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Front Pagearrow Act tough to recover grabbed lands
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the government has identified illegal land grabbing as a national problem and ordered the administration to take effective measures to recover public and private
 arrow 558 acres forest land illegally occupied
State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Affairs Mizanur Rahman Sinha, ruling BNP lawmaker MA Hashem, FBCCI President Abdul Awal Mintoo and others have illegally occupied 558 acres of forest landalong
 arrow Fresh hike soon in power tariff
The government, under heavy pressure from the World Bank (WB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is mulling over another raise in the power tariff very soon in line with the recent hike in gas
 arrow JS body criticises speaker, minister for interference
The parliamentary standing committee on private members' bills and resolutions yesterday denounced 'interference' by the speaker and the law minister in its affairs and blamed them for making the committee
 arrow ACC rejects advisory body's suggestions
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday rejected the recommendations of the high-profile advisory committee formed for screening the Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) staff.
 arrow 'Blast' hurts 35, 15 shops burnt down
A blast at a confectionery shop on city's New Elephant Road left at least 35 people wounded and some 15 shops completely gutted yesterday.
 arrow Ex-HC judge files petition against chief justice
A unconfirmed additional judge of the High Court (HC) yesterday filed a writ petition challenging the legality of Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain's holding office 'violating the Constitution'.
 arrow BB lowers large bank loan limit
Bangladesh Bank (BB) has scaled down the large loan limit of commercial banks to reduce and diffuse their credit risk.
 arrow DCC launches 15-day cleanliness drive today
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) today launches a 15-day special cleanliness drive to clean the city's footpaths, streets and drains as well as to free its walls of unwanted graffiti and posters.
 arrow IOJ ignores alliance, fields own candidate
A faction of the ruling four-party alliance component Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) yesterday fielded its own mayoral candidate apparently dissociating itself from the BNP-led coalition for the May 9 Chittagong
 arrow Man arrested with severed head of a boy
Police arrested a man with the severed head of a boy in Shahjahanpur in the capital yesterday evening.
 arrow Bond hearing of Bangladeshi girl adjourned to Thursday
The bond hearing of a 16-year old Bangladeshi girl, now under US federal custody, has been adjourned to next Thursday.
 arrow Cop roughed up for trying to enter trader's house
A police constable was caught when he along with three others tried to enter the house of a businessman in Old Dhaka's Haji Abdullah Lane last night.
 arrow 1 dies, 50 missing in trawler capsize
A woman died and 50 others went missing when a passenger trawler, hit by a launch, capsized in the river Arial Kha in Kalkini upazila yesterday.
 arrow Tokyo seeks Dhaka's help for UN seat
Japan yesterday sought Bangladesh's support to its candidature to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, as aspirants from three continents are in a hot contest for a coveted berth in the
 arrow Job fair gets huge response
It was a special day for thousands of job seekers as some 38 national and multinational companies showed up with job offers at a daylong fair in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Air fare on int'l routes goes up
Airline companies operating international flights from Bangladesh have raised the fare through adjustments of the Tk 2.5 hike in the exchange rate of US dollar.
 arrow RMP drops charges against Galib, 3 others
The Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) yesterday released militant linchpin Dr Asadullah Al Galib and three of his cohorts from the section 54 Criminal Procedure charges under which they were arrested.
 arrow Asma opens letter writing campaign for justice
Asma Kibria, wife of slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria, yesterday announced a "letter writing campaign" to press for justice for the brutal killing of her husband.
 arrow Writ petition challenges legality of ACC Act
A writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) yesterday challenging the legality of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Act 2004.
 arrow Naved, Butt script Pak victory
Swing bowler Navedul Hasan grabbed a career-best six-wicket haul and opener Salman Butt struck a century as Pakistan crushed India by 106 runs in the third one-day international on Saturday.
 arrow Headmaster confined to office over his reinstatement
Hundreds of students, guardians and locals staged a demonstration on the Tanore Bohroil High School premises after confining the head master at his office for three hours in the morning.
 arrow Charles, Camilla exchange vows
Britain's Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles, the true love of his life, yesterday in a private civil ceremony that inevitably paled against his storybook wedding to Princess Diana more than
 arrow 42 Zambian students die in road crash
At least 42 high school students returning home in northern Zambia at the end of term were killed when their truck missed a curve and overturned, police said yesterday.
 arrow Miladunnabi April 22
The holy Miladunnabi will be observed on April 22.

This was decided at a meeting of the National Moon Sighting Committee at the Islamic Foundation yesterday evening.

 arrow Japan embassy in Beijing attacked
Thousands of demonstrators carrying Chinese flags and anti-Japanese banners marched through Beijing yesterday in a nationalistic protest that turned violent over Japan's handling of its wartime past and
 arrow 2 slum kids die in wall collapse
Two 22-month-old children of a slum were killed and two others injured yesterday after a shabby boundary wall of Fulbaria Government Karmachari Railway Hospital collapsed on them in the morning.
 arrow Kushtia outlaw killed in 'crossfire'
A top cadre of the outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) was killed in a "crossfire" between police and his accomplices at Bot Toila village of Mirpur upazila in the district early yesterday.
Businessarrow IMF for contractionary policy to curb inflation, credit growth
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has advised the government to go for contractionary monetary policy to keep inflation, credit growth and foreign exchange reserves under control.
 arrow Banks now allowed to declassify bad loans
In a bid to ease workload and decentralise responsibilities, the central bank has allowed the banks to declassify bad loan cases without its prior approval.
 arrow Dhaka yet to ready for free market economy
The country is yet to devise ways to cope with the challenges of free market economy, said Textiles and Jute Minister Shahjahan Siraj yesterday.
 arrow RMG buyers must recognise limitations of local units
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday said foreign buyers of Bangladeshi readymade garments (RMG) must recognise the limitations of local business and should not expect too high a standard
 arrow India PM seeks private sector participation in agriculture
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday called for private investment in agriculture to arrest a decline in the farm sector and spur economic growth to seven to eight percent of gross domestic product.
 arrow Saifur leaves for Stockholm to attend roundtable
Finance and Planning Minister Saifur Rahman yesterday left for Stockholm to attend an international roundtable to discuss ways of reducing poverty and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
 arrow Sadat Jute okays 30pc dividend, bonus share
Sadat Jute Industries Ltd has declared a 30 percent dividend and a 100 percent bonus share for its shareholders for the year 2003-04.
 arrow GP introduces bill payment info service
GrameenPhone Ltd has introduced a new service called VMSPAY125 to enable its subscribers to avoid barring of connections and unbar connections.
 arrow Malaysia's forex reserves down
Malaysia's international reserves stood at $72.4 billion on March 31, down 1.0 percent from $73.2 billion on March 15, the central bank said Friday.
 arrow Growth outlooks for US, euro zone worsen: OECD
The outlook for economic growth in the United States and the euro zone has worsened, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Friday.
 arrow Japan to study FTA with Chile
Japan told Chile on Saturday that it would look thoroughly at the possibility of a free-trade agreement, while Uruguay also called for ways to boost commercial links with the Asian economic power.
 arrow US regrets no deal with EU
The United States signalled Friday that a deadline to find an accord with Europe over government aid to aircraft makers Airbus and Boeing will pass next week without a deal.
 arrow India has no plan to raise fuel price
India will not raise petrol and diesel prices for the time being despite heavy revenue losses by oil firms which are selling fuels at the same rates since November, officials said Friday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: It's Naved after Butt
Salman Butt smashed an im-pressive century and sea-mer Navedul Hasan grabbed a career-best 6-27 as Pakistan whipped India by 106 runs in the third one-day international here on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Lara top WI tonner
West Indies master batsman Brian Lara smashed his 27th Test century here on Friday on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa to surpass Sir Garry Sobers as his country's most prolific
 arrow Cricket: Lara back with a bang
Brian Lara marked his return to the West Indies team following the sponsorship dispute that threatened his participation with a majestic, record 27th Test hundred on the opening day of the second Test
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore going nowhere
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) disclosed yesterday that they were very close to finalising another two-year contract with coach Dav Whatmore.

"We are very close to signing another two-year contract.

 arrow Football: Fireworks promised at Bernabeu today
England striker Michael Owen will start Real Madrid's crunch league game against arch-rivals Barcelona on Sunday, coach Wanderley Luxemburgo has said.
 arrow Football: Hit-man Drogba
Didier Drogba is revelling in the pressure of spearheading Chelsea's triple trophy challenge despite having struggled for his best form this season.
 arrow Football: Last chance to shine
Ronaldo has insisted that Sunday's "clasico" with Barcelona is just like any other game rather than being Real Madrid's last chance of salvaging their season.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar to play in WI charity match
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar will leave Dhaka on April 13 for West Indies to play in an exhibition cricket match.
 arrow Football: 'Mukti's win remarkable'
Muktijoddha Sangsad coach Shafiqul Islam Manik termed his team's victory against Nebitchi FC of Turkmenistan in the AFC Cup as a remarkable achievement for the country's football.
 arrow Cricket: Lara hits 196 as WI make 347
Brian Lara crafted an immaculate 196 as West Indies were finally all out for 347 just before lunch on Day Two of the second Test against South Africa on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to award cricketers thru' SMS votes
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided to award national cricketers in five categories for the year 2004-05.
 arrow Chess: Zia, Shekhar share lead
Grand Master Ziaur Rahman and Indian Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly jointly led the table with five points each after the sixth round of the United Insurance and United Leasing Grand Master's Chess
 arrow Cricket: BCB names U-15 side for SL tour
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced a 14-member under-15 Bangladesh squad yesterday for the upcoming tour to Sri Lanka.
 arrow Cricket: Ganguly expects close contests
India captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday admitted that they were thoroughly outplayed by Pakistan in the third one-day international and predicted a "very close contest" in the last three matches of the
 arrow Cricket: Shaheed Nabi outdo Udayan
A five-wicket haul by Shahidul Islam guided Shaheed Nabi High to a massive 189-run victory over Udayan in the Standard Chartered Young Tigers Under-13 National School Cricket tournament at the Nabin Sangha
 arrow Cricket: Sourav attends hearing over slow bowling
India captain Sourav Ganguly was summoned to a hearing by ICC match referee Chris Broad on Saturday for his team's slow over rate in the third one-dayer against Pakistan, an Indian cricket official said.
 arrow Football: BFF Bhaban opens today
The much-awaited opening ceremony of the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Bhaban takes place today.
 arrow Squash: Partex squash
Touhid Firoz became champion of B Division beating Misha of Cadet College Club 3-2 in the Partex Open Squash tournament at Gulshan Club yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: 2nd New Zealand, Sri Lanka Test starts Monday
New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming wants the umpires to swap their black trousers for light coloured pants when the second Test starts against Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday.
 arrow Tennis: Williams sisters go down
Second-seeded Serena Williams and her ninth-seeded sister Venus found double-duty too much on Friday, as both were ousted in the quarterfinals of the 585,000-dollar WTA tournament here.
 arrow Football: Tribal soccer
The Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) regional team trounced northern regional team 10-2 in the second match of the Adibashi (tribal) Football Tournament at the local stadium here yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Young Aussie cricketer dies
Tasmanian cricketer Scott Mason died Saturday after complications arising from heart disease at the age of 28, an official said.
 arrow Cricket: Khulna cricket
Khulna Abahani Krira Chakra defeated Flying Pigeon Club by 46 runs in the AB Bank Siraj Memorial Cricket Tournament at the Divisional Stadium yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow '909 children in jails despite HC order for release'
A total of 909 children were detained in different jails of the country as of February last despite a High Court ruling requiring their release two years ago.
 arrow Rokeya Hall becomes champion
The Rokeya Hall emerged as champion in 'The Daily Star 3rd Inter Hall English Debate Championship-2005' that ended yesterday.
 arrow Gender equality a must for social progress
Discrimination against women keeps half of the country's total population deprived undermining its development efforts, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow Barbed-wire fences by India to figure in talks
Bangladesh Rifles and Indian Border Security Force will hold a top-level meeting here on April 13 to discuss crucial border issues against the backdrop of frequent flare-up of tensions along the common
 arrow Project to develop entrepreneurship
The Project Executing Agency (PEA) and The National Centre for Jute Diversification (NCJD), India signed an agreement to implement a project titled 'Small scale entrepreneurship development in diversified
 arrow Experts suggest amendment to Poura Ordinance-77
An experts' committee yesterday submitted its report to the LGRD and Cooperatives Ministry giving suggestions for amendment to Pourasabha Ordinance-1977 aimed at strengthening the local government body.
 arrow Paper mills gutted in N'ganj fire
Around 500 metric tons of paper pulp and other valuables were gutted in a mysterious fire that broke out in a paper mills at Tarabo under Rupganj Police Station in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Three to die in Narayanganj
A Court here sentenced three persons to death and awarded punishment to two others in various terms in two sensational murder cases under Bandar and Narayanganj police stations.
 arrow Country's first garbage treatment plant starts operation in Ctg city
A garbage treatment plant, the first of its kind in the country, went into operation in the port city yesterday.
 arrow Pipe gun in parcel!
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday seized a pipe gun and one round of ammunition from a parcel sent to a person in Sylhet.

A parcel was booked and sent in the name of 'Bhalobasha.

 arrow Religious ethics key to HIV/Aids prevention in Bangladesh
Speakers at a seminar have said religious ethics is the key to HIV/Aids prevention in Bangladesh.
 arrow Five killed, 7 injured as trucks collide in Savar
Five people were killed and seven others injured as two trucks collided on the Nabinagar-Kaliakoir road in Kabirpur area early yesterday.
 arrow Chinese cultural team arrives Apr 14
A 28-member Chinese cultural troupe will arrive in Dhaka on April 14 on a jaunt under the cultural-exchange agreement between Bangladesh and China.
 arrow Tension prevails over BCL meet
Tension has been prevailing over a meeting of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in the district town today.

Two rival groups of the organisation have called separate meetings at the same time.

 arrow Baishakhi Mela begins Apr 11
The Women Entrepreneurs' Association (WEA) and the Mini Mart Group have organised a three-day Baishakhi Mela beginning on April 11, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Worried depositors crowd postal banks: Panic withdrawal
Hundreds of worried depositors crowed postal savings banks in Nilphamari, Gaibandha and Rangpur yesterday to check their accounts following reports of defalcation of crores of Taka by postal employees.
 arrow Infected donors, unsafe blood
Blood transfusion to patients in Rajshahi city hospitals and clinics is risky due to a lack of sufficient screening facilities at blood banks.
 arrow Ethnic families flee homes for fear of life in Naogaon
Thirty-five members of ten ethnic families have left homes in Bhimpur village in Mohadevpur upazila in Naogaon district as they are threatened with death by influentials.
 arrow Bidi output falls, workers face job loss in Barisal
Production of Bidi in Barisal region has come down by about fifty percent and at least 20,000 workers have become unemployed after enactment of the law banning smoking at public places, according to sources
Point-Counterpointarrow AIDS crisis looming: A disaster waiting to happen?
The 13th International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa focused on the suffering and devastation the disease is exacting in Africa.
 arrow The burden of my memories
I am sitting here today trying to write a few lines in memory of my husband. I am not a poet or a writer -- I do not know if I have the right words to express what is in my heart.
Culturearrow Music as expression
Samina Chowdhury needs no introduction to the music lovers in the country.
 arrow Chekhov's "Three Sisters" staged at Natmandol
The search for happiness is a universal phenomenon. Unfortunately not everybody finds it. The elusive nature of happiness makes this state of mind a challenge to achieve.
 arrow Omar Sharif turns 73
Today on his 73rd birthday, it is opportune to glance at the action packed career of Omar Sharif. Every film buff has seen or at least heard of the international film star.
Generalarrow School for garment workers' children
Bangladesh Garment Manu-facturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) started a school for the offspring of garment workers in the port city.
 arrow Over 700 Illegal structures demolished in Cox's Bazar
Over 700 illegal makeshift houses were demolished in the sea beach area of the district during the last four days.
 arrow Dr Praful joins Apollo Hospitals Dhaka
Dr Praful B Pawar has recently joined Apollo Hospitals Dhaka as the director of Medical Services, says a press release.
He joined the hospital on deputation from Apollo Hospitals Group, Hyderabad.

 arrow Free eye surgery
Dr Syed Mohammad Asif, a renowned phaco surgeon of Pakistan, will perform phaco surgery on 200 patients free of cost from May 13 to 15, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Iraqis demand US exit
Tens of thousands of protestors poured into central Baghdad Saturday, on the second anniversary of the fall of the capital, to demand that US troops leave the country, as 15 Iraqi soldiers were killed
 arrow Emerging Asian giants edge closer
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao yesterday began a four-day visit to India _ where he was expected to discuss a border dispute and trade cooperation with Indian leaders as the emerging regional powers try to
 arrow Charles, Camilla choose chilly Scotland for honeymoon
Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, immediately following their wedding in Windsor, will fly to Scotland to spend their honeymoon in the outdoors they both love.
 arrow World's press hails pope's 'last miracle'
The world's press hailed Pope John Paul II's funeral as a "last miracle" that lured millions, perhaps billions, of believers and non-believers worldwide and brought together historic enemies at the Vatican.
 arrow Police mobilise to block Jewish rally in Jerusalem
Israeli police were out in force yesterday in Jerusalem's Old City, a day ahead of a banned protest by Jewish extremists at a holy site that could inflame the Palestinians and shatter a fragile ceasefire.
 arrow India rejects contention on vote regarding UNSC expansion
Rejecting the contention that expansion of UN Security Council through a General Assembly vote would lead to dangerous divisions, India has asserted that those giving this argument want to prevent the
 arrow Anglican cleric files legal objection to royal wedding
An Anglican cleric filed a last-minute objection yesterday to Britain's royal wedding, maintaining that Prince Charles, divorced from the late Princess Diana, could not remarry while heir to the British
 arrow Records give voice to Guantanamo detainees
In a development the Bush administration had hoped to avoid, the stories of about 60 detainees imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base have spilled out in court papers.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Pope's funeral
Pope John Paul II was laid to rest in St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican on Friday after a funeral service attended by over two million mourners including dignitaries from more than 80 countries.
 arrow Editorial: ACC's need for an unencumbered start
The advisory committee on screening of the Bac staffers for absorption into the Anti-Corruption Commission has come up with some recommendations.
 arrow The problem with obedience
We in Bangladesh are used to the periodic spectacle of the clarion call issued by the high and mighty to establish the rule of law.
 arrow Homeless Iraq War veterans
Adjusting to civilian life after serving in the military has always been a daunting challenge for America's soldiers.
Letters to Editorarrow Let's be smart!
Obviously a man cannot be 'real smart' if he has problem of bad pronunciation, no matter how costly his dress might be! It's really beyond my understanding how far we can go if we cannot even pronounce
 arrow Zimbabwe elections
In his letter (Daily Star, 05/04/05) concerning the recent triumph of Mr.
 arrow Achieving excellence in classroom
I read the article captioned "Achieving excellence in classroom teaching" by Dr. ASM A Haseeb published in DS on 5 April.
 arrow Saarc without India
At the initiative of Bangladesh the leaders of India, Pakistan, Bhutan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh reached a consensus and formed the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation
Star Healtharrow Maternal & child health most important for the society
In developing countries like ours, pregnancy and childbirth are one of the leading causes of death for women of reproductive age, and one child in 12 does not reach his or her fifth birthday.
 arrow Advancement in the treatment of typhoid fever of children
Typhoid fever is a major public health problem and one of the leading causes of febrile illness (disease which is accompanied by fever) of children in developing countries like Bangladesh.
 arrow Ginger appears safe and effective easing nausea in pregnancy
Ginger appears to help pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness, without side effects to the unborn child, according to a review of the medical literature.
 arrow How to cope with anxiety
If you suffer from anxiety, relief may stem from the support of family and friends.
Ideally, family members should be supportive without helping to perpetuate the symptoms.

 arrow 20 million people are at risk of Kala-a-zar
In Bangladesh, 20 million people live in areas with active transmission of visceral leishmaniasis (Kala-a-zar), caused by the parasite Leishmania donovani, transmitted by infected sandflies.
 arrow Are you obese?
Obesity is a common and increasing public health concern now-a-days as it is an important predisposing factors of many diseases. Body mass index, or BMI, is a new term to most people.
Star Cityarrow Passengers want direct buses
The Dhaka-Shiliguri bus service is failing to attract enough passengers as the Indian government is not allowing direct passage on this route.
 arrow Where has the marketís money gone?
Nearly Tk five crore has been collected from businessmen of the Shaheed Suhrawardy Market under the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) at Kaptanbazar in the last decade.
 arrow Intensified security planned for Pahela Baishakh celebration
The DMP authorities have planned to take foolproof securities measures to ensure peaceful celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the Bangla New Year, on Thursday as people still remember the deadly bomb blasts
 arrow Illegal bus stop, traffic jam trouble school students
Teachers, students and guardians of Wari High School in the old part of the city are suffering from regular traffic congestion near the school premises.
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