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Front Pagearrow Dhaka, Beijing to work for mutual benefits, closer ties
Beijing and Dhaka yesterday agreed to work together for development of their countries and benefit of their peoples and to further boost the bilateral relations in all fields.
 arrow Advisory body suggests hiring fresh staff for ACC
The advisory committee for screening of the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) staff has recommended recruitment of fresh manpower for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), not absorbing any from the now-defunct
 arrow Khaleda for narrowing trade gap, Jiabao praises Dhaka's achievements
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday stressed narrowing the trade gap with China, reducing tariff rates and encouraging large-scale investment and joint ventures in various sectors between the two countries.
 arrow Hasina insists on caretaker reforms
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the opposition parties will force the BNP-led ruling alliance to bring necessary reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission.
 arrow CHT land body sits idle for six years
A parliamentary body yesterday blamed the land and establishment ministries for making the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) land commission dysfunctional ignoring the prime minister's directive to make it
 arrow 42 Bangla Bhai men released from jail
A total of 42 cadres of the banned Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB) were released from Rajshahi central jail yesterday evening after receiving bail.
 arrow 9 accords penned
Bangladesh and China yesterday signed nine accords to boost relations between the two Asian countries through closer economic and bilateral cooperation.
 arrow Drama over IGP appointment
The government in a dramatic reversal yesterday appointed Additional Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Hadis Uddin as new IGP, going back on an earlier decision to appoint Special Branch chief AbdulQuaiyyum
 arrow Illegal structures on Kalyanpur canal knocked down
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa) yesterday removed illegal structures at several points on the two branches of Kalyanpur canal in Mirpur Mazar -Tolarbagh area and Lalkuthi-Harirampur area
 arrow 3 get life, prime accused 5 yrs
A Chittagong court yesterday handed down life term to three and five-year imprisonment to two, including the prime accused, for murdering former KEPZ managing director Commodore (retd) Ghulam Rabbani.
 arrow Mob besieges police station over release of criminal
Residents of city's Khilgaon area laid siege to the Police Station to protest a criminal's release negotiated allegedly by a local commissioner on April 3.
 arrow Jiabao talks with BNP leaders Hasina meets him today
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and the Communist Party of China (CPC) yesterday agreed to strengthen the relations between the two parties and give the ties an institutional shape.
 arrow Asma still hopeful about trial
People from all walks of life took to streets in the capital yesterday to demand punishment of the mastermind behind the killing of former finance minister and Awami League lawmaker Shah AMS Kibria.
 arrow River-linking won't affect neighbours
India yesterday told Bangladesh that its river linking project would focus on connecting peninsular rivers and it would not do anything which could have implications on its neighbouring countries.
 arrow JS body puzzled at varying energy stats
Confused by inconsistent statistics on power and gas generation, consumption and needs, a parliamentary body yesterday asked the power and energy ministry to form a technical audit committee to paintthe
 arrow Stop Rab 'crossfire' to protect people's rights
The exercise of excessive power and "crossfire" by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) should be stopped immediately, noted lawyers told a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow Bid to parcel a man in trunk
A man came out of a parcel container, a steel trunk, three hours after the sender handed it over to a courier service at Zindabazar in Sylhet Wednesday night.
 arrow Rivals woo voters with promises
The ruling BNP-backed mayoral candidate Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin will announce a 'comprehensive plan' for the development of the port city after submitting his nomination papers for the May 9 Chittagong
 arrow 'Caravan of peace' makes historic trip
Some crying with joy, 31 Pakistani Kashmiris crossed the "Peace Bridge" into Indian Kashmir yesterday, marking the first bus service linking the divided Himalayan region since it was split by war almost
 arrow Bangladeshi girl held in New York
Two 16-year-old girls from New York City, including one Bangladeshi, were arrested last month and charged with immigration violations after the FBI asserted that they intended to become suicide bombers.
 arrow Rome ready for Pope's funeral today
Presidents, royalty and millions of pilgrims massed in Rome yesterday for the funeral of Pope John Paul in the biggest gathering of the powerful and the humble in modern times.
 arrow 95 hurt in Gaibandha nor'wester
At least 95 people were injured as nor'wester lashed 17 villages in three upazilas of the district early yesterday.
 arrow 3 cops closed in Lalmonirhat
Three cops of a Lalmonirhat town outpost were closed to the police line yesterday on charges of attempts to misappropriate seized goods.
 arrow BNP candidate Mobin elected unopposed
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday unofficially declared Abu Lais Mohammad Mobin Chowdhury, the ruling coalition candidate for the Habiganj-3 by-polls, elected unopposed.
 arrow Defence terms charges false
The defence lawyers in the murder case of Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master began their arguments yesterday.
 arrow No trace of 2 abducted DB men yet
Four days into their abduction, the fate of the two Detective Branch (DB) men is still unknown and they have not yet been rescued.
 arrow 2 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
A regional leader of the outlawed Sarbahara party and his bodyguard were killed in a "crossfire" between police and the members of the extremist outfit in Sreepur upazila of Magura district early yesterday.
Businessarrow Non-tariff barriers put lid on export potential
The country has failed to tap its full export potential, thanks to non-tariff barriers imposed by different countries, exporters said.
 arrow WorldTel to launch land phones in Dhaka by Nov
WorldTel Bangladesh yesterday finalised a hardware procurement deal with a Chinese company as the telecoms operator plans to launch land phone operations in Dhaka city by November this year.
 arrow India may sign Energy Charter Treaty
In a significant move that may have implications for the proposed Myanmar-Bangladesh-India natural gas pipeline, New Delhi is considering signing the Energy Charter Treaty.
 arrow WB sees slower growth for developing Asia in 2005-06
Economic growth in developing Asia is expected to slow down through 2006 after the fastest expansion in a decade in 2004, the World Bank said Wednesday with a warning that tightening global conditions
 arrow Sharp oil price rises threaten global growth
Further sharp increases in oil prices could present a serious threat to global growth, the head of the International Monetary Fund said Wednesday, two days after crude prices soared to a record $58.
 arrow Square Textiles Okays 30pc cash dividend, bonus share
Square Textiles Ltd has declared 30 percent cash dividend and bonus share at the rate of one share for every ten share for its shareholders for the year that ended December 31, 2004.
 arrow SEDF, Bdjob ssign SME market development deal
Multi-donor funded SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) and Bdjobs.
 arrow Qatar Airways interested to widen operation to Ctg, Sylhet
Qatar Airways is interested to expand its operations to Chittagong and Sylhet in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Apollo Hospitals, StanChart sign deal on credit cards
Apollo Hospitals Dhaka signed a merchant agreement with Standard Chartered Bank on acceptance of credit cards of Visa and MasterCard brands as a mode of payment for medical services at the hospital.
 arrow US clothing industry demands new quotas on Chinese exports
The US garment industry Wednesday demanded government action to curb 14 types of apparel exported from China as tensions over surging Chinese textile shipments escalated.
 arrow Singapore, Bahrain sign open-skies agreement
Singapore and Bahrain signed an open skies agreement on Thursday that removed all bilateral restrictions on passenger and cargo flights for their national airlines.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Dhaka corner Barisal
Dhaka not only consolidated their position at the top of the National Cricket League table but also opened up the prospect of collecting full six points by enforcing Barisal to follow-on yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 1st Test heads for draw
Unorthodox Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga struck twice to add a late dash of spice to the first cricket Test against New Zealand as it appeared destined to end in a draw at the end of the fourthday
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam reprimanded for throwing bat
The Interna-tional Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday reprimanded Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq for throwing his bat in anger after being run out in a one-day international against India.

 arrow Chess: Fominyh, Mokal top the table
Russian Grand Master Alexander Fominyh and International Master Prathamesh Sunil Mokal of India maintained their winning run in Seventh United Insurance and Leasing Grand Master's Chess Tournament toshare
 arrow Cricket: Both WI, SA hunt win
West Indies, buoyed by their performance in the first Test and the return of four key players, will be looking to go the full distance and win the second Test against South Africa that starts on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: 3 changes on Pak team for 3rd ODI
Pakistan will make three changes for the third one-day international against India to be played at Jamshedpur on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: McInnes quits
Bangladesh Cricket Board's (BCB) High Performance manager and under-19 coach Richard McInnes will part company with the board after next month.
 arrow Football: BFF's milad tomorrow
Bangladesh Football Federation will organise a milad mahfil at the newly built BFF Bhaban tomorrow.

The BFF has requested club officials, players, fans and journalists to attend the programme at4.15pm.

 arrow Handball: Pepsi handball finals from today
The final round of the Pepsi 17th National Handball (men's) Championship begins today at the handball ground.
 arrow Cricket: Khulna cricket
Young Muslim Club defeated Town Club by six wickets in the opening match of the AB Bank Siraj Smrity 10th DSA Cup cricket tournament here yesterday.
 arrow Football: Comfortable lead for Milan
AC Milan moved a huge step closer to the last four of the Champions League, defeating city rivals Inter Milan 2-0 in the home leg of their all-Italian quarter-final here Wednes-day.
 arrow Football: Blues baffle Bayern
Chelsea showed they can perform even without their talismanic manager Jose Mourinho as Bayern Munich were defeated 4-2 in the Champions League quarter-final first leg at Stamford Bridge here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: 'We will kill them, just like they killed us'
Turin police force will have a major security operation in place for next Wednesday's emotionally-charged Champions League match between Juventus and Liverpool.
 arrow Football: Was there something fishy going on?
Chelsea refused to dismiss rumours their manager Jose Mourinho cheated his touchline ban by contacting his assistants during their Champions League win over Bayern Munich.
 arrow Football: Robinho's day
Santos forward Robinho scored two goals and gave a virtuoso performance as the Brazilian champions revived their Libertadores Cup hopes with a 3-1 win over Ecuador's LDU on Wednesday.
 arrow Prize-giving ceremony
The prize distribution ceremony of Keya-Bangladesher Khela Sportsman-of-the-Year 2004, organised by sports website Bangladesher Khela, will be held on April 11.
Metropolitanarrow 5.3 lakh women die in pregnancy and childbirth a year
The World Health Day was observed in the country yesterday as elsewhere around the globe.
 arrow Father cries for justice
A father, whose son was killed in Savar, yesterday sought the government's intervention to bring the killers of his son to justice.
 arrow 'UK to help develop infrastructure'
British High Commissioner Anwar Choudhury yesterday said his government would consider assisting Bangladesh in developing infrastructure and strengthening cooperation in the education and health sectors.
 arrow Case against NU VC rejected
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the sexual harassment case filed against the vice-chancellor (VC) of National University (NU) due to a lack of witnesses.
 arrow 8 teams reach semi-final round
The qualifying round of 'The Daily Star 3rd Inter Hall English Debate Championship-2005' was held at the Dhaka University Debating Society (DUDS) office and at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) yesterday.
 arrow Trial of culprits demanded
The Workers Party of Bangladesh yesterday demanded immediate arrest and trial of the persons responsible for the death of Shyamal Sarker, general secretary of the party's Chuadanga unit.
 arrow BJP demands exclusion of Jamaat from govt
Jamaat-e Islami Bangladesh (JIB) should be excluded from the government and the ruling four-party alliance as religious fanatic groups are spreading out under the shelter of the Jamaat, Naziur RahmanManzur,
 arrow DCC cleanliness drive from April 10
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) will begin a fortnight-long special cleanliness drive on April 10 with a slogan 'Every inch of the each road of the city will be kept clean.
 arrow Jamaat blamed for all grenade, bomb attacks
Zaker Party chairman Peerjada Alhaj Mostafa Ameer Faisal Mujaddedy yesterday accused Jamaat-e-Islami of its involvement with all the grenade and bomb blast incidents.
 arrow BTTB employees stage protests
Employees of the Bangladesh Telegraph and Telephone Board (BTTB) staged demonstrations at different installations of the state-run fixed phone operator in the city yesterday in protest against the move
 arrow Tk 1.40 lakh for autistic children
The Brac Concord and the HSBC jointly donated Tk 1.40 lakh to the Society for the Welfare of Autistic Children (SWAC), a voluntary organisation.
Culturearrow Songs from the soul
Folksongs are the true tune of a nation's heart and soul. Folksongs are our identity. The folk artistes are an inextricable part of the cultural scenario of Bengal.
 arrow American Idol--Season 4 heats up
With just seven more weeks to go, American Idol's 4th season is heating up. As the nine finalists duke it out to win the audiences' hearts, America is getting ready to hail its new idol.
Generalarrow 5 killed in Bogra road accidents
Five people were killed and five others injured critically in two separate road accidents in Bogra yesterday.
 arrow 'My husband is a victim of conspiracy'
Wife of AKM Abdul Quiyyum, the prime accused in Shah AMS Kibria killing case, yesterday said that her husband is 'a victim of conspiracy by some vested interest groups'.
 arrow Charity fashion show to raise funds
Zonta Club IV (Bangladesh), a Chicago-based international organisation, held an annual charity fashion show and fund raising lunch at Hotel Purbani in the city recently, says a press release.
 arrow Sonali Bank official stabbed to death in Magura
A Sonali Bank official was stabbed to death by the unidentified miscreants at village Alaipur of sadar upazila in Magura yesterday.
 arrow 'Pure drinking water a must for sound health'
State Minister for Water Resources Advocate Gautam Chakraborty yesterday underscored the importance of pure drinking water for sound health.
 arrow NSU 3rd national job fair tomorrow
The Department of Career Services (DCS) of the North South University (NSU) will organise the 3rd National Job Fair at the Osmani Memorial Hall in the city tomorrow.
 arrow BRTC holiday service from today
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will operate holiday service in the city from today with its Volvo Double-decker buses.
 arrow Indonesian envoy calls on Saifur
The Indonesian ambassador to Bangladesh Warmas Hasan Saputra called on Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman at his Planning Ministry office yesterday.
 arrow HSBC helps GLP School
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Limited in Bangladesh handed over a cheque for Tk 100,000 to Gulshan Literacy Programme (GLP) School at a simple ceremony on April 5 on the schoolpremises,
 arrow Management Net reunion
Management Net, an organisation of the ex-students of department of management, Dhaka University, will hold a daylong reunion at the Business Studies Bhaban of the university on April 29, says a press
Editorialarrow Editorial: ADB's good counsel
The Asian Development Bank's analytical publication titled Outlook, 2005 has made some forward-looking observations on our economy, meriting not just attention but also positive response.
 arrow Editorial: Death of devotees
We are saddened by the tragic death of seven devotees of the Hindu community in a stampede during a holy dip in a local pond at Gopalganj on Wednesday.
 arrow The big picture
The conventional wisdom with respect to religious fundamentalism in Bangladesh generally falls into one of two categories.
 arrow Why does the US look like us?
Two things happened on Thursday, March 31, which were more than a coincidence.
 arrow Bangabandhu and Bangladesh are inseparable
Before delving into the topic special thanks for the bold and timely editorial in DS, dt 27-03-05 titled 'March 26 without Bangabandhu', calling a spade a spade.
Letters to Editorarrow My Bangladesh
The goal was never reached. The freedom fighters sacrificed themselves in 1971 for liberty and political and economic rights of the people.
 arrow Obsession with the West
This is in response to the letter by Naeem Mohaiemen (Obsession with tradition, 30th March).
 arrow Law against adulteration
While it's commendable that the government is passing laws against smoking, reckless driving, etc.
 arrow Death of the Pope
The Pope just died, dignified, lucid and serene till the end. There are a billion Catholics in the world, roughly same as Muslims.

Former US Vice President WALTER F.

 arrow Conspiracy against Islam?
I take exception to the letter of Mr. Muhammed S Jamal published in The Daily Star on April 2.Mr.
 arrow A political trump card?
Quite a long time has elapsed since the PM's crackdown on the religious extremists in the wake of extreme criticisms by the donors.
 arrow The hawker
He has to hand out newspapers come what may. Without it " the storm in the teacup" tends to evaporate.
 arrow Dr. Kabiya's message
The World Council of Churches (WCC) is the apex organisation of the Protestant and Orthodox Churches. Its corporate office is in Geneva. They preach ecumenism to the Churches and justice to mankind.
 arrow Rab: happy anniversary
Congratulations Rab, for a successful year of operation . We are now living in a much safer society.
 arrow Salvage Bangladesh
We are all aware of the fact that for the last decade or so chaos and confusion in the political arena of Bangladesh has divided the nation.
 arrow "Speaking against Jamaat"
It was hard to believe and I was at a loss whether to cry out hysterically or emit a loud laugh seeing a news item [DS, April 4].
 arrow A little criticism
I am a Bangladeshi student currently attending college in the US. A true nationalist at heart, I follow Bangladesh's national news everyday.
 arrow Our legacy
Last week we celebrated our Independence Day. For the last 34 years we have talked about and commemorated the lives that were lost during that time.
Environmentarrow Dhanmondi Lake: Environmental restoration is imperative
Constructed in the sixties, Dhanmondi Lake became part of Dhaka's history. Lakes and open spaces are a vital part of a modern healthy city.
Urbanarrow First lessons for the second city
The significance, importance and consequence of a public transportation system run by a city authority in conjunction with a corresponding national or regional service or single-handedly for carryingpassengers
 arrow Urban mass transportation for Chittagong - I
Chittagong having the gifts of nature was once called 'the Queen of the Orient'.
Worldarrow World leaders create security headache for pope's funeral
World leaders began arriving yesterday for the funeral of Pope John Paul II, creating a security nightmare in a city already overwhelmed by millions of pilgrims and a diplomatic headache for the Vatican.
 arrow Iraqi govt taking shape
Veteran Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani was sworn in as Iraq's president yesterday, becoming the first non-Arab president of an Arab country and Iraq's first democratically elected president in more than
 arrow Rights body harming UN, says Annan
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said the conduct of the United Nations' human rights body was undermining the credibility of the entire UN organisation and urged governments yesterday to support his plan
 arrow Syria begins final pullout from Lebanon
Syria began yesterday the final phase of a troop pullout ending 29 years of military presence in Lebanon where consultations for a new cabinet to oversee much-awaited legislative elections gathered momentum.
 arrow Iranian school hostage drama ends as gunman surrenders
A gunmen took teachers and young children hostage in a school in Tehran on Thursday has given himself up and his captives have been freed, an AFP journalist at the scene said.
 arrow Senate votes to trim US costs for UN peace force
The US Senate on Wednesday voted to reduce Washington's share of spending for United Nations peacekeeping operations from 27.1 percent to 25 percent.
 arrow US expert meets senior North Korean officials
A US expert on North Korea visited Pyongyang for talks with senior North Korean officials, state media said yesterday.
 arrow Top al-Qaeda suspects killed in Saudi clashes
Suspected top al-Qaeda operatives Saud al-Otaibi, a Saudi national, and Moroccan Abdel Karim al-Mejati were among 15 people killed in fierce fighting this week in Saudi Arabia, an interior ministry spokesman
 arrow Australia vows no change to asylum policy
Australia's conservative government yesterday rejected accusations that its policy on asylum-seekers was too harsh, telling the United Nations there was no need to change its process of reviewing of cases.
 arrow South Asia: Indo-Pak bus drivers honoured to be part of history
The Indian and Pakistani drivers of the first buses to link divided Kashmir in nearly 60 years yesterday said they were honoured to be taking part in the historic service.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali parties to protest king's power grab
Five Nepalese political parties plan to hold a protest against King Gyanendra's power grab today to coincide with the 1990 establishment of parliamentary democracy in the Himalayan country, party sources
 arrow South Asia: Hiccups hold up tsunami aid deal with Tigers
Sri Lanka's warring parties have yet to agree on how to disburse millions of dollars in foreign aid for tsunami survivors more than three months after the disaster, a senior minister admitted yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Beijing would never seek to dominate Asia, says Wen
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said Wednesday that Beijing would never seek to dominate Asia or pose a threat to other countries.
 arrow South Asia: Nepali king to attend Asia-Africa summit in Indonesia
Nepal King Gyanendra will travel to Jakarta on April 20 for the Asian-African Summit in his first foreign trip since he grabbed power two months ago, state-run radio announced yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Girl married to dog to ward off tigers
A girl in eastern India has been married to a dog in a bid to ward off tigers, a report said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Pakistani slays 6 including wife and in-laws
A man shot dead six people including his wife, her parents and three other family members over a family dispute in eastern Pakistan, an official said yesterday.
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