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Front Pagearrow Govt will need extra Tk 6,712cr a year
The government needs an additional Tk 1,154 crore in the second half of this fiscal year to implement the first phase of the new pay structure for both civil and defence staff, says a finance ministry
 arrow 60 hurt as cops, JCD clash with Shibir
At least 60 people including 10 policemen were wounded as police and activists of pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) clashed with Jamaat-e-Islami-backed Islami Chhatra Shibir workers at Dhaka Alia
 arrow Opposition to take to street early next month for reforms
The mainstream opposition parties will launch a combined street agitation early next month to push for a set of electoral reform proposals on the appointment of the chief of the caretaker government and
 arrow Security for cable carrying barge after pirate attack
The specialised barge Swissco-12, tasked with laying optical fibre submarine cable to connect South Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe with the information super highway, will start its journeyfor
 arrow Pope's funeral on Friday
A Vatican official yesterday said Pope John Paul II's funeral will be held Friday morning, and the College of Cardinals convened for the first time since the pope's death ahead of a secret vote laterthis
 arrow ChevronTexaco take-over of Unocal won't affect local operations
ChevronTexaco Corp's takeover of Unocal will not affect operations and investments of Unocal Bangladesh, which produces nearly 300 mmcfd (million cubic feet per day) of gas and owns energy projects in
 arrow 300 to be deputy secretary
The Superior Selection Board (SSB) has finalised a list of some 300 senior assistant secretaries, mostly from the 1984 batch, for elevation to the post of deputy secretary.
 arrow PM urges public support to foil 'opposition's conspiracy'
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday sought people's support to foil a conspiracy to destabilise the country's political situation and stall its economic progress.
 arrow Embarrassed govt sits on row-stricken ACC
The deadlock at the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) due to controversies and internal conflict has embarrassed the government but the policymakers are not taking any steps to solve the problems to avoid
 arrow Three killed in 'crossfire'
Three alleged members of two outlawed parties were killed in Kushtia and Jhenidah in 'encounters' between the police and the outlaws early yesterday.
 arrow Saber critical of govt statement on FBI probe
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina's Political Secretary Saber Hossain Chowdhury yesterday criticised the government for its statement on FBI's enquiry into the assassination of former finance minister
 arrow Playing foul with fowl...

 arrow Wasa to resume demolition drive
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) on Thursday launches another drive to knock down illegal structures on the remaining branches of the Kalyanpur canal.
 arrow 9 killed in Sirajganj road crash
At least nine people died and over 75 were injured, 12 of them critically, when a passenger bus rammed another from behind after the first one drove into a stranded truck on the Bangabandhu Bridge link
 arrow Younis set to miss today's 2nd ODI too
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan is set to miss the second one-day international against India on Tuesday following a fever.
"Younis is a lot better, but he's not match fit.

 arrow Rab recovers AK47 in Ctg
Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) dug out three firearms, including a sophisticated AK47 rifle, and ammunition from a grave in the port city's Karnaphuli area early yesterday.
 arrow 8 killed in road crash in Sirajganj
At least eight people were killed and over 75 injured when two speeding passenger buses collided head-on on the Bangabandhu Bridge link road in Sirajganj yesterday.
 arrow Bombs hurled at BSS office
Unknown miscreants hurled two bombs at the office of state-owned news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) yesterday afternoon.
 arrow Martians will find Bangla!
If ever there will be creatures on the Mars as intelligent as or even more intelligent than humans, one of the languages they will come across will be Bangla.
 arrow JS body for rehabilitating them at Savar
A parliamentary body yesterday recommended rehabilitation of the stranded Pakistanis (known as Biharis), now living on 541 plots in Mirpur, at Savar, and steps for their employment.
 arrow UK praises improvement of law, order
The British government has highly appreciated the improvement of the law and order situation in Bangladesh, describing it as a tremendous success of the present government under the leadership of Prime
 arrow 8 militants killed in battle with Saudi forces
A fierce firefight between Saudi security forces and suspected Islamic militants raged on in the north of the kingdom for a second straight day yesterday, leaving as many as eight militants dead and at
 arrow Bear mauls 8 in Feni
Eight people were injured when a bear went on the rampage at the Bilonia bordering area of Parshuram upazila in the district.
Earlier, the bear had crossed into Bangladesh from an Indian forest.

 arrow Ministry probing NU VC's scandal
The education ministry is probing alleged scandals involving National University (NU) Vice- chancellor (VC) Aftab Ahmed and sacked deputy registrar Begum Sultana Razia Jui.
 arrow BNP expels Quiyum
AKM Abdul Quiyum, vice--president of Habiganj district BNP and prime accused in former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria murder case, has been expelled from the party.
 arrow AL leader Abdul Mannan passes away
Veteran Awami Leaguer (AL) leader and a leading organiser of the Liberation War Abdul Mannan died at his city residence yesterday after suffering from old age complications.
He was 75.

 arrow 'Govt keen on transparent probe'
Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, Bangladesh's ambassador to the US, responded to the three US lawmakers who sent a letter to Bangladesh urging a transparent probe into the January 27 grenade attack in Habiganj.
Businessarrow Stop import thru' direct purchase to curb money laundering
Import through direct purchase is linked to money laundering, said Dhaka Customs House, urging authorities to stop the practice immediately.
 arrow Farmers to face difficulty getting farm loans
Top bank officials yesterday said marginal farmers will face difficulty to receive agricultural loan from banks due to newly amended law relating to land registration and transfer.
 arrow Akbar sees sharp decline in piracy as ports adopt int'l security code
Shipping Minister Akbar Hossain yesterday said the image of Bangladesh in the global shipping arena has improved remarkably after implementation of International Ship and Port Security (IPSP) Code.
 arrow Shadow of Wolfowitz hangs over WTO amid US-EU bargain fears
Former US defence official Paul Wolfowitz's appointment to head the World Bank has added a fresh twist to the election of the new director general of the World Trade Organisation, diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow Cell set up to solve problems in cargo shipment in Ctg port
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), Coastal Ship Owners Association (CSOA) and Bangladesh Cargo Vessels Association (BCVA) yesterday jointly formed a Water Transport Coordination Cell(WTCC)
 arrow Website launched to facilitate RMG trade
In a bid to facilitate IT services for country's readymade garment (RMG) and textile sectors and bring local entrepreneurs close to European buyers and suppliers, a Bangla-Danish e-commerce company yesterday
 arrow Orascom plans to start submarine cable business
Middle Eastern mobile phone conglomerate Orascom Telecom yesterday announced ambitious plans to deploy two submarine cable networks to link major telecommunications hubs across the Mediterran-ean andthe
 arrow New Noritsu photo printer launched
Aquamarine Distributions Ltd, a concern of MGH Group, has launched Noritsu QSS-32 series photo printer in local market.
 arrow Opec to boost production
Opec's 10 members bound by official output limits will pump 28.1 million barrels per day (bpd) in April, an Opec delegate said Monday, an estimated 400,000 bpd more than the month before.
 arrow New deputy executive presidents of Islami Bank
M Farid Uddin Ahmad and ATM Harun-ur-Rashid Chowdhury have recently been made deputy executive presidents of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL).
 arrow Proton sees exports double, plans new push abroad
Malaysian national carmaker Proton expects its exports to have doubled in the past year and plans to tap new markets in southern Europe, Asia and the Middle East, a report said Monday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Only England on his mind
For Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore first thing comes first. He was not even ready to entertain the whisperings of whether he will be at the helm or not after his contract expires in September this year.
 arrow Cricket: Exciting newcomers
The two fresh faces in the Tigers' 20-man preliminary squad for the tour of England, Shahadat Hossain Rajib and Shahriar Nafees Ahmed both offer something new.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd Indo-Pak ODI today
India captain Sourav Ganguly's failure as a batsman is not putting extra pressure on the team during the one-day series against arch-rivals Pakistan, vice-captain Rahul Dravid insisted on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Windies smell victory
Paceman Pedro Collins took the key wicket of South Africa captain Graeme Smith before the close as the West Indies scented victory on the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Marshall law on SL
Fledgling Test cricketer Hamish Marshall added a second Test century to his blossoming credentials as New Zealand built a solid base in the first Test against Sri Lanka here Monday.
 arrow Football: Emotion runs high
The air will be thick with emotion in Liverpool and Milan this week when the quest to reach the last four of the Champions League gets under way.
 arrow Football: Bowyer gets hefty fine
Lee Bowyer has been fined a record 200,000 pounds by Newcastle for his brawl with team-mate Kieron Dyer.
 arrow Football: Barca's dramatic draw
Giovanni van Bronckhorst saved Barcelona's blushes by grabbing a late equaliser five minutes into injury time to give the Spanish first division leaders a 3-3 draw with ten-man Real Betis on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer's fantastic fightback
Swiss superman Roger Federer rallied from two sets to love down to subdue Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal 2-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-1 here Sunday and claim the ATP Masters Series title at Key Biscayne.
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi ride on Anisur ton
Anisur Rahman Sanchay smashed 101 yesterday to help Rajshahi maintain their lead in the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League one-day competition with a massive 111-run win over Khulna.
 arrow Cricket: Lara available, four others eligible
After weeks of high drama, the sponsorship dispute between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the players has finally come to end, with the board directing the selectors to consider Chris Gayle,
 arrow Cricket: SA 143/3
South Africa were 143 for 3 in their second innings half an hour before lunch on the fifth and final day of the first Test against West Indies at the Bourda Oval in Georgetown yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak cricketers insured in Ahmedabad
Organisers of a one-day cricket match in a communally-sensitive western Indian city have insured the touring Pakistan team for 445,000 dollars as security cover, officials said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Miraz Nat'l Bank Public's hero
An explosive 142 off 116 balls by Miraz Ahmed helped National Bank Public dump Maple Leaf International by 142 runs in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers National School Cricket Championship yesterday.
 arrow Football: Women booters last match today
The Bangladesh Under-17 women's football team will play their last warm-up match in Kolkata today in preparation for the AFC U-17 Women's Football Championship.
 arrow Squash: Partex squash
Ram Jagadish and Swapan Parvez won their respective Premier Division matches in the Partex Open squash tournament at the Gulshan Club yesterday.
 arrow Football: Local teams both win
Bangladesh won both their matches in the AFC Under-13 Football Festival at BKSP yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Umps become sightscreens!
Umpires became sightscreens as New Zealand batsmen faced up to Sri Lankan slinger Lasith Malinga for the first time on the opening day of the first cricket Test here Monday.
 arrow Athletics: Bangladesh to take part in Islamic Games
A six-member Bangladesh team, comprising four athletes and two officials, will take part in the fourth Women's Islamic Games in Iran next September.
Metropolitanarrow Govt must cut poverty to achieve MDGs
Bangladesh will have to intensify its efforts to reduce poverty by 2015 to achieve Millenium Development Goals (MDG) set by the United Nations, said the speakers at a workshop yesterday.
 arrow '30 lakh children deprived of primary edn'
Thirty lakh children are still deprived of primary education although the enrolment has increased 30.8 percent since 1991, speakers at a workshop said yesterday.
 arrow 'Education can protect women from discrimination'
Women as a dynamic core of the society have the potential to bring change to the fate of the poorest people, speakers at a roundtable said yesterday.
 arrow Ministry says no to lottery for raising fund for FFs' families
A proposal to raise funds by holding lottery for the welfare of the families of war-wounded and martyred freedom fighters (FFs) has been rejected by the finance ministry for next five years.
 arrow Hasina meets Ramos, Corazon
Opposition Leader Sheikh Hasina separately met Corazon Aquino and Fidel Ramos, two former presidents of the Philippines, in Manila yesterday and discussed global issues of poverty alleviation, democracy
 arrow Indo-Bangla jt drive to set up border pillars
Bangladesh and India are carrying out a joint drive to set up new boundary pillars and repair the damaged ones.
 arrow Cop, brother remanded
The traffic sergeant and his brother arrested on charges of attempting to abduct a businessman on the Supreme Court premises on Sunday were remanded for one day yesterday.
 arrow 2 hotel employees shot
Hoodlums shot and injured two employees of a residential hotel in the city yesterday.
 arrow Daily Star Third Inter Hall English debate begins tomorrow
A four-day 'The Daily Star Third Inter Hall English Debate Championship and First Inter University Public Speaking Competition-2005' will begin at the RC Majumder auditorium of Dhaka University (DU) tomorrow.
 arrow PM to open operation of Moulvibazar Gas Field today
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will inaugurate the operation of the Moulvibazar gas field, one of the largest in the country, today.
 arrow AL, alliance candidates collect nomination papers
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) election has got a new momentum with the collection of nomination papers by two major candidates for mayoral post on Sunday and yesterday.
 arrow 'Keep fit, eat less cholesterol'
Everyone should keep fit and get as much exercises as possible with a eating habit of foods that contain less cholesterol, suggested Dr Beh Chor Khim, a renowned cardiologist.
 arrow Renovation of Shah Amanat Bridge to end by this year
The government has decided to complete the renovation work of Shah Amanat Bridge in Chittagong at a cost of Tk 6 crore by this year on priority basis.
 arrow Skop factory strike today
The Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) today enforces a 48-hour strike in mills and factories from 6:00am demanding declaration of minimum national wage and stopping de-regularisation of state-run
 arrow Flag to fly at half-mast tomorrow
Bangladesh will fly the national flag at half-mast tomorrow as a mark of respect to Pope John Paul II who died on Saturday.
 arrow AAG Naima resigns
Assistant Attorney General Naima Haider has tendered her resignation, official sources said yesterday.
In a letter to the Attorney General, Naima said she has taken the decision on "personal grounds".

 arrow Punishment to cop demanded
The Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK), a human rights organisation, yesterday expressed concern over a police sergeant's attempt to kidnap a businessman on the Supreme Court premises.
 arrow Qulkhwani of Zahiruddin Khan held
Qulkhwani of former minister and renowned industrialist AM Zahiruddin Khan was held at his residence in the city yesterday.
 arrow Correction
Sri Lankan High Commissioner Gamini S Munasinghe received a donation cheque for tsunami-affected people of his country at a simple ceremony in the city on Sunday.
 arrow 1,195 more held
Police arrested 1,195 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6.00am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Reform caretaker system, EC: Jalil
Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday reiterated his party's stance that it will not participate in the next general election unless the caretaker system is reformed and the Election
 arrow Nor'wester lashes 3 upazilas
A nor'wester lashed Dimla, Kishoreganj and Sadar upazila areas in the district Sunday night, damaging houses, educational institutions, crops and uprooting numerous trees.
 arrow Expulsion goes, showdown follows
Charghat upazila BNP president Abu Sayeed Chand staged a showdown in Rajshahi city yesterday after his expulsion from the party for assaulting a government official was 'withdrawn'.
 arrow Office locked, officials ‘missing’, protests on
The Water Development Board (WDB) office in Patuakhali is locked since Thursday as officials are not attending office following alleged irregularities in distribution of Tk 20 crore development work.
 arrow Dislodge this govt
Awami League Presidium member and former agriculture minister Motia Chowdhury has said the people have nothing to get from the government as it has turned autocratic and wants to cling to power anyhow.
 arrow Dinajpur Medical College students' 5-pt demand
Students of Dinajpur Medical College (DMC) yesterday staged a demonstration in front of the principal's office to press their 5-point demand.
Point-Counterpointarrow Achieving excellence in classroom teaching in our universities
Let us begin with an excerpt from a letter of a university student of this country: "I am a ... student at ... University. I am having some difficulty with my faculty members.
 arrow F R Khan -- An architect with a difference
A prophet is not honoured in his own country" -- so goes the proverb. It is painfully true in case of Dr. Fazlur Rahman Khan, the legendary Bangladesh-born structural engineer.
 arrow Parliamentary election in Zimbabwe
The low key campaign on the street allowing opposition adequate exclusive time, allowing them access to the general mass instead of taking recourse to such campaign as leading to violence, intimidation
Culturearrow The call of the Santal clan
Bangladesh a sweet land
Land of flowers
Decorated plants wave in its wind....
This patriotic Santali song is a favourite with Jonah Murmu, who works with the Baptist Mission in Rajshahi.

 arrow Abayab hosts drama festival
On a sultry evening in April, theatre workers of Abayab and theatre activists from different troupes gathered at the Experimental Theatre Stage at Shilpakala.
 arrow " Life is doing something purposeful" -- Atiqul Haque Chowdhury
Veteran TV play director Atiqul Haque Chowdhury still has a firm place in the hearts of his audience for his superb productions.
Internationalarrow Flags lowered across Asia as different faiths mourn pope of peace
Mourning for the late Pope John Paul II transcended religious barriers in Asia yesterday with flags lowered to half mast from Hindu India to Australia, Buddhist Thailand to the staunchly Catholic Philippines.
 arrow Nepal slaps ban on travel without armed escorts
Nepal yesterday banned travel on the nation's major roads without armed escort while trucks and buses were stranded by lengthy security checks before entering or leaving the capital, a police official
 arrow Thai blasts raise fear of unrest in other parts
Fears that 15 months of unrest is spreading from southern Thailand increased yesterday after an unprecedented triple bomb attack on an airport, hotel and supermarket just outside the three southernmost
 arrow Security tightened at Al-Aqsa Mosque fearing attack
Security is being beefed up around Jerusalem's disputed mosque compound for fear of attack by extremists trying to disrupt Israel's planned pullout from the Gaza Strip, police sources said Monday.
 arrow Crime gangs earn $10b by human trafficking
Human trafficking is beginning to rival the drugs and arms trades raking in an estimated 10 billion dollars in revenues for crime gangs every year, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) said yesterday.
 arrow China seeks to bolster influence in S Asia during Wen's trip
China will seek to bolster its influence in South Asia during a four-nation tour by Premier Wen Jiabao, amid worries in Beijing about a changing geopolitical climate as the United States looks to boost
 arrow Slum population may top 3b mark by 2050: UN
The United Nations warned yesterday that growing poverty and urbanisation may result in a tripling in the population of the world's slums to three billion people by the middle of the century.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Shooting at a moving target
The question of how to deal with the problem of black money is not one that lends itself to an easy resolution.
 arrow Editorial: Reclaiming canals
The drive getting underway with a good deal of publicity to reclaim the canals in the city, most parts of which remain illegally occupied, seems to be hurtling along.
 arrow Armoured car and law enforcement
The new of the recent acquisition of nine armoured car with more in the pipeline by the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), as reported in the newspapers, will most likely excite the young, amuse the gullible
 arrow The recognition story
In the first week of January 1972 the captor told the prisoner in the solitary confinement that his country was free and whether he would like to go to New Delhi to reach Dhaka.
Letters to Editorarrow Indigenous people
I appreciate very much Thuihla Mong's letter on Marmas. Marmas and other indigenous people need to come forward and demand preservation of their unique cultures.
 arrow Modification of caretaker system
Recently, The Daily Star published an interesting letter that questioned the justification of AL demand for modification of the caretaker system (Why this demand? Nur Jahan Chittagong).
 arrow The challenge
I totally agree with, and as a student of a renowned English medium school, support Zeenat Z. Syed and her overall views. I am a class 8 student and I have two more years before my O-level examinations.
 arrow Whither teaching ethics?
The preliminary findings by the UGC on the state of the numerous private universities in Bangladesh (53, out of which 41 are located in capital Dhaka) makes distressing reading (Mar 22).
 arrow Congratulations!
Congratulations to Arif Reza for his winning the second prize at SOFTEC-2005. What's next? The next stage of the achievement is to transfer the success into winning commercial products.
 arrow Good cover story
At first I would like to thank Mr. Mustafa Zaman for his well thought out report. We seem to have forgotten that we have a rich heritage.
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