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Front Pagearrow NBR digs into luxury car purchase
To detect income tax evasions, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has resorted to gathering the names and addresses of luxury car buyers and checking back with their tax returns.
 arrow Hundreds stage unique protest
Hundreds of people yesterday lined up in front of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban holding a giant banner inscribed with more than 100,000 signatures to protest the killing of former minister Shah AMS Kibria
 arrow A thriving market in dead fowl
The buying and selling of dead chickens is a daily and longstanding practice, sources say, adding to concerns that a thriving market in dead fowl is supplying the city's restaurants.
 arrow Myanmar for Dhaka meet April 20-21
Myanmar has proposed Bangladesh to hold meeting of the technical committee on the much-talked-about tri-nation gas pipeline on April 20-21 in Dhaka for signing the deal.
 arrow Hartal ends with stray violence
The dawn-to-dusk hartal across the country and an eight-hour shutdown in the capital enforced by the main opposition Awami League (AL) and its allies yesterday passed off by and large peacefully barring
 arrow Two bombs thrown inside Dhaka jail
Two homemade bombs thrown from outside by unknown criminals blasted inside the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow Police idle to follow militant chief's clues
Although Shahadat-e Al Hiqma chief Sayed Kawsar Hussain Siddiki Raja revealed important information during interrogations by the Joint Interrogation Cell in Dhaka, police here have not taken a singlemove
 arrow Mobile crazy crowd damages sales centre
Violence marred the commercial launch of the state-owned Teletalk mobile phone yesterday, as aspiring subscribers damaged Ramna one-stop sales and service centre and the BASIC Bank counter, leaving at
 arrow Buet violates law to build structure
The Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), one of the region's most prestigious technical universities, is building various structures within its campus defying the Town Improvement
 arrow Giant billboards for CCC polls campaign
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) has taken a unique initiative to set up giant billboards in all its wards to stick up posters in the campaign for the May 9 polls by the mayoral and commissioner candidates.
 arrow Cops raid MP's flat to look for his son
Police raided the house of BNP lawmaker from Jessore-1 constituency Ali Kadar at NAM flat on Manik Mia Avenue Wednesday night to arrest his son on charges of beating up a traffic constable, but did not
 arrow Lame duck land commission
A parliamentary body yesterday lashed out at the Land Commission, formed to settle land-related disputes in the three hill districts, for failing to get down to business in the last three years.
 arrow Baby kidnapped for Tk 10 lakh ransom
After abducting a two-year-old boy Wednesday night from a house on the city's Nazimuddin Road, kidnappers demanded a ransom of Tk 10 lakh for his release yesterday.
 arrow JS body vexed at not getting foreign trip
A parliamentary body yesterday expressed frustration that it could not make any foreign trip in the last two years, and decided to visit different organisations soon at home and abroad to 'gather knowledge',
 arrow Court orders army to try captain in murder case
A Khulna court ordered the Bangladesh Army on March 24 to try Captain Naeem in a Court Martial for his alleged involvement last year in the murder of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) contractor Azim Sarder.
 arrow Two Indian ministers die in chopper crash
A pilot and two provincial ministers, one a billionaire industrialist, were killed yesterday when their helicopter crashed in a village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.
 arrow Owners' vow to run buses turns false
Only a few long distance buses left the three terminals in the capital during hartal hours yesterday, charging much higher than normal fare, although the transport leaders announced recently that allbuses
 arrow China sees Jiabao's visit crucial for cooperation
China attaches great importance to the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Bangladesh on April 7 in expanding the relations of cooperation between the two countries.
 arrow Ex-home secy Omar Farooq made BTRC boss
Former Home Secretary Muham-mad Omar Farooq yesterday took over as chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
 arrow High tension at Jessore college over Galib leaflet
Tension runs high on Jessore MM College campus as leaflets demanding release of Asadullah Al Galib, arrested in connection with Islamist militancy, have been found in a teacher's room.
 arrow 117 killed by law enforcement agencies in 3 months
A total of 117 people were killed at the hands of law enforcement agencies in the last three months, Ain o Shalish Kendra (ASK) said at a press release yesterday.
 arrow Moudud rejects US report on failure to try killers
Law Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday said trial of the former finance minister SAMS Kibria murder case will start soon and the probe into the August 21 carnage is on.
Businessarrow JS body rejects BGMEA plea to up labourers' working hour
Parliamentary standing committee on labour and employment ministry yesterday turned down a proposal of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) to increase weekly working hour
 arrow Reform Companies Act for good corporate governance
The Companies Act should be reformed to fulfil the present needs for ensuring good corporate governance, speakers told a seminar in Dhaka.
 arrow Spectacles show kicks off
A three-day international spectacles show began in Dhaka yesterday to promote local products and expand export market.
 arrow Imports up 24pc in eight months during FY'04-05
A boom in capital machinery and intermediate goods pushed up the country's imports 24 percent to US$9,383 million during July-February period of the current fiscal 2004-05 as compared to the same period
 arrow Strike paralyses Mongla Port
A strike, called by stevedores and C & F agents, has paralysed Mongla Port.
 arrow Bangladesh to attend trade fair in Karachi
Bangladesh will attend a trade fair in Karachi, Pakistan in June this year to promote its products.
 arrow GP, RanksTel sign agreement
GremeenPhone (GP) and Ranks Telecom Ltd (RanksTel) recently signed an interconnectivity agreement in Dhaka.
 arrow Prime Bank declares 40pc bonus share
Prime Bank Limited has declared a 40 percent bonus share for the shareholders of the company.
 arrow Mercantile Bank recommends 25pc stock dividend
Mercantile Bank Ltd has recommended a 25 percent stock dividend for its shareholders for the year that ended on December 31, 2004.
 arrow Bank Asia opens branch at Lohagara, Ctg
Bank Asia opened its new branch at Lohagara in Chittagong on Wednesday.
M Syeduzzaman, chairman of Bank Asia, attended the inauguration ceremony of the branch as chief guest.

 arrow India VAT strike draws mixed response on day two
A nation-wide strike called to protest the launch of a Value Added Tax (VAT) across India drew a mixed response on the second day Thursday, with many stores re-opening for business, traders' associations
 arrow India's ICICI Bank, SEDF sign deal
India's ICICI Bank and SEDF (SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility), a multi-donor funded facility established by International Finance Corporation (IFC), have signed deal to offer technical assistance
 arrow Microsoft, HP hold seminar on mail-server management
Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard (HP) recently held a seminar on the cutting-edge solution for mail-server management.
 arrow EU mulls over sanctions in antidumping row with US
The European Union (EU)'s executive arm proposed slapping sanctions on a range of US products imported into Europe Thursday, in the latest blow in a long-running row over a controversial US anti-dumping
Sportsarrow Cricket: Barisal floor Khulna
Dhaka's tailenders denied Sylhet two certain points when the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League leaders survived Alok Kapali's spinning web on the final day of their seventh-round four-day match yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: About time he scored big
Out-of-form India captain Sourav Ganguly will be under pressure to retain his job in a six-match one-day series against Pakistan starting on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: No sympathy for Ganguly
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq on Thursday warned there will be no respite for his beleaguered Indian counterpart Sourav Ganguly during the upcoming one-day series.
 arrow Football: Argentina stay top
Ecuador and Paraguay emerged favourites to join Argentina and Brazil as South America's representatives at next year's World Cup after good results in Wednesday's qualifiers.
 arrow Football: Mukti off to Turkmenistan today
A 16-member Muktijoddha Sangsad leave Dhaka this afternoon to play their third round match of the AFC Cup against Nebitchi FC of Turkmenistan.
 arrow Cricket: Delhi may lose the final ODI
A one-day international between Pakistan and India that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was due to attend is unlikely to be held in New Delhi for security reasons, a cricket official said Thursday.
 arrow Football: April 11 final likely
The final of the Independence Day Gold Cup football tournament between Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad, which was washed out on Wednesday, is likely to be held on April 11.
 arrow Star Again...

 arrow No joy for France, Spain
Steven Gerrard and David Beckham scored as England edged a 2-0 victory over minnows Azerbaijan while other top sides France and Spain struggled in Wednesday's European World Cup qualifiers.
 arrow Football: North Korea in hot waters
North Korea face possible disciplinary action after an angry confrontation with the referee sparked ugly crowd scenes during a World Cup qualifying match, Asia's football chief said on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Mourinho banned, Chelsea fined
Chelsea were fined 75,000 Swiss francs ($62,810) and coach Jose Mourinho given a two-match touchline ban by UEFA on Thursday for bringing the game into disrepute.
 arrow Football: Hot tickets!
Fans around the world bombarded the 2006 World Cup website on Thursday in the final hours of initial ticket sales, with demand already having outstripped supply.
 arrow Cricket: Muralitharan gets all clear
Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has been given the all clear to resume bowling and start the second stage of his rehabilitation from shoulder injury.
 arrow Cricket: WI duo ends ties with C&W
Ramnaresh Sarwan and Chris Gayle became available to play for the West Indies when they cancelled personal sponsorship contracts on Wednesday.
 arrow Cricket: Romeo gets his Juliet
Pakistan's historic cricket tour of India, a sign of growing warmth between the rivals, has helped reunite cricketer Shoaib Malik with the Indian wife he married over the telephone.
 arrow Football: Mixed draws for youth soccer teams
Bangladesh have been drawn against mighty Iran in the qualifiers for next year's AFC Youth (Under-20) Football Championship.
 arrow Volleyball: Pepsi v'ball
Defending champions Dhaka will take on Khulna in the final of the Pepsi inter-district volleyball tournament at the Bir Shreshtha Noor Mohammed Stadium in Narail today.
 arrow Athletics: PDB athletics
Khulna Power Station became champions in the Bangladesh Power Development Board (PDB) inter-office athletics competition, which was held at the Rajarbagh Police Lines in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Basketball: Independence Day b'ball
Yasir shot 30 points and Raja 29 to inspire Josephites Club to a 96-79 win over Bangladesh Rifles in yesterday's Independence Day basketball tournament at the Dhanmondi Basketball Gymnasium.
 arrow Cricket: Bandarban cricket
Bonorupa XI defeated New Gulshan XI by five wickets in the DSA Cup Cricket League at the Bandarban stadium yesterday.
 arrow Squash: Partex squash on
The Partex Open squash tournament got underway at the Gulshan Club yesterday with favourite Ram Jagadish defeating Dilu 9-4, 9-3, 9-5 in a Premier Division match.
Metropolitanarrow Work for a poverty-free Bangladesh by 2020
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged all, including the co-operators, to put in their efforts to attain the goal of reducing poverty by half within 2015 and make the country poverty free by 2020.
 arrow Injury is a leading killer of children in Bangladesh
A new study by the UN Children's Fund says that injury is a leading killer of children in Bangladesh, which accounts for 83 child deaths a day.
 arrow Govt plans to make use of jute bags mandatory
If necessary, law will be enacted for mandatory use of jute bags in packing and marketing of cement, fertiliser, sugar and foodgrains.
 arrow Top level changes in civil admin
The government yesterday brought important changes at the top level of the civil administration through transfer and fresh appointment, says an official notification.
 arrow 4 UP representatives killed in 3 months
Four union parishad (UP) representatives were killed and 19 others injured across the country in the first three months of the year, says a report of Democracywatch, a non-government organisation.
 arrow 'Speaking against Jamaat is tantamount to speaking against Islam'
Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami yesterday said speaking against Jamaat-e-Islami is tantamount to speaking against Islam and conspiracy against Islam means working against humanity.
 arrow Soomro meets Moudud
Pakistan and Bangladesh stressed the need for exchanging experiences on legal assistance, jail reform and case management in the two countries.
 arrow Verdict Apr 7
The verdict in sensitive Commodore (Rtd) Golam Rabbani murder case will be delivered on April 7.
Chittagong Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal Judge M Hasan Imam yesterday fixed the date for the verdict.

 arrow Kabir's candidature endorsed
Lion SK Kabir Hossain, international director-endorsee of the Lions Clubs Multiple District 315, Bangladesh, has been endorsed as an unopposed candidate for the post of international director of Lions
 arrow Valuables worth Tk 2 lakh looted from city house
Thieves took away cash and gold ornaments worth about Tk 2 lakh from a house at Uttara in the city on Wednesday night.
 arrow Biswas shocked
Former President Abdur Rahman Biswas yesterday condoled the death of former minister AM Zahiruddin Khan, who died in Bangkok on Tuesday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Finger-striking saltwater irrigation away?
Irrigation by application of sweet waters is commonly understood. Saline waters are also used in production of solar salts and cultivation of irrigated shrimps.
Culturearrow Jayosree Kar Jaya: An actress with a mission
A village girl awaits the return of her beloved who has gone to the city to earn his living.
 arrow A rich array of plays
Jahangirnagar University (JU) campus has spectacular natural surroundings of woods and lakes.
 arrow An evening of Nazrul songs
Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad organised its monthly programme at the Nazrul Institute on Wednesday last.
 arrow Affleck turns to director's chair
He hit it big as a screenwriter, rose and fell as an actor, and even dabbled in presidential politics. Now Ben Affleck is trying his hand in the director's chair.
Generalarrow Nasir pledges to make CCC corruption free
Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, the ruling party candidate for the mayoral post, vowed to make the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) free from corruption, if elected in the upcoming elections.
 arrow Mock exercise on post-quake recovery in city on Apr 12
A mock exercise on post-earthquake recovery measures will be held in the old part of the city on April 12 to create public awareness and build capacity of the government and non-government agencies during
 arrow 3 killed,14 hurt in Jhenidah road accidents
Three persons were killed and 14 others injured, five of them critically, in separate road accidents in Jhenidah on Wednesday night.
 arrow JS committee unhappy over land commission in CHT
The Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs expressed its dismay over the activities of the Land Commission.
 arrow Husband gouges out eyes of wife for dowry
A cruel husband gouged out both the eyes of his wife at village Shankarpur in Kaliganj on Tuesday as she failed to bring dowry from her parents.
 arrow Indigenous youth beaten to death
A drug-addicted indigenous youth was beaten to death allegedly by his younger brother in the town.
 arrow 'Withdraw enhanced course fees'
Hundreds of doctors at a protest meeting on Wednesday demanded that government immediately withdraw the increased course fees of the post graduate medical students, says a press release.
 arrow Charity film show to help a mother
A four-day charity film show from April 5 to 8 will be held at the TCI

auditorium in Rangamati aiming at raising fund for Kolpana Chakma, mother of a one-year-old baby girl, who have been sufferingfrom

 arrow CHT debate festival begins tomorrow
A two-day debate festival in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) titled 'Jatya Parbattya Bitorka Utsab' will begin tomorrow in the tiny hilly town of Rangamati.
 arrow Flood Info Centre starts functioning today
Flood Information Centre of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) will start functioning from today. The centre will disseminate day-to-day information or rainfall and water levels of all major rivers
 arrow One withdraws candidature
Syed Mamun Mia, an independent candidate for the by-election in Habiganj-3 parliamentary constituency, withdrew his candidature yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Hartal with diminished conviction
It was a unique hartal that we witnessed yesterday, both as a swan-song of a dying practice and a reflection of public fatigue with its overuse.
 arrow Editorial: Do you know who I am?
The haughty display of connection allegedly by the son of a ruling party lawmaker on Manik Mian Avenue on Wednesday would not have most probably made news had it been just a wordy affair.
 arrow One point programme
The talk in the capital is all about elections -- when they will be called, whether the opposition demands to hold them under a new caretaker government regimen will be successful, who the new election
 arrow In earnest of being honest
My friend is an honest man, who has a hard time justifying it to himself. These days he is feeling down, because he realizes late in the day that the book of life does not show much of a balance.
 arrow Self-complacency -- the marauder of social values
‘A stitch in time saves nine' -- so goes the perceptual saying since time immemorial.
Letters to Editorarrow Let's build Bangladesh
“Be great in act, as you have been in thought -- suit the action to the word and the word to the action," said Shakespeare, one of the greatest writers in world history.
 arrow Mohali Test
The Mohali Test between India and Pakistan was high value entertainment with an unexpected result.
However, there was one jarring note--inconsistent umpiring.

 arrow A noble gesture
March 23, TV interview on Khilgaon Flyover opening: Mr.
 arrow Genocide in 1971
The word genocide means mass murder and in 1971 genocide took place in Bangladesh, then East Pakistan. Three million Bengalees were killed by the Pakistani military junta.
 arrow Road accidents
Road accident! A dreadful word. This tragic word is often uttered in our country. Many road accidents are taking place on various routes. The number is increasing drastically.
 arrow Perilous journeys
The future of the country will be covered with darkness, if the scholars, think-tanks, and inventors are not patronised and honoured.
 arrow Purpose of life
There are two purposes of our lives on this planet. One is the "Jururat" (necessity) and the other is the Moksod (aim and objective) of our lives.
 arrow Politics of hartal
Your editorial on "Anti-hartal pact: National Interest demands it" published on 13 March 2005 and the write-up of Mr.
 arrow On debate
Recently, I came to learn from a DS report (Mar 18) that The Daily Star organised a debate for school children in collaboration with the Viqarunnessa School. I would like to thank you for this effort.
 arrow China and Taiwan
"We should be particularly careful of Taiwan authorities trying to use so-called constitutional or legal means through referendum or constitutional re-engineering to back up their secessionist attempt
 arrow We can do many things
As a country of 34 years,Êwith a history and culture of thousands of years- Bangladesh is now at the crossroads ofÊmoving forwardÊor getting mired in intolerance, injustice and corruption.
 arrow Barbaric acts of BSF
As it appeared in The Daily Star on March 14, 2005 quoting Adhikar, a human rights NGO, the Border Security Force (BSF) of India killed 377 Bangladeshis in the last five years i.e.
 arrow Woman's power - her wisdom
A woman can lead her society, her country and the world at large, the way she runs her home with little care and concern.
Worldarrow Bad weather hampers quake relief effort
Bad weather and infrastructure damage hampered relief efforts in quake-hit northwestern Indonesia yesterday, relief agencies said, as survivors in remote areas were reportedly going hungry.
 arrow Spy agencies 'dead wrong' on WMDs
In a scathing report, a presidential commission said yesterday that America's spy agencies were "dead wrong" in most of their judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the war and that
 arrow UN human rights expert slams impact of Iraq invasion, war on terror
A UN human rights expert warned yesterday that malnutrition rates among young Iraqi children had almost doubled since the US-led invasion of Iraq, in a report that sharply criticised the impact of the
 arrow 10 Iraqis killed in bombings
Two car bombs killed at least 10 Iraqis near Shia shrines yesterday as the community marked a major religious festival and a US citizen and three Romanian journalists were shown being held hostage inthe
 arrow Scientist warns of another massive quake off Sumatra
An Indonesian scientist warned Wednesday that an earthquake measuring as high as 9.0 on the Richter scale could hit regions off Sumatra and trigger another tsunami.
 arrow Abbas orders crackdown after attack on his HQ
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ordered a crackdown yesterday on Ramallah militants who defied demands that they lay down their arms under peace moves he had agreed with Israel.
 arrow US court rejects Schiavo parents' latest appeal
Nearly two weeks after Terri Schiavo's feeding tube was disconnected, her parents endured two more legal setbacks in their fight to keep her alive when the US Supreme Court and a federal appeals court
 arrow N Korea calls for arms reduction talks
North Korea said yesterday that six-way talks aimed at ending a standoff over its nuclear program should be transformed into arms reduction negotiations as it has already produced atomic weapons.
 arrow South Asia: Delhi, Islamabad fail to reach missile test pact
Pakistan has failed to reach a formal agreement with nuclear rival India on giving advance warning of missile tests due to rows over sharing sensitive details on launch sites and trajectories, a minister
 arrow South Asia: Chinese FM in Nepal to boost ties
China's Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing flew into Nepal yesterday to boost ties with a neighbour shunned by much of the international community since King Gyanendra seized power two months ago.
 arrow South Asia: Manmohan welcomes US offers of strategic partnership
India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has welcomed last week's offer from the United States to sell warplanes, nuclear reactors and missile systems, India's media reported yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Kashmiris angry at death threats by rebels over bus journey
Kashmiris due to ride the first bus between the Indian and Pakistani zones of the divided region hit out angrily yesterday at rebels who issued death threats, amid concerns over the leaking of the passenger
 arrow South Asia: Amnesty calls on UN to avert catastrophe in Nepal
Amnesty International on Wednesday urged the UN's top human rights forum meeting here to take action to prevent a "human rights catastrophe" in Nepal.
 arrow South Asia: Strike paralyses Pakistan's restive southwest
Businesses and transport shut down in Pakistan's violence-hit southwestern province of Baluchistan yesterday in response to a strike call by ethnic minority groups.
 arrow South Asia: Pak forces net 6 terror suspects
Pakistani security agencies have arrested six suspected al-Qaeda-linked foreigners in a swoop on their hideout near the Afghan border, officials said Thursday.
 arrow South Asia: Afghan appeal court cuts jail sentence of 3 US vigilantes
An Afghan appeal court yesterday slashed by at least half the sentences of three Americans accused of torturing suspects in a so-called private war on terror, a judge said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Tsunami panic killed 5 in Lanka
At least five people were killed when thousands fled inland from Sri Lanka's battered coastal areas during this week's tsunami warning, police said Wednesday.
 arrow South Asia: Human rights body blasts Gayoom
A Maldivian opposition party and an Asian rights organisation Wednesday lashed out at President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom who is currently visiting India, accusing him of scuttling democracy and responsibility
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