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Front Pagearrow Bangladesh limps in post-MFA race
While China and India are taking over the global market, confrontational politics, high oil prices and adverse impacts of the quota phaseout in textiles are the major bane holding Bangladesh back from
 arrow Warm reception awaits Chinese premier
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao flies into Dhaka this afternoon on a two-day state visit to Bangladesh that will further strengthen the excellent bilateral ties and cooperation in a wide range of areas
 arrow Recruiting agents drive up migration costs
An unholy competition among overseas employment recruiting agencies is helping to drive up prices for migration, leaving workers destitute at home and vulnerable abroad to exploitation.
 arrow ACC remains divided over staffing
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has decided to send as many as three draft organograms to the government for a final decision after the three-men Commission remained divided over staffing even four
 arrow 7 Hindu devotees killed in stampede
Seven devotees were killed and more than a hundred others injured in a stampede during 'Mahabaruni Snan', a holy dip for the Hindu community, in Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj district yesterday.
 arrow Visit to take partnership to new height
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao's visit will take to a new height the China-Bangladesh partnership in all-round cooperation, particularly in the productive fields of trade, industries and investment,
 arrow JS set to miss out on CPA's Sydney meet
Bangladesh parliament will have no representation at the executive board meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Sydney on April 10 -15 because of the speaker's 'courtesy visit'
 arrow BNP faces BJP wrath
Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP), a component of the BNP-led ruling alliance, yesterday blasted the government and the BNP high-ups for harbouring extremist elements and establishing an alternative power
 arrow Govt to cut target by Tk 1,690cr
As the tax department lags far behind its revenue-earning target, the government plans to lower the target by Tk 1,690 crore to Tk 30,500 crore by revising the budget for the current fiscal year (FY).
 arrow Reform electoral system to make JS effective
Dominance of non-politician businessmen in the Jatiya Sangsad, the speaker's bias and corrupt politics have made the parliament 'a non-functional institution in the country', speakers at a roundtableobserved
 arrow Kashmir peace buses cross border today
Terrorists may have issued repeated threats to them but the desire to meet their separated loved ones is too strong to stop the people from taking the first bus to Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir
 arrow Court orders judicial probe into BSS report
A Dhaka court yesterday ordered a judicial probe into the validity of the news-item provided by the state-run news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) on Opposition Chief Sheikh Hasina's son Sajib
 arrow Govt plans to procure 9 lakh tonne rice
With a target to collect nine lakh tonnes of rice and one lakh tonnes of paddy during the current boro season, the government will start a procurement drive from the 25th of this month.
 arrow 'Ensure equal access to all facilities for the disabled'
The seventh National Disabled Day was observed throughout the country yesterday with a call to ensure access to the mainstream development for the disabled.
 arrow Teletalk SIM on sale at six times higher price
State-owned mobile phone company Teletalk's SIM (subscribers' identification module) card for celluar connection is now selling in the open market at a rate about six times higher than the company's offered
 arrow Rab arrests 5 for extortion on bus route
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested five youths extorting money on bus route No. 12 in the capital after taking footage of their activities for two days.
 arrow JS body chief blames all but one developer
The chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the land ministry yesterday said encroachers have grabbed over 5,000 acres of land in the areas around the capital.
 arrow Two DB men 'abducted' by outlaws
Two officials of the Detective Branch (DB) of police were abducted here allegedly by activists of the outlawed Purbo Bangla Sharbohara Party.
 arrow Bangladesh mourns Pope
Bangladesh yesterday observed mourning day to show respect to Pope John Paul II, who died early Sunday in holy Vatican City.
 arrow Kurd leader named Iraq president
Iraq's new parliament chose former Kurdish rebel fighter Jalal Talabani as the country's first freely elected president in history and Islamist Adel Abdel Mahdi and Sunni tribal magnate Sheikh Ghazi al-Yawar
 arrow Muktis' precious victory in AFC Cup
Country's sleepy football got a Muktijoddha boost yesterday when the Reds scored a 1-0 away victory over Nebetchi FC in their AFC Cup clash in Balkanabad, Turkmenistan.
 arrow No contest for BNP candidate as others quit race
Ruling BNP candidate for the Habiganj-3 by-polls Abu Lais Mohammad Mubin Chowdhury is set to win the election without any contest since all the other candidates have withdrawn their candidature.
 arrow Quaiyyum new IGP
The government yesterday appointed Additional Inspector General of Police Abdul Quaiyyum the new Inspector General of Police (IGP).
 arrow Sergeant, brother sent to jail
The traffic sergeant and his brother arrested on charges of attempting to abduct a businessman on the Supreme Court premises on Sunday were sent to the Dhaka Central Jail yesterday.
 arrow 90 Phuket Air passengers in trouble at Ctg
Ninety Dubai-bound passengers and their relatives suffered for some four hours yesterday in the Shah Amanat International Airport when an aircraft of Phuket Air departed without them.
 arrow Lone bidder for Haripur power plant
A Power Development Board (PDB) tender to overhaul the 17-year-old 100-megawatt (MW) Haripur power plant at a cost of Tk 110 crore closed yesterday with a single bid from Japanese company Marubeni.
Businessarrow Tax holiday likely to go
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) at a pre-budget meeting with top business leaders yesterday hinted at discontinuation of tax holiday from the next fiscal year.
 arrow Rehab-EC jt venture launched to promote low-cost housing
Euro Builders Project, a joint venture between Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab) and European Commission (EC), was officially launched yesterday with a view to promoting low-cost
 arrow Local exporters eye growth on US safeguard measures against China apparels
As United States launched safeguard measures against certain products especially apparels from China, exporters and economists here dubbed the steps as a positive sign for Bangladesh.
 arrow Lack of infrastructure hurts light engineering industry
Bangladesh's light engineering industry is failing to achieve expected growth, thanks to inadequate support from the government and lack of infrastructure, speakers at a seminar observed yesterday.
 arrow Trading retards SME growth
Popularity of trading business and the increasing number of traders in the country are hindering the growth of the SMEs (small and medium enterprises), speakers said at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow EU lays out conditions for safeguards on China textiles
EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson unveiled plans Wednesday to limit Chinese textile imports if the European Union's executive commission finds that they have reached "danger zones".
 arrow ADB sees Asian economies growing 6.5pc this year
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) expects Asia, again led by China, to grow 6.5 percent this year and 6.
 arrow Central bank ups export development fund to $100m
Bangladesh Bank has raised its contribution to the Export Development Fund (EDF) to US$ 100 million in a bid to cope with a rising need for financing the imports used as inputs of export products.
 arrow Tifa with US to cost Bangladesh dearly
Bangladesh will lose trade benefits it enjoys with the US under the ongoing multilateral trade agreement of WTO if it signs the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (Tifa) with the country, speakers
 arrow Shahjalal Islami Bank signs deals with People's Leasing
Shahjalal Islami Bank Ltd (SJIBL) signed two separate agreements with People's Leasing and Financial Services Ltd (PLFSL) on Monday in Dhaka.
 arrow Vanik, Apollo Hospitals sign deal
Vanik Bangladesh Limited and Apollo Hospitals Dhaka recently signed and agreement.
 arrow Saudi-Bangla jt venture co for HR training, skill development
A Saudi-Bangladesh joint venture company -- International Human Resources Development Company Ltd (IHRDC) -- has recently been launched in Dhaka.
 arrow India's economic growth unlikely to cross 7pc
India's economic growth in the next two years is unlikely to be more than 7 percent due to slippage in the last three years mainly because of agriculture sector.
 arrow Oil dips below $56 on forecast of US supply
Oil prices eased below $56 yesterday, retreating further from record peaks due to forecasts of swelling US crude oil supply and concerns over higher interest rates that could add strength to the dollar.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Batsmen make merry
Bowlers continued to toil for the second day running in round eight matches of the National Cricket League yesterday with Dhaka, Rajshahi and Sylhet putting up big first innings totals.
 arrow Cricket: Cricketers may get plots too
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said that remarkable and continuous successes in sports could help enhance Bangladesh's dignity and image abroad.
"Players can work as successful goodwill ambassadors.

 arrow Cricket: Dhoni's perfect riposte
When Mahen-dra Dhoni went out to bat aga-inst Pakistan in the second one-day international he knew he had everything to lose.
Having scored just 22 runs in four innings at an average of 7.

 arrow Cricket: Atapattu completes full century circle
Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu posted a century in the opening Test against New Zealand in Napier on Wednesday to become the fourth player to score hundreds against all nine Test opponents.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly looks to lady luck
Sourav Ganguly was on Wed-nesday counting on luck to help him emer-ge from a terrible loss of form with the bat that has threatened to cut short the career of India's most successful cricket captain.
 arrow Football: Let down by Juve fans
Italy's media praised Liverpool supporters for their tributes to the victims of the Heysel tragedy while criticising the behaviour of a section of Juventus fans at Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final
 arrow Football: BFF moves to its Bhaban April 10
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) is all set to move to the newly constructed BFF Bhaban on April 10.
 arrow Chess: Mixed day for local GMs
It was a contrasting second round for the country's two Grand Masters as Ziaur Rahman continued his winning run while Niaz Murshed lost his board in the seventh United Insurance Grand Masters chess tournament
 arrow Cricket: Australia to help build cricket academy
Australia will extend all-out support to establish a cricket academy in Bangladesh, said Australian High Commissioner to Dhaka Lorraine Barker yesterday.
 arrow Football: Half-time advantage Liverpool's
A sensational finish by Spanish midfielder Luis Garcia helped give Liverpool a 2-1 win over Juventus in their Champions League quarter-final, first leg tie at an emotionally-charged Anfield here Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Cocu gives PSV hope
Good finishing by veteran Phillip Cocu earned PSV Eindhoven a 1-1 draw at Lyon here on Tuesday and a vital away goal for the Dutch club in this Champions League quarter-final first leg.
 arrow Football: 'El Derby' thoughts
The time has come once again for the grandest match in all club football Real Madrid hosts FC Barcelona on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Thorpe's plea to mates
Graham Thorpe has told his England teammates not to be overawed by the reputations of the Australian players they are up against when the Ashes Test series starts here at Lord's in July.
 arrow Cricket: Warne named Wisden's best
Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has been named the leading cricketer in the world, succeeding his Australian captain Ricky Ponting who won Wisden's inaugural honour last year.
 arrow Football: Move over Becks!
England football star Rio Ferdinand has taken the title of Britain's best-dressed man from team-mate David Beckham in an influential annual magazine survey released on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sunday tragedy
An amateur footballer, involved in a Sunday league match only because his team were short of players, has died from head injuries he sustained in a brawl at the end of the game.
 arrow Cricket: Maple Leaf ride on Asif ton
Asif Ahmed made a century on the opening day of the Standard Chartered Under-13 Young Tigers National School Cricket Tournament at the Residential Model School ground yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly wants Chappell as coach?
Sourav Ganguly is in favour of Greg Chappell, the former Australian great, taking on the job of Indian coach following John Wright's imminent departure.
 arrow Basketball: Dhumketu champs
Dhumketu Club clinched the Independence Day basketball tournament crown with an exciting 69-52 victory over Bangladesh Navy in yesterday's final at the house-full Dhanmondi basketball gymnasium.
 arrow Football: Mourinho to become richer
Jose Mourinho has reportedly been offered a million pound pay rise, taking his annual salary to 5.2 million pounds, after steering Chelsea to the verge of their first English championship in 50 years.
 arrow Table Tennis: Mahbub, Saleha win TT titles
The top seeded players clinched the men's and women's singles titles in the First Amycus Independence Day invitational table tennis tournament at the Woodenfloor gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Squash: Partex squash
Shirish Chouhan moved into the semifinals of the C Division in the Partex Open squash tournament beating Mohammad Aziz 9-4, 9-6 yesterday at the Gulshan Club.
Metropolitanarrow 'Debate helps students become worthy citizens'
A four-day long 'The Daily Star 3rd Inter Hall English Debate Championship and 1st Inter University Public Speaking Competition-2005' began at the RC Majumder Arts auditorium of Dhaka University (DU)yesterday.
 arrow One murdered, father arrested
A young man, who was beaten allegedly by his father and younger brother at their Shyampur residence in the city on Monday night, succumbed to his injuries at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH)yesterday.
 arrow Formation of 'national taskforce' demanded
Eleven human rights organisations yesterday demanded the formation of a 'national taskforce' to prevent repression against children.
 arrow Child, maternal mortality rates are still high
The child and maternal mortality rates in Bangladesh are still high -- 62 under-five children in every one thousand die a year and three women in every one thousand die in childbirth during the same period.
 arrow Philippines adorns Hasina with Medal of Achievement
The Philippines House of Representatives adorned Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina with "Congressional Medal of Achievement" at a ceremony in Manila yesterday.
 arrow Uniform syllabus for English schools sought
The curriculum followed at the private English medium schools in most cases is irrelevant and contrary to the country's history, culture and values, speakers said at a discussion at the Cirdap auditorium
 arrow Explore Oil, Gas from Bay of Bengal
Water Resources Minister Hafiz Uddin Ahmad yesterday urged the country's energy experts to explore oil and gas from the Bay of Bengal using their own merits and local resources.
 arrow USTC Students Council office ransacked
Three students of University of Science and Technology, Chittagong (USTC) were injured when a faction of students along with 25 to 30 outsiders attacked and ransacked the office of Students Welfare Council
 arrow Case filed against NU VC
A sexual harassment case against the vice-chancellor (VC) of National University (NU) was filed with a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Khulna bigots warn govt against delay
The Khulna district unit of the International Khatme Nabuat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) has threatened the government with dire consequences if it further delays in declaring the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims.
 arrow Prosecution complete arguments
The prosecution lawyers in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case yesterday made submissions on law points in support of punishment to the accused.
 arrow FNB condoles Pope's death
The Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB) condoled the death of Pope John Paul 11 and signed the condolence book at the Vatican Embassy in Dhaka yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow Transport strike called off after talks with govt
Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation (BSPSF) yesterday called off their countrywide indefinite transport strike from today following a fruitful discussion with the state minister for labour and
 arrow Air chief gets extension
Chief of Air Staff Air Vice-Marshal Fakrul Azam's services have been extended for one year.
An ISPR release said the order would come into force on April 8.

 arrow 3 die in road accident
Three persons died in a road accident on Mohammadpur embankment in the capital yesterday.
The victims are Babul, 34, and his son Masud, 7, and a child Hridoy, 4.

 arrow BPC-BRTC tourist service
The Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) and the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will jointly introduce a tourist service in the country.
Nationalarrow Tk 56 lakh postal fraud in Nilphamari
An amount of about Tk 56 lakh has been misappropriated from savings accounts of the Postal Savings Bank in Nilphamari Head Post Office through forgery.
 arrow IU appoints more teachers, staff than advertised for
Allegations of irregularities have been made by different quarters regarding appointment of 40 people including 12 teachers at the Islamic University in Kushtia.
 arrow ‘Allow Woman UP leaders to play their vital role’
A day-long workshop on 'Active participation of elected woman members in local development' was held at Brahmanbaria Zila Parishad auditorium here yesterday.
 arrow Teesta bridge now risky
Rangpur: Teesta Railway Bridge is in a deplorable condition. The rail and road communication from Kurigram and Lalmonirhat to other parts of the country may be snapped any time.
 arrow Patuakhali WDB contractors' 11-pt demand
Contractors enlisted with Water Development Board (WDB) yesterday put forward a 11-point demand including removal of Executive Engineer Abdul Mazid Mollah for alleged irregularities in distributing WDB
 arrow 'Robber' lynched in Barisal
One alleged robber was lynched by a mob in Maha Mayaer Pole area in the city in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Manikganj Jubo Dal refutes allegations
Activists of Manikganj unit of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal yesterday brought out a procession in the town protesting the allegation of corruption brought against their president Motaleb Hossain and secretary
 arrow Sec 144 on AL's meeting venue in Rangpur
Awmi League's scheduled public meeting at Abhiram Karimia Senior Madrasa ground in the sadar Upazila was not held as the administration clamped Section 144 at the venue to avert "possible clash between
 arrow Satkhira AL council tomorrow
The council of Satkhira district Awami League (AL) will be held tomorrow after nine years.
Point-Counterpointarrow Hospital industry in Bangadesh
Providing medical care to citizens is the constitutional obligation of the government in many countries.
 arrow Utilising medicinal plant resources
Plants provide us not only with the three basic needs -- food, cloth and shelter but also supply many other requirements such as medicines, flavouring agents, etc.
 arrow Goldent moment
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Culturearrow "The focus of TV plays today is on glamour"-- Shanta
Theatre audiences in Bangladesh will find it difficult to forget the character of Zinat Mahal in the play Juddha Ebong Juddha, whose husband sacrifices his life during the Liberation War.
 arrow Siddiqua's show fetches a fan following
"Hunger is the best sauce," goes a saying. Any food buff will vouch for the truth of this statement.
 arrow Mona Lisa gets a new home
Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa between 1503 and 1506.
The Mona Lisa is due to move to her new home within Paris' Louvre art gallery on Wednesday -- four years after refurbishment work began.

 arrow Pre-launching press show

Generalarrow Patients suffer as OMC interns continue strike
Sufferings of the patients mounted as the interns of the Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College (OMC) continued their strike for the second day yesterday.
 arrow Two JCD cadres arrested for stabbing cop in Sylhet
Kotwali police yesterday arrested two JCD cadres on charges of stabbing a police officer and snatching four metal detectors from him in Mirermaidan area of Sylhet city.
 arrow Blood donation
A blood donation programme was held at the East West University in the city yesterday, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Massive security plan for pope's funeral
Rome was setting up a massive security plan to protect pilgrims and presidents at Pope John Paul's funeral as a flood of faithful queued for hours to see his body in St. Peter's Basilica on Wednesday.
 arrow Bush, Bush Sr. and Clinton to attend funeral
Former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton will accompany President Bush to Friday's funeral of Pope John Paul but former President Jimmy Carter will not join them amid conflicting signals over whether
 arrow Pope felt 'deep anguish' over Iraq war
Pope John Paul II felt "deep anguish" that he was unable to stop US President George W.
 arrow Conservatives claw away at Labour's dominance
The main opposition Conservatives tried to put their internal divisions behind them and chip away at the governing Labour Party with one month to go before general elections.
 arrow Nationwide raids against 'corrupt' Indian officials
CBI on Wednesday carried out a nationwide special drive against the Government officials of India allegedly indulging in corrupt practices.
 arrow Blair admits Iraq war eroded public trust in him
British Prime Minister Tony Blair admitted Wednesday that the war in Iraq has badly eroded public trust in him, tackling one of his most difficult obstacles ahead of a May 5 general election.
 arrow US to tighten border controls by 2008
Flashing your driver's license when returning from jaunts to Mexico, Canada or the Caribbean won't be enough in a few years after federal officials announced plans to tighten re-entry rules.
 arrow Monaco in mourning after Prince Rainier dies
Monaco's Prince Rainier III, Europe's longest reigning monarch, died at the age of 81 on Wednesday after a battle with lung, heart and kidney problems, the palace said.
 arrow Royal wedding invite to Mumbai 'dabbawallas'
When Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, weds Camilla Parker Bowles next Saturday, there will be two unusual guests from India at the marriage ceremony.
 arrow 16 killed in US copter crash in Afghanistan
A US military helicopter crashed during a dust storm in Afghanistan yesterday, killing at least 16 people aboard -- the deadliest military air accident since Washington first deployed troops to the country
Editorialarrow Editorial: Welcoming Chinese PM
The state visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to Bangladesh today is indeed, as the foreign secretary has stated, an important milestone for the country, and we would like to extend our heartiest
 arrow Editorial: Creeping back
The government banned polythene bags on January 1, 2002 as part of its plan to contain the threat that such material posed to the environment.
 arrow Of intelligence failure and trained apes
It is said that truth is the first casualty in war.
 arrow Bangladesh-India economic relations
India is the biggest trade partner of Bangladesh. surrounded by India on three sides. India's market interest in Bangladesh is magnified with geo-political interest.
Letters to Editorarrow Watch before you eat!
Imagine you are a VIP attending a high profile seminar. After the discussion session you are served with the much-awaited delicious food with bottled mineral water.
 arrow Fish cultivation
Our country is blessed with a coastal belt, dozens of big flowing rivers and thousands of large tanks and small ponds across the country.
 arrow SSC Bangla exam
We, as parents have been utterly dismayed to see how hard and weird the current SSC Bangla 2nd paper questions have been, specially the MCQ (objective) section, for no understandable reason! These question
 arrow UNDP office
The dismal performance in ICT sector is not only limited to the government but this disease has also severely affected international development partners.
 arrow Deaths of children
Your editorial on how children die in our country has brought into focus a very important issue. Deaths of children take place at an alarming rate in this country.
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