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Front Pagearrow Main political parties ignore rules
Political parties' registration with the Election Commission (EC) as part of the electoral reforms has turned into a pointless exercise as the major political parties have been ignoring the system since
 arrow Kibria sisters observe token hunger strike
Six sisters of slain Awami League (AL) lawmaker and former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria yesterday observed a token hunger strike in the capital demanding an independent international probe into the
 arrow BNP leaders in election mode
Ministers, MPs and senior leaders of the ruling BNP have started making hectic visits to their constituencies and are making public contacts keeping the next general election in sight.
 arrow The night the genocide began
March 25 arrives once again evoking painful memories of a night of murder and mayhem, the beginning of the genocide of millions of Bangalees by the Pakistani occupation forces.
 arrow US telco evades payment to BTTB
A US telecoms firm, aided and abetted by its powerful local allies, has evaded paying state telecoms operator Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) some $400,000 last year, but the BTTB hasnot
 arrow 8 more dead in twisters
Eight more people were reported killed and at least 35 injured as a nor'wester lashed over the southeastern districts of the country Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, felling trees and houses, snappingpower
 arrow Grisly tales of fortune seekers
During their intercontinental journey to Mali, the group of recently returned Bangladeshi workers never faced any questions from immigration officials, suggesting that the network of brokers involvedin
 arrow Privatisation process starts next week
The finance ministry has assigned the Privatisation Commission to initiate the privatisation process of Rupali Bank within the next week, when a mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that has
 arrow PM visits tornado-hit areas
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday visited the tornado--hit areas in Gaibandha and assured her government's all-out support for rehabilitation of the affected people.
 arrow Chinese PM views Dhaka visit as vital for co-op
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao yesterday said his talks with Prime Minister Khaleda Zia during his coming visit to Bangladesh will further deepen friendship and cooperation between Dhaka and Beijing.
 arrow Noab worried over newsprint price hike, tax
The Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) has expressed grave concern at the rising price of newsprint and high level of taxes on imported newsprint.
 arrow Tripura house asks Indian PM to negotiate release
Tripura State Assembly passed a resolution urging Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to negotiate with Bangladesh government the release of nine labourers arrested at Laksham in Comilla on March 11.
 arrow Centurion Inzy
Captain Inzamamul Haq scored a flawless unbeaten 184 in his 100th Test and Younis Khan added 127 not out as Pakistan took control on the first day of the third and final match on Thursday.
 arrow Hunt on for three
Police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men could not yet arrest three others of the six, who robbed a cattle trader of Tk 7.8 lakh in city's Mirpur area on Wednesday.
 arrow Touts make ME jobs costlier for women
Fraudulent practices of manpower recruiting agencies and brokers have raised the cost of women workers' migration to the Middle East countries to 60-70 thousand taka each from the government-fixed Tk10,000,
 arrow IMF starts annual economic evaluation
As part of its annual evaluation of Bangladesh's economy, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is seeking the government's answers to 50 different questions including some on its gas export policy and
 arrow Kyrgyz president flees country
Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev was reported to have fled the country yesterday after thousands of opposition protesters stormed the seat of power in a potent demonstration of street force.
 arrow Reporter's jail sentence curbs press freedom
International media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said it was concerned that a jail sentence handed down to a Bangladeshi reporter posed a threat to press freedom.
 arrow Anti-smoking law effective from tomorrow
The law restricting smoking at public places and in means of transport takes effect from tomorrow as the government yesterday issued gazette notification of the "Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control)
 arrow DC, sergeant of traffic sued for bribery
A deputy commissioner (DC) and a traffic police sergeant were accused of demanding a bribe in a criminal case filed with a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Cops get 15 more days to probe Galib
A Rajshahi metropolitan magistrate court yesterday granted police 15 more days to complete their investigation of militant linchpin Dr Asadullah Al Galib and his three associates.
 arrow Gang shoots at cops, takes away leader
Hoodlums yesterday snatched away a listed top criminal after shooting a police team, leaving four law-enforcers injured in Araihazar upazila in Narayanganj.
 arrow Criminal killed in crossfire
A top criminal was killed and two police personnel including a sub-inspector (SI) were injured in a 'shooting' between the law enforcers and criminals at village Mochainagar of Alamdanga upazila in Chuadanga
Businessarrow Policy on renewable energy soon, says state minister
The government will formulate a policy on renewable energy as soon as possible to boost alternative energy production, State Minister for Power Iqbal Hassan Mahmood said yesterday.
 arrow Int'l leather fair begins Sunday in Dhaka
In a bid to attract more foreign buyers by displaying the latest development in the country's leather sector, a three-day international leather fair begins at Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka on Sunday.
 arrow 3-day Thailand show begins today in Ctg
A three-day show titled 'Thailand Exhibition 2005' begins in Chittagong today in a bid to promote Thai products in Bangladesh.
 arrow Bangladesh takes part in world expo in Japan
Bangladesh is participating in the 2005 World Expo that began at Nagoya, Aichi in Japan yesterday.
 arrow Dialogue on women entrepreneurship held in Khulna
A dialogue on 'Importance of Rights and Good Governance Towards Trade Favourable Environment for Home-Based Non-Formal Women Entrepreneurship' was held yesterday in Khulna.
 arrow New trading timing on DSE
The trading session of the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) will start from 10am instead of existing 10:30am and will continue until 2pm.
 arrow Apollo Hospitals Dhaka appoints first CEO
Richard Larison has been made the first chief executive officer(CEO) of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka.
Larison started his career as an administrator in Harrison Community Hospital, Michigan.

 arrow Bangladesh takes part in world expo in Japan
Bangladesh is participating in the 2005 World Expo that began at Nagoya, Aichi in Japan yesterday.
 arrow New legislation adopted in India
New legislation adopted Wednesday in India is partly aimed at bringing the country into line with a World Trade Organisation agreement that granted poor countries greater access to cheaper medicine.
 arrow Oil prices up after US refinery blast
Oil prices rose on Thursday as a deadly explosion at a Texas refinery stemmed a sell-off triggered by a firmer dollar and rising US crude stocks.
US light crude rose 61 cents to $54.

 arrow China backs Brazil's Correa as WTO chief
China threw its support behind Brazilian Luiz Felipe Seixas Correa to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), saying he would fight for the interests of developing countries.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pakistan all the way
Inzamamul Haq celebrated his 100th Test with a gem of a century and Younis Khan made an unbea-ten 127 to lead Pakistan's fightback in the third and final Test against India here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: It makes it super special
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq, who marked his 100th Test with a superb century against India on Thursday, said he had been determined to lead from the front.
 arrow Cricket: England tour party in a week
Chief selector Faruque Ahmed said that the four-member panel was in a dilemma whether to announce a preliminary 20-member squad or a final team for Bangladesh's first-ever full tour of England starting
 arrow Cricket: BCB embarks on ambitious project
In an attempt to turn it into the game's breeding ground, the Ban-gladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has brought about a massive change in the structure of the National School Cricket Championship.
 arrow Football: Welcome to the jungle
Japan can expect a torrid reception when they face Iran in the boiling-hot atmosphere of Tehran's Azadi Stadium in an Asian World Cup qualifier on Friday.
 arrow Football: Beckham not amused
David Beckham has dropped the strongest hint yet that he could be forced to quit Real Madrid because of paparazzi harassment of his children in the Spanish capital.
 arrow Football: Chelsea hit back
Premier League leaders Chelsea have responded to what they describe as an "unprecedented attack" by Europe's governing body UEFA, saying they will fight any charges all the way to the Court of Arbitration
 arrow Cricket: We'll not let up: Smith
South Africa captain Graeme Smith says his team will make the best of a difficult situation when they play a weakened West Indies in the Test series starting later this month.
 arrow Tennis: Amelie hopes to bounce back
France's Amelie Mauresmo is hoping a change of coasts brings a change of fortune at the WTA and ATP Masters Series tournament that started here Wednesday, while more of the same would no doubt suit men's
 arrow Football: Depleted Mukti face Abahani today
Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra were dealt a major blow on the eve of their semifinal clash against Abahani in the Independence Day Gold Cup Football Tournament.
 arrow Cricket: U-19 team goes Down Under next month
The Bangladesh Cricket Board announced a 14-member under-19 squad to tour Australia in April.
However, the Board was yet to announce the captain or reveal a tour itinerary.

 arrow Chess: Baroi unbeaten deaf chess champ
Samajpati Baroi won the Indepen-dence Day Deaf Chess Tournament securing maximum five points yesterday.
Mobarak Hossain became runner-up and Manjur Iqbal finished third in the tournament.

 arrow Hockey: Army bury Barnak
Bangladesh Army blanked Barnak Samaj 4-0 to register their second successive victory in the Indepen-dence Day Hockey Tournament at the Maulana Bhashani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Kabadi: Independence Day Kabaddi final today
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Rifles reached the final of the Independence Day Kabaddi Tournament as unbeaten group champions yesterday.
The final takes place today at the outer stadium court.

Metropolitanarrow Get united to protect independence: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday called upon the people to remain vigilant and get united to protect independence of the country saying unprotected freedom is like dependence.
 arrow Viqarunnisa, NSU become champions
A total of 67 winners were awarded in different categories at the closing ceremony of the Fourth The Daily Star-Viqarunnisa Noon School and College English Inter School, Inter Club and First Children's
 arrow Constitutional recognition of indigenous rights demanded
Speakers at a conference yesterday called for constitutional recognition of the rights of indigenous people as they are being deprived of various facilities.
 arrow Help build a prosperous nation
Eminent educationist Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed yesterday called on the students to help build a prosperous nation "that we deserve and dreamt of".
 arrow Body to probe irregularities inside jail
The government formed an eight-member enquiry committee headed by deputy secretary (administration) of home ministry to probe the allegations of irregularities, disorder, violence and drug trading inside
 arrow 'Govt plots to make CHT peace treaty ineffective'
Awami League (AL) Joint Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday alleged that cadres of the ruling BNP-Jamaat-led coalition had established a 'reign of terror' in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
 arrow WCC secretary general arrives tomorrow
Rev Dr Samuel Rodger Kobiah, Secretary General of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC), arrives here tomorrow on a short visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow Save Osmani Udyan
Environment activists at a rally yesterday demanded that the government take immediate steps to save city's Osmani Udyan from the grabbers.
 arrow Pvt varsities urged to play vital role in higher edn
The private universities will have to play a complementary role alongside the public universities in expanding higher education, said Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossainat
 arrow Road renamed after Mir Shawkat Ali
Another city road was renamed after a sector commander of the War of Liberation yesterday.
 arrow B Chy demands relief for tornado victims
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Professor AQM Baduruddoja Chowdhury yesterday demanded that the government immediately provide the tornado affected people with relief and rehabilitation.
 arrow Niamat made Magura DC
The government yesterday transferred two deputy commissioners (DC) and appointed a new one, an official notification said.
 arrow BELTA ESL Programme begins today
A five-day English Teacher Training Programme of Bangladesh English Language Teachers' Association begins at Presidency University, Gulshan today at 9:00am, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow Kofi Annan's reform strategy for the UN
Just six months before the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the United Nations, Secretary General Kofi Annan has thrown a new challenge to world leaders: accept his major reform plans with a view
 arrow All set for Expo 2005
The first world exposition of the twenty-first century gets a fitting start today as the unique combination of wonders of our natural surroundings and the attractive display of modern technology is set
 arrow Word of the Cross
The sixth Word uttered by Jesus Christ from the Cross is: "It is finished." The original first century Greek word for it is this one single word: 'Tetelestai'.
Culturearrow Tagore's Achalayatan
Rabindranath Tagore's cogent drama Achalayatan is being performed by students of Scholastica at the STM Hall in the school's main campus at Uttara, Dhaka.
 arrow Stories on the walls of Dhaka
The walls of a city speak a lot--about its socio-political culture, its citizens and, of course, about big events of a certain time. They speak through the writings, posters and notices posted on them.
 arrow Generating awareness about drugs
One painting depicts a crowd of people with the slogan 'Stay away from drugs" Another shows a woman begging her husband not to drink and smoke, while their neglected child lies prone on the ground.
 arrow Congeniality guns for top spot
Warner Bros Pictures is releasing Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous on March 24.
That move should put the much awaited sequel in the top spot at the box office for the Easter weekend.

 arrow Matir Moina at the Osman Memorial Auditorium

Generalarrow $15m FAO, UNDP project for agriculture dev
The FAO and UNDP will assist Bangladesh to carry out a 15 million US dollar project under a five-year programme advancement in biotechnology in the field of agriculture development in the country.
 arrow Plan to make Ctg an attractive mega city
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin said here yesterday that Chittagong would be beautified to make it an attractive tourist spot and a mega-city of South Asia.
 arrow 24 leaders asked to appear before court in Barisal
Twenty-four Awami League, Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League men have been directed to appear before the magistrate's court in Barisal within seven days starting from March 22.
 arrow KMUJ submits memo to PM
Khulna Metropolitan Union of Journalists (KMUJ) yesterday submitted a memorandum to the prime minister and the state minister for home affairs demanding their urgent intervention in arresting the killers
 arrow Islamic course for children
The Institute of Hazrat Mohammad (SAW) is offering Islamic Deeniyat classes for children, says a press release.
 arrow 700 bundles GCI sheets for twister-hit people
Dutch-Bangla Bank Limited (DBBL) donated 700 bundles of high grade GCI sheets worth Tk 29 lakh for rehabilitating the twister-hit people of four upazilas of Gaibandha and Rangpur, says a press releases.
 arrow Dr Mahfuz joins BPC as chairman
Dr Mahfuzul Haque, Joint Secretary of the Government, has joined Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) as chairman on March 20, says a press release.
 arrow 1,395 more held
Police arrested 1,395 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours till 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: PM's priority projects
We commend the parliamentary standing committee on the planning ministry for bringing to the attention of the nation the scandalous state of affairs surrounding the PM's priority projects under the water
 arrow Editorial: Partha finally released on bail
Shaibal Saha Partha, who was arrested seven months ago for allegedly issuing an email death threat to leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina has got a reprieve from his long drawn out ordeal.
 arrow Independence Day, apart from a holiday
It is time to celebrate again. Another Independence Day and our nation turns 34 tomorrow. The government buildings will be illuminated once again, and the national flag will flutter on rooftops.
 arrow Global terrorism: The Latin American connection
To confirm that the War on Terrorism is global struggle, one has only to look recent developments in South America's Tri-Border Area (TBA), a part of the world that the US intelligence officials have
 arrow The political economy of hartals
Have hartals and lockouts in Bangladesh become a tool of last resort for voicing dissenting views by opposing political parties? Although the economic and social consequences of such drastic measuresare
Letters to Editorarrow Floating lives
The river passenger launch which sailed recently on the metropolis river taking a toll of more than 140 lives was constructed in the dock in just one month! (According to press reports): Unbelievable.
 arrow Ban on petrol import
The government is contemplating a ban on import of petrol as it is being used to adulterate octane.
 arrow Sky train or metro
The photo in the front page of The Daily Star of 11 March of an anguished father and daughter suffering a near nervous breakdown after arriving at the examination hall late due to traffic jam speaks volumes
 arrow ZYbex SR
As reported in the press, Beximco Pharma has launched "Zybex SR" tablet which is claimed to be a highly effective therapy for smokers who want to quit the habit.
 arrow Shastri should apologise
I must congratulate your sports reporter for condemning the comments of Ravi Shastri (March 21). I also echo the same sentiments and am asking for an apology from the former cricketer of India.
 arrow Occasional bus riders
My sympathy as well as support is with Mr H Hyder and other victims.
 arrow World peace
The world has, no doubt, changed after the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre. Since then the world has seen two wars and thousands died.
 arrow National unity: a crying need
Brutal political killings are rocking our country and we seem to have nothing to do. After each and every assassination, investigation committees are formed which ultimately produce no result.
 arrow BBC going west
As a lifelong listener (and later, as a viewer) of BBC news for several decades, I am feeling disenchanted with the news presentation (and the biased views); specially after the 9/11 bombing.
 arrow Ruler's philosophy
What can you say when infants are accused of ransacking and have to wait in a court room for bail?
A great philosopher said 'man is born free but he is in chain'. The chain is the society.

 arrow Fighting for credit
At the end of the school year, the six-inch high clay house I moulded with my own two hands won the first prize in the inter-school competition but when asked, I was taught to say that "our class" won
 arrow Listening to politicians
I have started skipping the public speeches of our politicians. Why? Language was given to man to conceal his thoughts, not to reveal it. Our netas excel in this pastime.
 arrow Rural Health Centres
In an interview on BBC Bangla service at 6-30am on 12 March, 2005 our health minister made a very bold and significant announcement regarding the future plan for management and operation of the subject
 arrow Bangladesh's image
Before concluding that 'false news' and the 'over exercise of press freedom' are damaging Bangladesh's image abroad (Saifur's Salvo, 13 March), the finance minister and the industries minister might usefully
 arrow Needed: unity and understanding
I express my profound shock at the death of the former finance minister SAMS Kibria. His death is not just the demise of a person but is the loss of one of the brightest man in our political arena.
 arrow Two arrested for poppy cultivation
Two Arakanese tribal men were arrested on 2 March by the Burmese army for poppy cultivation in a remote area of Northern Arakan, said a local headman from Buthi Daung township.
Environmentarrow Protect the endangered species
About 200 crores years ago life has originated in the earth, and since then species' creation and species' extinction have been occurring without stoppage.
Worldarrow South Asia: US, India talk military deal amid warming relations
India's chief of naval staff Admiral Arun Prakash, who is on a US visit, discussed purchase of American equipment and systems as part of stepped up defence cooperation, it was announced here Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali anti-graft body to grill another 21
Another 21 people are to be grilled by Nepal's anti-graft panel over a scandal involving embezzlement of state funds, an official said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Woman, children killed in US attack on Taliban
US-led troops killed three Taliban militants in a firefight in which two children and a woman also died in southeast Afghanistan, the US military said.
 arrow South Asia: Global TB campaign making headway
Global efforts to overcome tuberculosis are making gradual headway but serious problems remain in tackling the disease in Africa and among people with the Aids virus, the World Health Organisation (WHO)
 arrow South Asia: Kashmir councillors to get more security
Suspected Islamic militants shot dead five people in Indian Kashmir as authorities decided to upgrade the security of newly-elected municipal councillors under threat from rebels, officials said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Naga rebel factions clash in India
At least three Naga tribal rebels died Thursday in a fierce gunbattle that erupted between two rival guerrilla groups in India's northeastern state of Nagaland, police said.
 arrow Kyrgyz president's palace overrun
Anti-government protesters have overrun the presidential palace, the White House, in Kyrgyzstan's capital Bishkek.
 arrow Texas oil refinery explosion kills 14
A powerful explosion at a BP oil refinery in Texas turned the complex into a raging inferno where at least 14 people died and another 100 were injured on Wednesday.
 arrow Iraq war's legality and planning challenged
British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government was challenged anew yesterday over whether the Iraq invasion was legal and how well it planned for the aftermath, just weeks before general elections.
 arrow US, UK warn of attacks in Philippines
The US and Britain have warned of imminent terror attacks in the Philippines as a massive manhunt continued for al-Qaeda-linked fighters following the arrests of two suspected militants, officials said
 arrow Gaza pullout opponents scramble to nail support for referendum
Opponents of Israel's plan to withdraw from Gaza desperately scrambled yesterday to nail support for a referendum on the pullout as the government sailed towards winning a crunch vote on the 2005 state
 arrow Schiavo parents appeal to US Supreme Court
The parents of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged Florida woman who has been in a persistent vegetative state for the past 15 years, appealed late Wednesday to the US Supreme Court, seeking an order to resume
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