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Front Pagearrow Donors warned not to interfere
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia in parliament yesterday warned the donor agencies and foreign nations against interfering in the country's domestic affairs.
 arrow Govt rejects reforms demand
The government yesterday sniffed at the opposition's demand for reform of the caretaker government system, asking it to table its suggestions for ensuring free and fair elections in parliament ratherthan
 arrow Buriganga turns into a toxic dump
Severe pollution has reduced the river Buriganga into a 'dumping drain' of toxic refuse, threatening millions of people living on its banks with serious health hazards and a loss of their livelihoods.
 arrow HC grants govt one more month
The Supreme Court yesterday granted one more month to the government to separate the judiciary from the executive in line with its 12-point directive.
 arrow Gas supply likely to improve this month
Gas supply is likely to improve from this month as two new fields-- Moulavibazar and Haripur -- will supply gas to the national grid, and the off-shore Sangu field will increase its supply.
 arrow BDR firmly opposes border fencing
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) yesterday firmly opposed construction of barbed wire fences by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) within 150 yards of the no man's land on the first day of the high-level BDR-BSF
 arrow Kolkata Test starts today
India are undecided over whether to include off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the second Test against Pakistan starting today because of a green Eden Gardens pitch.
 arrow First pvt land phones start in Ctg Mar 20
Bay Phones, a joint venture between US firm Westec.com Inc and local Westec Limited, will launch the country's first private fixed phone on March 20.
 arrow Lensmen protest Rab assault on colleague
Photojournalists yesterday kept their cameras shut for 15 minutes demanding punishment of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men responsible for assaulting SM Gorky, chief photojournalist of the daily Jugantor.
 arrow Deadline setting goes against constitution
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday said the direction issued to the government to separate the judiciary was in violation of the constitution.
 arrow Bangladesh most dangerous country in S Asia for journos
Threats against press freedom in Asia "spiked" last year, as authoritarian regimes in North Korea and Myanmar kept a tight grip on the media while the Philippines remained the deadliest place in the continent
 arrow BB assigns officials to monitor activities
Bangladesh Bank (BB) yesterday assigned two senior officials to monitor the activities of the board members of Premier Bank and Al-Arafah Islami Bank.
 arrow Health programme to get $105m more aid
The Ministry of Health will receive a supplementary fund of $105 million, in addition to $200 million already committed by the World Bank last week, for the on-going Health, Nutrition, Population Sector
 arrow Saifur's wrong statistics
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman has lately been spreading misinformation and citing incorrect figures in support of his censures of the media.
 arrow Saudi prince wants to set up hotels
Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdul Aziz has expressed his keen desire to set up world-class hotels in Dhaka and Chittagong.
 arrow HC grants bail to Partha
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted interim bail in both the cases filed against Shaibal Saha Partha, 201 days after his arrest on charge of sending email threat to kill opposition leader Sheikh Hasina.
 arrow 3 die as lift crashes at RMG factory
Three men died and one critically injured in an elevator crash at a garment factory in Tejgaon Industrial area last evening.
 arrow Women's reserved seats a blow to democracy
Senior Supreme Court lawyer Dr M Zahir yesterday said the 14th amendment to the constitution that introduced the provision for 45 reserved seats of women in parliament is a big blow to the concept ofdemocracy.
 arrow Clarification
Ruling BNP lawmaker Abdul Mannan in a clarification said that the prefix 'heated debate' used in a report headlined 'Reining in BNP MPs' run by The Daily Star on March 13 was incorrect.
 arrow Occupying the entrance...

 arrow Dozens of migrants face jail, caning in Malaysia
Dozens of people arrested this month in a crackdown on illegal immigrants in Malaysia are to be jailed and caned, local media reported yesterday.
 arrow Microcredit for tobacco growers soon
Health and Family Welfare Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain has said a microcredit project will be launched soon for the tobacco farmers to discourage tobacco production.
 arrow Flats to get costlier
Real estate developers are going to raise the price of flats in the face of increasing cost of construction materials, Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) leaders yesterday saidat
 arrow Rice kicks off Asia trip with push for Indo-Pak peace
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in the Indian capital yesterday at the start a six-nation tour of Asia which she said was in the midst of "tremendous change".
 arrow 2 senior bank staff jailed
A Dhaka court yesterday sentenced two senior bank officials and three others to seven years' rigorous imprisonment (RI) for misappropriating Tk 30 lakh in August 1988.
 arrow Fisherman fights tiger for life
A fisherman on Monday fought for about 15 minutes with a man-eating Royal Bengal Tiger and managed to survive the attack in the deep forest in the Sundarbans.
 arrow Nephew admits killing doctor, maid
Aminul Islam yesterday confessed to killing his aunt-in-law Dr Nazneen, a dengue specialist at Suhrawardy hospital, and her maid, Parvin, on March 7 at her Central Road house in the city.
 arrow Judgement against 2 dailies Monday
The High Court (HC) will deliver on Monday the judgement in the contempt case filed against two Bangla dailies for running reports on an HC additional judge's alleged tampering with his LLB results.
 arrow Fun fire injures army man
Sepahi Delwar Hossain of Bandarban Sadar zone was injured while on duty by a bullet fired out of fun by his colleague at the Bengehari Army Camp of Roangehari upazila at about 8:30pm on Monday.
 arrow Cop held with phensidyle
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) last night arrested a constable of Savar Police Station along with 200 bottles of phensidyle.
 arrow Pakistan 'lost' Laden trail
Pakistani forces had their best chance of capturing Osama bin Laden last year, but they lost the trail, President Pervez Musharraf has told the BBC.
 arrow British 'cannibal' admits to eating friend's brain after frying
A convicted killer with serious psychiatric problems and a confessed penchant for cannibalism was given two life sentences yesterday for killing two people, including an old friend whose brain he cooked
 arrow Home secy's contract ends today
The government is still undecided about appointing a new secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs while the contract of the incumbent secretary expires today.
 arrow Pakistan to free of 589 Indian prisoners
Pakistan issued release orders yesterday for 589 Indian prisoners as a gesture of goodwill towards New Delhi, an official statement said.
Businessarrow Foreign aid disbursement rises by 170pc in 6 months
Foreign aid disbursement increased by 170 percent in the first half of the current financial year, although current account balance remains under pressure due to import surge.
 arrow Separate generators to run malls not feasible
Operators of Dhaka shopping malls said it is not feasible for them to immediately install separate power generators to run their businesses.
 arrow Forex reserve still in a critical position: Saifur
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday said the country's foreign exchange reserve still remains in a critical position as the import expenditure has increased significantly.
 arrow Suspension order on export-import at Mongla EPZ withdrawn
Customs Department yesterday withdrew the suspension order on export-import business at Mongla Export Processing Zone (EPZ).
 arrow Planning, training vital for business leadership
Proper planning and training are needed for effective business leadership to ensure successful contribution to the society, said an international business leader yesterday in Dhaka.
 arrow SEC chief for improving corporate governance
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Mirza Azizul Islam yesterday underscored the need for improving corporate governance, saying lack of corporate governance is responsible for turmoil in
 arrow Dutch-Bangla Bank okays 22.50pc dividend
Dutch-Bangla Bank has declared a 22.50 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
The dividend declaration came at the 9th annual general meeting (AGM) held in Dhaka yesterday.

 arrow 3-day Thai fair from Mar 20
In a bid to popularise Thai products in Bangladesh, Thailand is going to organise a three-day Thai exhibition at Sonargaon Hotel beginning on March 20.
 arrow RanksTel signs inter-connectivity deal with BTTB
RanksTel, a concern of Rangs Group, has signed an inter-connectivity agreement with Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB).
Under the deal, RanksTel and BTTB will share each other's network.

 arrow Pubali Bank recommends 1 bonus share
Pubali Bank has recommended one bonus share against each ordinary share.
The recommendation for shareholders came at a board meeting of the bank held on Monday in Dhaka.

 arrow Extra oil may not cap price boom: Opec
Opec producers on Tuesday considered a Saudi proposal for a modest increase in oil output but said they could not guarantee to cap record prices.
 arrow Correction
In a news item titled 'Pizza Hut announces Swadhinata Offer' published on this page yesterday, it was inadvertently printed that the price of a personal pan pizza from favourite's line is Tk 99 inclusive
 arrow Malaysia seeks expanded trade with Myanmar
Malaysia intends to expand its trade ties with Myanmar, the country's trade minister said Monday during a visit to the military-ruled country internationally condemned for human rights abuses.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Kolkata Test from today
Pakistan will seek inspiration from events six years ago when they return to their happy hunting ground for the second Test against India starting at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Mashrafee ton saves Khulna
Rajshahi defeated Barisal by five wickets for their first outright win in the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League but Sylhet were denied a similar success mainly because of a magnificent maiden first-class
 arrow Football: Manik expecting tough outing
Fresh from a morale-lifting draw against Indian powerhouse East Bengal in an away fixture, Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra coach Shafiqul Islam Manik wants his charges to take that confidence into today's
 arrow Cricket: Everyone's Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens has been a Test venue for the last 71 years, and has hosted 33 Test matches.
 arrow Football: Reds' foolish denial
Muktijoddha Sangsad officials took a stubborn stance and tried to shift the blame on others regarding their goalkeeper Aminul Haque's one-match suspension in the AFC Cup following a red card last year.
 arrow Massive UNDP boost for CHT sports
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has allocated a handsome US dollars 4,24,110 (BDT 2,54,46,600) for promotion of sports in the post-conflict Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) under a four-year
 arrow Cricket: Tuffey fined for sex offence
Dumped New Zealand opening bowler Daryl Tuffey has been fined for serious misconduct after being filmed by two English tourists in a sexual act with a woman, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Becks' academy unveiled
David Beckham is preparing for life after soccer.
 arrow Football: Blatter stunned at Frisk situation
World football boss Sepp Blatter on Monday said he was shocked at the recent spate of verbal attacks on referees.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo buys Grand Prix team
Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo will own the Brazilian franchise in a new international auto racing series, the A-1 Grand Prix.
 arrow Cricket: MSC school cricket
Wills Little Flower defeated Motijheel Government High (Day) in yesterday's Mohammedan Dhaka Metropolis Inter-School Cricket Tournament by virtue of a better run-rate after their match ended in a tie.
 arrow Football: Big two avoid each other
Holders Manchester United and arch-rivals Arsenal were kept apart when the draw for the semi-finals of the FA Cup was made here Monday.
 arrow Chess: Eva atop alone
Nazrana Khan Eva beat Shamiha Sharmin in the fourth round at the federation hall room yesterday to maintain her solo lead in the 26th National Women Chess Cham-pionship.
 arrow Cricket: Daffodil and Manarat win
Daffodil and Manarat won their respective matches in the AIUB 4th inter-private university cricket tournament at the BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Athletics: Keya clinches 100m gold
Keya Moni of Rangpur became the fastest woman of the inter-district athletics meet when she won the 100m sprint at the Dhanmondi Women's Complex yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Omar Kureishi passes away
Veteran Pakistani cricket commentator and newspaper columnist Omar Kureishi died in the port city of Karachi Monday, state media said. He was 77.
 arrow Rokeya Hall sports
Sajia Chowdhury emerged champion and her Geography department teammate Tania Shabnam became runner-up in the Rokeya Hall annual sports competition at the Dhaka University playground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Proper supply of gas, water, electricity demanded
Awami Jubo League, a front organisation of the Awami League, staged a demonstration in the city yesterday demanding proper supply of gas, water and electricity and steps to bring down the prices of essentials.
 arrow Say no to GMOs
World Consumers' Rights Day was observed yesterday across the world as well as here at home with a call not to use Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) products since it is harmful for the seeds, crops,
 arrow 'Ensure equal rights for women'
Women's rights activists and politicians at a seminar yesterday said democratic laws promoting equal rights for women must replace personal religious laws in the forming of a Common Code of Family Law.
 arrow Bapa urges govt to save rivers from grabbers
Speakers at a citizens' meeting on Monday urged the government to stop the ongoing filling of the Tongi diversion canal with earth.
 arrow AL for reforms in caretaker govt system before polls
Awami League leaders yesterday demanded that reforms be brought to the caretaker government system before the next general election.
 arrow Three Shibir activists assaulted at DU
Three Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS) activists and the Dhaka University (DU) Correspondent of the Daily Sangram were assaulted on the campus yesterday.
 arrow Nine poura polls on April 30
Election to nine pourasabhas will be held on April 30, according to a gazette notification issued by the Election yesterday.
 arrow Cheating case against BMA leaders
A cheating case against president and secretary general of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) and 41 other doctors was filed with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Students suffer as JU dining hall staff on strike
The first day of the three-day work abstention programme, enforced by the Dining Hall Employees Association (DHEA) of Jahangirnagar University (JU) demanding regularisation of their jobs, was observed
 arrow 'Nat'l Children's Day' tomorrow
Main opposition Awami League will observe the 'National Children's Day' tomorrow marking the 86th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow IO gives deposition
Mohammad Khalequzzaman, assistant superintendent of police (ASP) of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and the investigation officer (IO) of the Awami League lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case,
 arrow Adivasi Festival begins tomorrow
A three-day Adivasi Festival will begin at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the city tomorrow.
 arrow President assents to three bills
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday assented to three bills passed in the current session of the 8th parliament.
 arrow US Embassy offices to close at 12 on Mar 17
The US Embassy offices, including the Consular Section, American Center, Information Resource Center, and the Student Advising Center, will be closed at 12:00 noon on March 17 for a staff function.
 arrow DU admission test under Kha unit on Mar 18
The admission test of Kha unit under Arts Faculty of Dhaka University for the first year honors will be held on March 18, says a press release.
The admission test will begin at 10:00am.

 arrow Alam, Kamrul Juta president, secretary
Prof Nurul Alam of Physics and Associate Prof Kamrul Ahsan of Philosophy department have been elected unopposed president and general secretary of Jahangirnagar University Teaches Association (Juta) yesterday.
 arrow 1,424 more held
Police arrested 1,424 people, including two listed criminals, on various charges their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow PDB office besieged in Satkhira, broom procession in Debhata for electricity
Leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Satkhira brought out a procession in the town and held a rally in front of the Power Development Board (PDB) office yesterday protesting severe
 arrow Eight northern dists get a quarter of power needed
IRRI-Boro cultivation in eight northern districts in greater Rangpur and Dinajpur is being seriously affected due to power crisis as the Power Development Board and the Rural Electrification Board (REB)
 arrow UP leadersí allegations against Rajshahi MP
Eleven Union Parishad (UP) chairmen of Bagha and Charghat upazilas at a press conference here yesterday brought allegations of nepotism and corruption against ruling party lawmaker from the area, Kabir
 arrow Plan for small power projects in CHT
The government is studying setting up of mini hydro-electric projects in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) to supply power to houses, State Minister of CHT Affairs Moni Swapan Dewan has said.
 arrow ĎIntensify agitation to oust govt'
Workers Party Politburo member Fazle Hossain Badsha called upon the people to unite and launch a tougher agitation to oust the 'failed' government.
 arrow Strike at SUST withdrawn
The indefinite strike enforced by Bangladesh Chhatra League at Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) was withdrawn yesterday following a fruitful their talks with the authorities.
 arrow Fight with tiger
A fisherman on Monday fought a Royal Bengal Tiger in deep forest in the Sundarbans and survived.
 arrow Flag meeting in Panchagarh today
A commander level flag meeting between BDR and BSF will held today to defuse the tension over BSFS's barbed wire fencing on no mans' land in Atwari border in Panchagarh and obstruction in reconstruction
Culturearrow Ranikuthir Baki Itihash: A new cinematic treat
Samia Zaman is a familiar name as one of the most popular newscasters of now defunct TV channel, ETV. After a short absence on TV screen, she now returns, not in front of the camera but behind it.
 arrow Back to the roots
March 14 is the death anniversary of poet Jasim Uddin, known as Pallikabi for his wonderful lyrical ballads such as Nakshikanthar Math and Sojanbadiar Ghat.
 arrow Sabuj Diper Itikotha: A treat for children
" The publication of a book is as important as discovering a continent.
 arrow Sylhet witnesses first film festival
The five-day 'Mukto Doirgha Chalachchitra Uthsab 2005' recently began at the mini auditorium of Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST).
Internationalarrow Filipino cops storm prison : 28 killed
The Philippines braced for retaliatory attacks after some of the country's most hardened terror suspects were killed in a failed prison uprising that left 28 people dead, most of them inmates killed in
 arrow Nepalis threaten more protests amid blockade
Nepalese activists yesterday threatened further demonstrations a day after more than 500 anti-monarchy protestors were rounded up across the country, as security forces braced for a fresh transport blockade
 arrow Anti-secession law heightens war fear
China's new anti-secession law heightens fears of war, Taiwan Premier Frank Hsieh said yesterday as the United States and the European Union voiced concern over escalating tensions in the region.
 arrow New Iraqi parliament convenes today
Kurdish and Shia leaders agreed to convene Iraq's new parliament today even if they fail to iron out some wrinkles in their deal to form a coalition government.
 arrow Palestinians ready for Jericho transfer, truce talks in Cairo
Palestinians yesterday prepared to take control of Jericho from Israel in the first of five West Bank security transfers as Palestinian factions were to hold talks on a formal ceasefire.
 arrow Only 30 people to attend Charles's civil wedding ceremony
Only 30 people will attend the civil wedding for Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, but 700 will watch the blessing later in Windsor Castle, a source close to the royal family said.
 arrow Munda wins trust vote in Jharkhand
The Arjun Munda government in Jharkhand yesterday comfortably won a vote of confidence in the 81-member assembly in the absence of three UPA MLAs including the lone NCP member and also got its nominee
Editorialarrow Editorial: KEPZ hobbling without a licence
The Korean Export Processing Zone (KEPZ), baptized in 1999 through a gazette notification to be built up over a huge acreage of land on the eastern bank of the river Karnaphuli remains a non-starter even
 arrow Editorial: Journalist under the baton
We are appalled at the news of a journalist being once again at the receiving end of the wrath of the law enforcing agencies.
 arrow Bangladeshi troops and UN peacekeeping missions
The whole nation is deeply saddened with the tragic news of deaths of nine Bangladeshi troops who were reportedly ambushed on February 25 by unknown "gunmen" in the northeast mineral-rich Ituri region
 arrow Issues behind reconciliation talks
There is much media noise about back channel negotiations between the President and PPP leaders, especially Benazir Bhutto, directly or through other leaders.
 arrow Nepal crisis: More steps needed to restore democracy
Nepal's King Gyanendra has released sacked Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba from house arrest and along with him several others have also been set free.
Letters to Editorarrow Banish hartal!
I agree with the editor (March 13) that the time is overdue for our greedy politicians to end hartal politics. This is year 2005 and people all over the world laugh at us when they hear this.
 arrow Are we fundamentalists?
It is really very unfortunate that Islam is being worn as a "dress alone" by some people. They are committing crimes in the name of religion in our country.
 arrow Women and fisheries
The actual and potential contributions of women in fisheries require a holistic approach that encompasses the role played by women in this sector in rural societies.
 arrow Rights of women
I am a male member of the society. I have observed some "frantic" activities to promote women's rights . The Bejing Conference was the focal point.
Now we are observing its 10th anniversary.

 arrow Ban on smoking
DS published a news on the passing of the landmark 'Smoking and Tobacco Usage (control) Act, 2005', introduced by the Health and Family Welfare Minister.
 arrow Impact of hartal
A UNDP report, titled "Beyond Hartals: Towards Democratic Dialogue in Bangladesh" published on March 10 exposed the impacts of hartals on the economy of Bangladesh.
 arrow Birth and Death Registration Act
The Birth and Death Registration Act, 2004 has made registration of all births and deaths mandatory.
 arrow South Korea's success
I came across a wonderful article in the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle.
 arrow BTTB cell phone
Recently, our prime minister inaugurated the BTTB cell phone service. People in the country were really impressed to hear the news.
 arrow Unearth the mysteries
According to newspaper reports, three persons confessed to their involvement in the killing of SAMS Kibria. The government has given police the freedom to investigate this killing.
 arrow English medium education
I am very pleased that the matter of the regulation of English-medium schools is beginning to be discussed in a truly learned fashion between those who have the interests of true education at heart.
 arrow Violation of diplomatic norms
You have reported "Germany offers dialogue to make next JS polls free & fair".
 arrow Power ban --ruling and reality
This is a response to the write-up by Sabrina Murshed (DS: March 13) on the subject.
 arrow IP Engineers
In DS of March 9, the letter from Mr. Ifthekhar Ahmed titled "Good RMG Manager" has drawn my attention.
 arrow "Reining in BNP MPs"
I have read with surprise your lead news "Reining in BNP MPs" published in The Daily Star of 13 March, 2005.
Star Chittagongarrow Open spaces shrink, ecology under threat
Open spaces are vanishing fast here due to haphazard construction of concrete structures on public parks, designated playgrounds and ponds, threatening the entire ecology of the port city.
 arrow Commercial capital runs without sewerage
The port city of Chittagong has been running without any sewerage though the Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) was established here 43 years ago.
 arrow A hill-top temple...
"Chandranath Dham," a hill-top temple of mythological and religious interests to the members of the Hindu community , once again became lively with the footsteps of thousands of devotees on the day of
Star Cityarrow Footpaths occupied by vendors
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) has failed to keep the city's pavements free, even it could not free the footpath in front of Nagar Bhaban from illegal occupation.
 arrow The forgotten boy martyr
Seven-year-old Rukia was playing around the structure without knowing its name. "I cannot tell you what it is. You may ask the grownups," she said.
 arrow DMCH faces scarcity of X-ray films
Scarcity of X-ray films at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) deprives thousands of patients from this important diagnostic service.
 arrow NGO's claim raises concerns over CNG use
The Department of Environment (DoE) has termed the findings of a non-government organisation that had suggested that CNG (compressed natural gas) may cause cancer, as 'misleading'.
 arrow Wasa huffs in bringing down systems loss
Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) is hoping to bring down its systems loss to 30 percent by June, this year.
 arrow Take my Hand, Lead me on ...

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