half years of establishment, Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) is still limping due to manpower shortage and financial problem.
 arrow Opec may allow pumping above limits
Opec may agree at its meeting next week to allow members informally to pump above official oil output limits to cool scorching prices, the cartel's president said on Saturday.
 arrow Australia optimistic about FTA talks with China
Free trade agreement negotiations between Australia and China were likely to go ahead with Canberra granting the communist nation market economy status, Prime Minister John Howard said Sunday.
 arrow China warns against hasty safeguards on textile exports
China has cautioned its peers against any hasty implementation of safeguard mechanisms to restrict its booming textile exports, warning such measures would run counter to free trade principles.
 arrow Labour shortage ups prospect of 'guest workers' for Australia
Australia is considering issuing special visas to "guest workers" from Asia and the Pacific to counter a chronic labour shortage, despite concerns the plan threatens to undermine the nation's egalitarian
 arrow Transcom Electronics eyes 50pc growth in 05
Relying on new product range and aggressive marketing, Transcom Electronics, the country's leading consumer electronic company, has chalked out an ambitious 50 percent growth target in 2005, an annual
 arrow Viyellatex becomes distributor of Marks & Spencer
Viyellatex Group has become the first direct Bangladesh knit composite unit of Marks and Spencer, a leading retailer of clothing and homeware of the UK.
 arrow Qatar Airways Doha-Jakarta non-stop flights launched
Qatar Airways has launched non-stop flights between Doha and Jakarta for the first time to meet the growing demand for direct services.
 arrow Office bearers of accounting technicians' assoc
AK Abdul Matin and Munir Ahmed have been elected chairman and general secretary of the Dhaka chapter of the Association of Accounting Technicians of Bangladesh for the year 2005.
 arrow New office bearers of jute spinners' assoc
Shabbir Yusuf, managing director of M/s Faridpur Jute Fibres Ltd, Dhaka has been elected chairman of Bangladesh Jute Spinners Association (BJSA) for 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 terms.
 arrow Oman, US look to free trade pact before year-end
Oman and the United States said Saturday they hoped to conclude a free trade agreement before year's end as Muscat sought to ease Saudi concerns about bilateral deals between Gulf partners and Washington.
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Sportsarrow Cricket: Ctg in injury despair
Chittagong found themselves in deep trouble in their bid to save the crucial National Cricket League match against Dhaka after their top three batsmen were ruled out due to injury in the middle of the
 arrow Cricket: 'Don't get complacent'
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer Sunday warned his team of complacency af-ter their unlikely fightback to earn a creditable draw in the first Test against India.
"I have told our players not to get complacent.

 arrow Cricket: Australia lbw NZ
Australia crushed New Zealand by nine wickets in the first Test in Christchurch on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and claim their sixth successive Test win.
 arrow Cricket: Lara left in the cold
West Indies skipper Brian Lara and six of his teammates will remain frozen out of the squad to face South Africa and Pakistan after the latest moves to solve the long-running contract crisis failed on
 arrow Cricket: Zondeki hits Zim hard
South African fast bowler Monde Zondeki plunged Zimbabwe into deep trouble in their second innings on the third day of the second Test at Centurion Park Sunday.
 arrow Football: Giants at full throttle
Manchester United and Arsenal kept their seasons alive with impressive away victories over Premier League rivals in FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Barca keep heads high
Barcelona restored some pride after their exit from the Champions League by cruising to a 2-0 win over Athletic Bilbao on Saturday to open up an 11-point lead at the top of the Spanish first division.
 arrow Football: Inter's common result
Inter Milan were held to a 1-1 draw against Lazio here Saturday, despite playing the final 35 minutes with an extra man.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee plays wicketkeeper!
It is always good to see a player giving one hundred per cent in a match.
 arrow Cricket: Balaji fined
Indian seamer Laxmipathy Balaji was fined Sunday for excessive appealing in the first Test against Pakistan which ended in a draw at Mohali.
 arrow Cricket: Another mauling for Zimbabwe
Paceman Monde Zondeki took six wickets as South Africa crushed Zimbabwe by an innings and 62 runs to win the second Test with two days to spare on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Al Faisaly come and Brothers leave today
Al Faisaly Club of Jordan arrive in Dhaka while Brothers Union leave for Lebanon this morning to play their group matches of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.
 arrow Chess: Women's chess
Nazrana Khan Eva and Shamima Akhter Liza jointly led the table with two points each after the second round of the 26th National Women Chess Championship at the federation hall room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Sonali Bank (UK) to sell Eng-BD 1st Test tickets
In a pioneering initiative, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the United Kingdom branch of Sonali Bank have joined forces to promote the England-Bangladesh npower Test match at Lord's, beginning on
 arrow Athletics: Clement breaks Johnson's indoor record
Trinidad-born Kerron Clement broke US great Michael Johnson's 10-year-old 400m indoor world record here Saturday, clocking 44.57sec at the NCAA US collegiate indoor athletics championships.
 arrow Cricket: AIUB cricket from today
The fourth AIUB Inter-Private University Cricket Tournament begins at the Old DOHS ground today.
 arrow Hockey: Div I hockey
Dhaka Wanderers Club blanked Muktobihanga Tarun Sangha 2-0 in the Green Delta First Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova sails
Reigning Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova hit two aces and hammered 15 winners to beat Angela Haynes 6-1, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Indian Wells WTA/ATP Masters Series event on Saturday.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball
Chittagong emerged zonal champions in the Pepsi inter-district volleyball championship beating Comilla 3-2 in the final at the Suhrawardi National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
 arrow Football: At least he made the trip
For North Carolina-based football fan Chris Barrett, the trip to England to watch his favourite team in action was a long-cherished dream, after years of saving money.
Metropolitanarrow Gender equality key to development
"Government officials need gender sensitisation to implement effectively the government gender policies already in place in the country and ensure that grassroots people experience gender equality, "said
 arrow 'BSF kills one Bangladeshi every five days'
One Bangladeshi was killed every five days in an average by the BSF, said a human rights report that was disclosed yesterday.
 arrow Agri sector still at subsistence level
Lack of awareness, suitable varieties and shortage of fund are the main impediments to reach the optimal level of production in agricultural sector from its subsistence level, said a study.
 arrow ASK condemns anti-Ahmadiyya activities by bigots in Bogra
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) in a statement yesterday condemned the fixing of a signboard on the wall of Ahmadiyya mosque in Bogra by the anti-Ahmadiyya bigots backed by police.
 arrow 1,368 more held
Police arrested 1,368 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Planned Eco Park: Unrest brewing in Bandarban
Unrest is brewing among indigenous people following a government move to establish an Eco Park in Chimbuk Range in Bandarban hill district.
 arrow Bangla-Nepal trade can be boosted if India cooperates
Bangladesh and Nepal can increase their bilateral trade manifold through Biral, Hili and Banglabandha land ports in grater Dinajpur district and Shona Moshjid in Chapainawabganj if India cooperates, a
 arrow 'Save Mongla port, reopen closed mills'
The Greater Khulna Development Action Coordination Committee and the Save Mongla Port Implementation Committee jointly held a grand rally at Mongla helipad on Saturday to realise their 19-point demand
 arrow Former lawmaker declared 'unwanted' in Shailkupa
Dogged by internal feud for months, a rival faction of ruling BNP in Shailkupa declared the upazila unit's president and former lawmaker Abdul Wahab "unwanted" in the area for his alleged involvementin
 arrow The Daily Star journalist honoured by ILO
The Daily Star's Kushtia Correspon-dent Amanur Aman was accorded two receptions and awarded crests on behalf of ILO (International Labour Organisation) for his reports on child labour in tobacco factories
 arrow BIWTA unable to salvage sunken vessel from Gabkhan channel
Gabkhan channel, a vital waterway that links Mongla sea port and Khulna river port with and other parts of the country is closed for vessels since Thursday last as Trishna-1 which sank in the channelwith
 arrow Poor bridegroom!
Villagers beat a bridegroom's party and drove them away for demanding dowry from the bride's family.
The incident took place at Mayamari village in Sadar upazila in Meherpur district recently.

 arrow ARV vaccine scarce in Bandarban
Acute scarcity of ARV vaccine prevails here due to lack of its supply from the Health Directorate, according to sources in the District Health Department.
 arrow Hili, 2 other land ports to be handed over to a private co
The Hili and Biral land ports in Dinajpur along with Shona Masjid land port in Chapainawabgonj is being hand over to a private company for 25 years, according to sources in Bangladesh Land Port Authority.
 arrow 'Build tougher agitation to oust govt'
Communist Party (CPB) General Secretary Mujaheedul Islam Selim on Saturday called upon the deprived section of people to get united and start a greater agitation to oust the 'failed' government.
 arrow Maid falls from roof, dies
A 14-year-old domestic help met the tragic end of her life after falling down from the roof of a three-storied building at Pornata Market in Badurtala area here on Saturday.
 arrow 'Ban religion-based politics'
Rajshahi city and district unit leaders of Jubo Moitri at a joint protest meeting held in the city on Saturday demanded a ban on religion-based politics from the country.
Point-Counterpointarrow Child's play
Opportunities to play are really opportunities to learn. During play, children learn and practice social skills, develop cognitive abilities like problem solving, and refine language skills.
 arrow Defending ourselves to death
Those who expected that India's defence spending would decrease with a change of government and recently improved relations with Pakistan and China, must feel disappointed at the latest Union budget.
Culturearrow Showcasing artistic talent
The National Art Exhibition is on once more at the Shilpakala Academy for the 16th time. The prize winning entries are thought provoking and mind boggling.
 arrow Stringing a chaplet of tunes - Strings
To most young music-lovers who follow the genre of subcontinental band music, Strings is a familiar name. Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood, who hail from Pakistan formed this pop-rock group in 1989.
 arrow Nagarik presents Tagore's Trilogy
The Indian epic Mahabharata has spawned many adapted plays in Bangladesh.
Generalarrow 35 lakh slum dwellers in city
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan informed the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday that the number of slum dwellers in the capital is about 35 lakh.
 arrow Fatullah people demand closure of dyeing factories
Several thousand people of Fatullah residential area yesterday brought out protest procession and demanded shutdown of more than 50 dyeing factories in the area terming those risky after Saturday's boiler
 arrow Govt blamed for not taking initiatives to nab culprits
Teachers and students of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday expressed their deep concern over the failure of the government to bring to book the culprits responsible for the attack on late professor andeminent
 arrow Katka Tragedy Day observed
Teachers and students of Khulna University yesterday observed for the first time the 'Katka Tragedy Day'.

Classes remained suspended throughout the day in remembrance of the victims.

 arrow BSF yet to free 2 Bangladeshis
India has not yet released the two Bangladeshis who were caught by its Border Security Forces (BSF) from a forest near the zero line on March 11 despite formal requests by the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR).
 arrow Declare Mar 13 as anti-violence day
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BCU) and Progatishil Chhatra Jote (PCJ), a combine of left leaning student organisations, observed 'Raju Day Against Violence' on the Dhaka University campus yesterday with a
 arrow JCD activist beaten at DU
A student of Ziaur Rahman Hall of Dhaka University (DU), along with a group of outsiders severely beat up an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) last night and pushed him down from the second floor.
 arrow 3 snatchers held in N'ganj
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested three alleged snatchers and recovered arms and bombs from their possession at Bhanga Rashta under Demra police station early hours of yesterday.
Internationalarrow US, ROK exercise may result in 'actual war'
North Korea warned on Sunday that annual US-South Korean military exercises due to start this week and designed to deter any military threat from the Stalinist country could turn into "an actual war".
 arrow ICC to hold first trial on DR Congo crimes
Judges at the world's first permanent war crimes court tomorrow will hold a hearing focusing on the investigation into war crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
 arrow 8 dead after US hotel shooting in Wisconsin
A gunman opened fire at a religious service being held in a hotel in the northern city of Brookfield, Wisconsin, Saturday, killing seven people before turning the weapon fatally on himself, police said.
 arrow 'Pullout won't solve Lebanon's problem'
Syria's official media warned yesterday that the promised withdrawal of all its remaining troops from Lebanon would not solve its neighbour's woes, in particular the sensitive Palestinian refugee problem.
 arrow Red Cross team probes Nepali detentions
An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) team is in Nepal to investigate military detentions after the king seized power last month, a statement said yesterday.
 arrow 'Ghosts' scare off Malawi leader
Ghosts - some taking the form of rodents - have forced the president of Malawi to move out of his state mansion, officials have said.
 arrow China launches human trials of Aids vaccine
China, grappling with rising numbers of HIV/Aids cases, has begun testing a vaccine on humans, state media said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Primary education on a tangent
The prevailing state of primary education at the grassroots presents a rather grim picture.
 arrow Editorial: Saifur's tirade
The finance minister is again at his favourite pastime -- bashing the media.
 arrow Syria : In the line of fire
Henry Kissinger had once famously remarked that there couldn't be a war in the Middle East without Egypt and no peace without Syria.
 arrow One and a half cheers for Rab
The Rapid Action Battalion seems to be a rare model of super-efficiency.
 arrow Are we becoming more intolerant?
There was a time not long ago, when things seemed to be moving towards a desired destination and long-cherished ideas envisioned by enlightened figures in human history looked well within our reachable
Letters to Editorarrow Mino and the International Women's Day
How many International Women's Day we should celebrate before the harassment of hapless women at the international airports can be stopped ?

We all hear about the harrowing tales of hundreds of poor

 arrow BNP's problems
The BNP's forward planning leading to the next general elections is strewn with increasing problems, as the party leaders grapple desperately with the changing situations in the politics of the times.
 arrow Only for a month?
We have observed the day with due respect and our heart-felt gratitude. The month is over and soon we will forget the teachings of this month.
 arrow 'Why this loss?
The letter 'Why this loss?' by Mr. Habibur Rahman (March 2) drew my attention.
 arrow An appeal to Sheikh Hasina
Through the letter column of your daily, I wish to request the hon'ble leader of the opposition, Sheikh Hasina, to consider calling off the hartal scheduled on March 27 for the following reason: March
 arrow ACC and 24th BCS
Why I am writing to a daily about an issue over which it has no command needs to be clarified first and it is that in present Bangladesh every institution of a democracy except the press media has already
 arrow Overbridge at Airport Road
The Airport Road is becoming busier day by day. Vehicles ply this road at a very high speed from the Banani rail-crossing up to the airport. There is only one overbridge at Nikunza.
 arrow Frequent hartals
We, the citizens of Bangladesh, are very much shocked to see frequent hartals. Hartals paralyse the normal life of people. Opposition parties call hartal when something goes wrong.
 arrow Poor technical maintenance
The DS report (Mar 5) on poor maintenance in BR (Bangladesh Railway) is an old story, retold many times.
 arrow Is our education system appropriate?
I have no experience of writing for a newspaper. But I feel like writing. As a university student it is my responsibility to be aware of different important things of the world.
 arrow It's our headache
An intelligent family head does not generally disclose his family or home secrets to outsiders, as it may harm the family or home this or that way.
 arrow Hate crime...
I'm writing against the views expressed in the letter titled 'Don't Cry For the Criminals' published in your February 26 issue.
Education Watch Specialarrow The promise must be kept
The fifth annual Education Watch report focuses on quality with equity in primary education.
 arrow Quality with equity
As cautioned by UNESCO's latest EFA Monitoring Report, published in November 2004, Bangladesh will not reach its EFA goals for 2015 with a "business as usual" approach.
 arrow Provisions and quality
Education Watch 2003/4 report is based on a survey of 8,212 households and 47 institutions, 73 focus group discussion, 22 case studies of children and discussion with key informants about primary
 arrow Nature of deprivation
*A survey of households and selected government, registered non-governmnet, and non-formal primary schools and Ebtedayee madrasas in 10 upazilas provided insights into the nature of deprivation of children
Star Cityarrow Swadhinata Stambha murals to be modified
The expert committee on the Swadhinata Stambha at Suhrawardy Uddyan is reportedly thinking of modifying some murals which apparently go against the ruling party's political ideology.
 arrow Land dispute leaves Horticulture Centre's future hanging in balance
The conflict between two ministries over the ownership of the land of Horticulture Centre (HC) at Asadgate has ended temporarily but the future of the centre is still uncertain, as the Public Works Department
 arrow Dhanmondi Lake in a sorry state
The atmosphere around the Dhanmondi Lake has deteriorated alarmingly in recent months with anti-social activities on the rise, especially after dark.
 arrow Mirpur's CNG refuelling stations trapped in extortion web
A handful of miscreants have begun to extort Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) station owners along the Mirpur 10 to Gabtoli and Rokeya Sarani roads.
 arrow Unmarked limits defer setting of speed detectors
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) could not set up speed detectors to catch over-speeding drivers in January as the authorities did not yet mark the roads with signs of speed limit.
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