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Front Pagearrow Salaries under new pay scale from next month
The government will start implementing the new pay scale for public servants from next month.
 arrow Millions bid final farewell to pope
Presidents, prime ministers and kings joined pilgrims and prelates in St.
 arrow Beijing for subsidised import, tariff cut
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday said his government would give subsidy to their business people to increase the import of Bangladeshi goods under a package of measures.
 arrow Rajuk defrauded of crores of taka
Officials at Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha suspect crores of taka might have been embezzled over the last decade from the 47 accounts the city planners hold with three nationalised commercial banks.
 arrow Three new Sangu wells to add to gas supply
Drilling of three new wells -- Nos.7, 8 and 9 -- on Sangu Alpha Platform has ended that will raise gas production by 105 million cubic feet per day (mmcfd) at the country's lone offshore gas field in the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Hasina urges Jiabao to help establish Asian Parliamentary assembly
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao to help establish an Asian parliamentary assembly to be modelled on the European Parliament for welfare of the Asian people.
 arrow I just want my daughter, cries a Bangladeshi mother in NY
"I don't want to live here anymore," the mother said. "I always thought that this country (USA) is better for my children, but now..." she broke off and began sobbing. "She's just 16," she cried.
 arrow China to help solve water problems
China has offered cooperation in solving water problems and in management of different rivers in Bangladesh, including Brahmaputra.
 arrow Dhaka, Beijing to exchange information on terrorism
Bangladesh and China have reaffirmed their commitment to fight terrorism and transnational crimes.
 arrow Cops rescue 6 kids, nab 3 abductors
Police in three separate operations on Wednesday and Thursday rescued six abducted children and arrested three alleged kidnappers.
 arrow 'Dhaka to make peaceful use of nuclear energy'
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan yesterday said Bangladesh will go for peaceful use of nuclear energy in power generation, medicine and other development purposes under an agreement just signed with China.
 arrow Huawei strikes $200m supply deal with Aktel
Huawei Technologies, a leading telecoms equipment manufacturer of China, yesterday inked a $200 million equipment supply deal with Telecom Malaysia International Bangladesh (TMIB), the country's second
 arrow Professionals join campaign today
Election campaigning for the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls is set to reach a fever pitch as professional bodies join in rallying support for the mayoral candidates.
 arrow Token hunger strike for probe into bomb blasts
Sylhet Division Awami Parishad (SDAP) yesterday staged a token hunger strike in the capital demanding neutral probe into all bomb blasts and trial of the perpetrators .
 arrow Draft of AL reform proposal submitted to party chief
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday received a draft of her party's proposal for reforms in the caretaker government and election systems.
 arrow Arms recovered from madrasa compound
Police recovered arms and ammunition from the compound of Islamia Forkania Madrasa near Bastuhara Mosque in the town early yesterday.
 arrow Charles, Camilla finally tie the knot today
On the day they were to have married, Britain's Prince Charles was away yesterday for the pope's funeral and his fiancee was to be fitted for the dress she will wear when the couple finally wed today.
 arrow 7 engineers, one staff suspended
Seven engineers and an employee of Public Works Department (PWD) were suspended following electricity cut off and fault in air cooler system in the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Hall during a
 arrow Jamshedpur ODI today
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan is set to return for the third one-day international against India in this eastern city on Saturday.
 arrow Nepali forces repel Maoist attack on base: 50 killed
Nepalese soldiers repelled a major rebel assault on one of their bases in the country's mountainous northwest, killing at least 50 communist guerrillas during a battle that lasted more than 12 hours,the
 arrow Cops raid house of Hasanat Abdullah
Plainclothes policemen raided the house of Awami League (AL) leader and former chief whip Abul Hasanat Abdullah in the city's Dhanmondi area yesterday, family sources said.
 arrow 2 Jamaat activists killed in Dinajpur road accident
A bus carrying Jamaat activists plunged into a roadside ditch at Laxmipur in Fulbari upazila on the Dinajpur-Gobindaganj highway last night, leaving two people dead and 25 injured.
 arrow Jiabao invites Khaleda to visit China
Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has invited Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to visit China this year.
 arrow Chinese PM opens talks with Chandrika
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao met for talks last evening with Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga shortly after arriving in the island on a visit marking the third leg of his South Asian tour.
 arrow 11-party leaders for reforms in caretaker govt, EC
Left leaning 11-party leaders yesterday demanded bringing meaningful reforms in the caretaker government and Election Commission (EC) on the basis of national consensus for holding a free and fair election.
 arrow CCC's garbage treatment plant opens today
The garbage treatment plant installed by Chittagong City Corporation (CCC), producing fuel from garbage, first of its kind in the country, opens for formal operation today.
Businessarrow Create environment for more Chinese investment here
Big Chinese companies are interested to invest in Bangladesh and help narrow the existing trade gap, visiting Chinese business leaders said yesterday.
 arrow Govt to encourage more backward linkage
Minister for Jute and Textile Shajahan Siraj said Thursday the government would encourage establishment of more composite textile industries in the country to make Bangladesh self-sufficient in textiles.
 arrow Northern farmers see good potato harvest on new seed
Potato farmers in northern districts have seen good harvest this year as they used high-yielding tissue cultured seed.
 arrow India unveils new trade policy to boost exports
India yesterday unveiled a new foreign trade policy comprising of a series of measures to boost its exports to $92 billion in financial year 2005-06.
 arrow Bangladesh investment plans 'still intact’
Tata Group's plans to invest in steel and fertilizer plants in Bangladesh are "still intact" and are likely to be discussed next week, the company's chairman said yesterday.
 arrow Reckitt Benckiser declares 35pc dividend
Reckitt Benckiser (Bangladesh) Ltd has declared a 35 percent dividend for its shareholders.
 arrow Nestle, Concord Entertainment sign deal
Nestle Bangladesh Ltd, a multinational company, will supply its brand items exclusively to the Concord Amusement World-Foy's Lake, a theme park of Concord Group in Chittagong.
 arrow Jamuna Bank launches online banking
Jamuna Bank Limited (JBL) has launched online banking operations to provide better and quick services to the clients.
 arrow China slams US, EU moves on textile imports
China Thursday reacted furiously to new measures taken by the European Union and the United States against imports of Chinese textiles, calling the move a potential blow to the global clothing trade.
 arrow ONE Bank chairman re-elected
Sayeed H Chowdhury has been re-elected chairman of ONE Bank Ltd for a further one-year term with effect from March 31, 2005. He has also been re-elected chairman of the bank's Executive Committee.
 arrow Emirates SkyCargo starts Seoul services from May 1
Emirates SkyCargo, the cargo division of Emirates airlines, is all set to start services to the South Korean capital Seoul from May 1.
Emirates will offer non-stop belly-hold services on this route.

 arrow Asean goes slow on economic integration
Southeast Asia's dream of economic integration to compete against fast-growing rivals China and India is proving to be a slow, difficult process.
 arrow Oil slips under $54
World oil prices fell below 54 dollars a barrel on Friday on easing supply concerns after having soared to record high points earlier in the week.
 arrow US cites progress on free trade talks in Thailand
The United States and Thailand wrapped up their third round of free trade talks Friday with the US confident a bilateral pact would boost the kingdom's GDP and help alleviate poverty.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
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US dollar was mostly steady against Bangladeshi taka in the week.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Praying for inspiration
Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan said on Friday his team will bounce back in the current one-day series against India as they had done in the preceding Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka on title course
Defending champions Dhaka opened up an almost decisive ten-point lead at the top of the National Cricket League when they inflicted an innings and 83-run defeat on Barisal in their eighth round matchyesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Fleming denies SL
A courageous knock by injured skipper Stephen Fleming countered the feisty bowling of the unorthodox Lasith Malinga to steer New Zealand to safety and a drawn first cricket Test against Sri Lanka here
 arrow Cricket: Dav pays no heed to speculation
Coach Dav Whatmore looked relaxed yesterday during the training session with the Tigers at the Army Stadium although an international media report about his contract created confusion among the Bangladesh
 arrow Cricket: No black trousers please!
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming has asked umpires to remove their black trousers so batsmen can better sight the ball from Sri Lanka's fiesty slinger Lasith Malinga when the second cricket Test starts
 arrow Chess: Fominyh alone atop
Russian Grand Master Alexander Fominyh took solo lead in the seventh United Insurance and United Leasing Grand Master's Chess Tournament after the fifth round games at the NSC conference room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Asif toys with Happy Times
A back-to-back century by Asif Ahmed guided Maple Leaf International to score another massive victory when they thumped Happy Times International by 234 runs in the Standard Chartered Under-13 Young Tigers
 arrow Football: A mighty derby
League leaders Barcelona may have a nine point advantage over bitter rivals Real Madrid in the race for the Spanish title but their derby duel on Sunday will be as fiercely fought as ever.
 arrow Football: Shearer brings smiles
Former England skipper Alan Shearer scored the only goal as English crisis club Newcastle beat Portugal's Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Cup quarter-final clash on Thursday.
 arrow Football: A terrifying prospect
The Italian word 'vendetta' needs no translating into English and nor is there any need to explain to English football supporters why it is being used in the context of Wednesday's Champions League game
 arrow Football: Did Rijkaard speak to Frisk?
The row over whether Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard spoke to referee Anders Frisk took a new twist Thursday after a report said the Dutch great had made several efforts to speak to the official.
 arrow Football: Easy outings on card
Juventus and AC Milan resume their duel for the Italian championship this weekend after a three-week break.
 arrow Football: All eyes on the bottom
Chelsea may have virtually wrapped up the English Premiership title with a massive 13 point lead but down at the bottom there is a desperate battle for survival taking place.
 arrow Jewel, Samedul go in action today
Bangladesh swimmers Jewel Ahmed and Karar Samedul Islam dive in the swimming pool in Jeddah today with the hope to fly the green and red flag in the First Islamic Solidarity Games, according to a press
 arrow Football: BFF honours 10 booters, 5 organisers
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) will honour ten footballers and five organisers tomorrow for their extraordinary services to the nation on the occasion of the inauguration of the BFF Bhaban.
 arrow Football: Tribal soccer
The Mymensingh regional team recorded a 3-2 victory over Sylhet in the inaugural match of the first-ever Adibashi (tribal) Football Tournament at the local stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Squash: Partex squash
Towheed Feroze clinched the B division title in the Partex Open squash tournament defeating his younger brother Shahryar Feroze Misha 3-0 in the final at the Gulshan Club yesterday.
 arrow Handball: Pepsi h'ball on
The final round of the Pepsi 17th National Men's Handball Championship began yesterday with Chittagong and three services teams winning their respective opening day matches at the outer stadium handball
 arrow Cricket: WI 71-2
West Indies were 71-2 at lunch in the second Test against South Africa in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad yesterday.
Former captain Brian Lara was closing in on his 47th half-century.

 arrow Football: Fed Cup draw Abahani, MSC in same group
Traditional football powerhouses Abahani and Mohammedan were drawn in the same group in the Federation Cup finals while the two strongest teams of the season, holders Muktijoddha Sangsad and BrothersUnion,
Metropolitanarrow Politicisation erodes quality of higher education
Over 1,000 teachers and 5,000 officers and employees were appointed on political consideration in different public universities in the last three years of BNP-Jamaat alliance government, eroding the quality
 arrow Enact laws to check noise pollution
Environmentalists yesterday formed a human chain demanding that the government take effective measures to enact new laws to check noise pollution created by unnecessary use of powerful vehicular horns.
 arrow 'Govt spends Tk 1,400cr for development of Ctg port'
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah-Al Noman said the government is spending Tk 1,400 crore for development of Chittagong port to increase its capacity and efficiency as it is the 'heart of thecountry's
 arrow Two killed in road accidents
Two unidentified men were killed in separate road accidents in the capital in a span of 10 hours since Thursday night while two men were beaten and injured over previous enmity.
 arrow Four teams reach final
The final round of 'The Daily Star 3rd Inter Hall English Debate Championship-2005' and '1st Inter University Public Speaking Competition-2005' will be held at the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) auditorium
 arrow Scientists warn against destruction of mangrove forests
International scientists have warned that destruction of mangrove forests would worsen the suffering of the world's poorest people in the coastal areas, slashing their resilient power in the face of cyclones,
 arrow Chinese PM places wreath at National Memorial
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao placed wreaths at the National Memorial at Savar and the mazar of late president Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar yesterday.
 arrow Jamaat will be responsible if alliance breaks
Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) Chairman Fazlul Haque Amini has strongly criticised the Jamaat-e-Islami and said, "Jamaat will be responsible if four-party alliance breaks.
 arrow Work on installing submarine cable begins
Work on installing the much-talked-about submarine cable has begun after the cable-carrier foreign ship Swissco-12 was brought to Cox's Bazar amidst tight security on Tuesday night.
 arrow Police-villagers clash leaves 47 injured
A clash between police and villagers at Hatkanda in Rayganj upazila yesterday left at least 47 people, including three policemen, injured.
 arrow Mammography machine donated to AMCH Cancer Detection Centre
Barrister Rafique-ul Huq has donated a most modern mammography machine to the Cancer Detection Centre of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH) in memory of his father late Dr Momin-ul Huq, says a press
 arrow Diploma Nurses Association executives
Tapashi Bhattacharya and Sabina Yasmin have been elected president and general secretary of the Bangladesh Diploma Nurses Association.
Nationalarrow Erosion threatens Shahbajpur Gas Field
The Shahbajpur Gas Field Project and its Tk 300 crore equipment in Bhola is threatened by Meghna erosion.
 arrow Over Tk 2 cr defalcation detected so far
Worried depositors on Thursday crowded postal savings banks in Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Rangpur and Lmonirhat to know about their accounts as news of defalcation of funds were published in newspapers.
 arrow No polls without caretaker reform
Reforms in the caretaker system and Election Commission will be the main agenda of opposition parties' in the anti-government agitation, Awami League (AL) Organising Secretary Abdul Mannan said yesterday.
 arrow IU appointments stayed, court notice on VC
A court in Kushtia on Thursday issued a temporary stay order on appointment of 40 people in Islamic University (IU) for not preserving the freedom fighter's quota and issued a show-cause notice on the
 arrow Bangala New Year festival begins in CHT
The Bangladesh Adibashi Forum (BAF) in Chittagong Hill Tracts yesterday began a four-day programme in Rangamati to celebrate the Bangla new-year with festivities.
 arrow Sit-in by tobacco factory workers
Over 300 terminated workers of leaf processing factory of Dhaka Tobacco Industry, a concern of Akij Group, began a sit-in at the main gate of the factory at Golora here since Thursday evening demanding
Point-Counterpointarrow Pope John Paul II : A tribute
At the age of 84 Pope John Paul II is dead.
 arrow Use and abuse of bureaucracy
Rationalisation of government's size has come into focus at the behest of donor countries and organisations in the main.
 arrow Glimpses of a lost civilisation
In 1998, I wrote an article on the American Indians who , before European colonisation, lived in the Great Plains of North America.
Culturearrow Hajar Poshaki Rajar Galpo
Fairytales have a universal appeal, as they deal with the natural aspiration of human beings for beauty, order, truth, justice and romance.
 arrow High hopes on Lilliputs
"Although in its abridged form Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift is known as a classic children's adventure story, it is actually a biting work of political and social satire," comments Raqibul
 arrow A feast for the senses in Bhutan
Imagine a traditional festival where dancers recreate the myths and legends of the Himalayan Buddhism in a swirl of colour, music and mystery.
Generalarrow Medical representative chopped to death
A medical representative of Apex Pharmaceuticals was chopped to death by some unidentified assailants yesterday.
He was identified as Rafi-quzzaman Linkon, 38, of Dakkhin Para Chuadanga.

 arrow Project positive images of women
Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday urged the journalists to project the positive aspects of women and children in their writings.
 arrow Kushtia sadar SI of police sued for illegal arrest
Our Correspondent, Kushtia
Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) on Thursday filed a case against a sub-inspector (SI) of Kushtia sadar police with a magistrate's court for alleged illegal

 arrow SSC examinee killed in road accident
An examinee of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) was killed and seven others were injured in a tragic road accident in Boratoli area of Betbunia under Kawkhali upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Journalist leaders reiterate demand for 6th Wage Board Award
Journalist leaders yesterday reiterated their demand for 6th Wage Board Award and 60 percent dearness allowance.
 arrow Handicrafts fair begins April 15
A two-day handicrafts fair will begin at Uttara senior section of the International Turkish Hope School in the city on April 15, says a press release.
 arrow Shariatpur BNP leader expelled
A K M Nasir Kalu, general secretary of Shariatpur district unit of BNP, has been expelled from the party for breaching party discipline.
Kalu was expelled under section 5 (Ga) of the party constitution.

 arrow BSF returns bodies of 2 Bangladeshis
The Border Security Force (BSF) of India at a company commander level flag meeting yesterday returned the bodies of two Bangladeshi cattle traders to the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) authority.
Internationalarrow Millions across Asia pray for pope during funeral
Millions of mourners gathered in churches, parks and around television screens across Asia yesterday to bid farewell to Pope John Paul II while his funeral took place in Rome.
 arrow HR groups urge UN forum to act against Nepali violations
Human rights groups yesterday urged the 53 countries in the UN's top human rights body to take firm action on Nepal, as political parties in the Himalayan state planned a protest against King Gyanendra's
 arrow Kashmiris hope bus will foster peace
Kashmiris hailed yesterday a historic bus service between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir as a tangible step toward resolving the vexed territorial dispute and said militant separatists should not be allowed
 arrow Yemen seizes rebel outposts: 75 killed
Over 75 followers of a slain rebel preacher were killed and the army sustained dozens of casualties in two days of fierce clashes in northwest Yemen that ended with government forces taking control of
 arrow OIC calls for an end to West's 'Islamophobia'
The West must end "Islamophobia" and Muslim nations must tackle the causes of religious extremism, such as poverty, to win the fight against terrorism, the head of the world's largest body of Islamicnations
 arrow 'China reasserting Third World leadership role'
Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the 50th anniversary commemorations of the Asia-Africa Conference in Indonesia, reasserting China's credentials as a leader of the Third World, diplomatic sources
 arrow US, China to hold regular talks
The United States and China have agreed for the first time ever to hold regular, senior-level talks on a range of political, security and possibly economic issues, The Washington Post said yesterday quoting
 arrow 'Tiger attack on navy boat violation of truce'
Scandinavians monitoring a truce between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tigers ruled yesterday that the rebels were in breach of the ceasefire when they attacked a naval patrol boat.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A bouquet of accords
In a fitting tribute to thirty years of diplomatic relations between Beijing and Dhaka, the summit between Bangladesh prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia and her Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao has yielded
 arrow Editorial: Bus to Muzaffarabad
As the bus carrying passengers from Indian Kashmir crossed the Line of Control (LoC) on its way to Muzaffarabad Thursday noon, it marked a new chapter in the relationship between not only the twoKashmirs
 arrow Reality has finally dawned
We have been witnessing black humour over the last few months.
On the one hand, militant outfits have been on the rampage, blasting bombs, throwing grenades and maiming people.

 arrow A summer of Indo-US relations
IF India's wishes were to come true, it would have the best of equation with America. This is obvious from the mood prevailing in top government quarters at New Delhi.
Letters to Editorarrow Doctor's prescriptions
All doctors do not issue written prescription to the patients for medical treatment. Some do, but do not mention the diagnosis.
 arrow Too many newspapers
As a regular and serious reader of newspapers all my life, I am following with interest the court ruling on some questionable reporting.
 arrow Mysterious death of patient
My attention has been drawn to the above news item published in the DS on March 26, 2005.
 arrow Video tapes
In response to the letter by reader "Ishrat Jahan Mitilata, DU" on video tapes I would like to mention that VHS format are still in wide use all over the world.
 arrow In memory
Our country is small and over populated. When I was a small boy I saw in Dhaka and my district town Jessore a lot of paddy fields which are now filled with concrete junks.
 arrow Our Pakistan feelings
Some time I think that I am doing a wrong. Doing a wrong by hating Pakistan.
When live cricket matches are shown in TV in our hall where Pakistan is competing, lots of students support Pakistan.

 arrow Pre-emptive politics
Do the RAB activities in Bangladesh remind us of pre-emptive politics as practised by the super-power at the global level, and by Israel in the ME, not to speak of its fondness by the dictatorial regimes
StarTecharrow A dream that needs care
The premier of Chira Muri'r Golpo and Panta Buree, claiming to be the first locally made Bangla 2D animated cartoons for nation wide viewing, was held at the BCS Computer City auditorium
 arrow Local tech prodigy ranks second at Asian Softec-05
ARIF Reza Anwary, a student of University of Asia Pacific (UAP), Bangladesh solely led the way for his country winning the second position at Asia's first Softec-2005 competition held in Pakistan last
 arrow The Borland perception
ALMOST every computer programmer is familiar with the name 'Borland' and must have used Borland C/C++ while learning coding basics in their early days.
 arrow HP's Bangla New Year campaign
With the Bangla New Year ahead, HP has arranged some special offers with the sale of their selected products from last Saturday at the BCS Computer City located at IDB Bhaban, Agargaon.
Literaturearrow The City of Death
Stepping out his house, Ram looked up and down the lane. The sky, vaulted over like a great blue tent, shed a soft light over the treetops in the park in front.
 arrow Literature: the counterbalance to state order
Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi, New York: Random House, 2003, 356 pp.
 arrow ‘Show, don’t tell’
Girl Alone by Rupa Gulab; Delhi: Penguin India, pp. 204; pb. Rs 225
A character in Rupa Gulab's Girl Alone confesses that "he'd never read P.G.

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