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Front Pagearrow Hope fades fast at Savar
Hope dies fast at Palashbari.
 arrow Rescue goes on at snail's pace
Poorly equipped rescuers find that it is only by a stroke of luck that they are now carrying out the rescue operation at the country's largest building collapse site at Savar.
 arrow Cheating death
It was a loose brick that saved Knitting Operator Ruhul Amin, as it hit him moments before the whole building collapsed.
 arrow Rajuk unsure of faulty building numbers
Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk) is going to start collecting information about the faulty structures in the city and its suburbs to take necessary steps about them.
 arrow Dhaka approves UN conventions
In a major move towards combating international terrorism, Bangladesh has approved eight antiterrorism conventions, complying with a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution passed after the September 11
 arrow Rid donor-run projects of interference
German Ambassador in Dhaka D Andreas yesterday urged the government to eliminate questionable practices in donor-aided projects in the interest of continued mutual cooperation.
 arrow No alternative to united action: Dr Kamal
Jatiya Oikya Mancha Convenor Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday said there is no alternative to a united movement when the government is showing sheer indifference to the demand for reforms in the caretaker government
 arrow Ahmadiyyas renew demand for safety
Central leaders of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat yesterday at a press conference urged the government for proper safety measures at their Shyamnagar installations in Satkhira following a seizure programme
 arrow Rajuk approval now must to be BGMEA member
Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday made it mandatory for new garment factory owners to take Rajuk approval of their factory buildings to become a member of the
 arrow Rally of rights body in front of BGMEA
Sammilito Nari Samaj, a women's association, yesterday blamed the garment factory owner and also the government agencies which approve constructions for the factory collapse at Savar on Monday.
 arrow RMG buyers inquiring about bldg collapse
The collapse of a nine-storey building of the export-oriented garments factory at Savar on Monday has raised questions among buyers in Europe and US over compliance of safety rules in the industry.
 arrow BDR, BSF DGs begin meeting today
The directors general of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Indian Border Security Force (BSF) begin a four-day meeting in Dhaka today, where peaceful solution of border problems and some other long-standing
 arrow Verdict on April 16
Judgement in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master murder case will be pronounced on April 16.
 arrow Dhaka to press for more jobs in Qatar
Dhaka will request the emir of Qatar to increase recruitment of manpower from Bangladesh during the official talks between the two heads of government on Friday.
 arrow CMP restricts New Year's celebrations!
Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) in a release yesterday put restrictions on Bangla New Year's celebrations in the city from Thursday morning to Friday morning.
 arrow 19 papers valid for mayoral post
The Election Commission after scrutiny here yesterday cancelled four nomination papers out of 23 submitted for the mayoral post for Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) polls scheduled for May 9.
 arrow ETV gets fresh licence
The government yesterday issued a fresh licence to the now defunct Ekushey Television (ETV), the country's first private terrestrial television channel, paving the way for resumption of its operation.
 arrow Rab rescues 4 kids, woman on return from Dubai
The Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rescued four children and a woman from Mijmiji village in Siddhirganj of Narayanganj district on Monday night on their return from Dubai.
 arrow Last ball win for Pakistan
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq pulled off a thrilling last-ball win over India with an unbeaten half-century in the fourth one-day international on Tuesday.
 arrow US to close its consulate in Karachi over security
The United States said yesterday it was closing its consulate in the volatile Pakistani city of Karachi for the day after receiving a security threat.
 arrow German cops free 4 girl hostages
Police in north-west Germany last night stormed a cellar and freed four schoolgirls who were held hostage by an Iranian man armed with a kitchen knife.
 arrow ANNOUNCEMENT
The Daily Star carries an eight-page supplement tomorrow alongside the regular issue on the occasion of Bangla Nababarsha.
Businessarrow Concerted efforts needed to make best use of external aid
The country must put concerted efforts to improve efficiency of government agencies to make the best use of external assistance, speakers observed at a dialogue yesterday.
 arrow Ship-breakers' cartel controls scrap price
When re-rolling and steel millers yesterday alleged some ship-breakers are controlling the price through a cartel, scrap traders told a meeting they will continue with the syndicate.
 arrow Union Capital launches online investors' account services
Union Capital Limited (UCL), a merchant bank, yesterday introduced internet-based investors' account services for the first time in the country.
 arrow Altaf assures businesses of govt support
Commerce Minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury yesterday assured the business community of all government supports to improve business environment in the country.
 arrow Dhaka Bank okays 10pc cash, 35pc stock dividends
Dhaka Bank Limited has declared 10 percent cash and 35 percent stock dividends for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Monitor Chef of the Year 2005 competition today
The Monitor Chef of the Year Competition-2005 will be held at Dhaka Sheraton Hotel today.
 arrow Orascom keen to invest in cement industry
After investing in telecommunications sector, Egyptian Orascom group has expressed its interest to invest in Bangladesh's cement sector.
 arrow Transcom, BRAC Bank sign corporate deal
A corporate agreement titled 'EzeeBuy' was signed between Transcom Electronics Limited and BRAC Bank Limited in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Bank holiday on Thursday
Bangladesh Bank and all scheduled banks will remain closed on Thursday (April 14) on the occasion of Pahela Baishakh, said a Bangladesh Bank press release.
 arrow US slams Beijing on IPR protection
A senior US trade official attempted Tuesday to placate China over US actions to curb its lucrative textile export trade, while slamming Beijing over worsening intellectual property rights violations.
 arrow Latam woos Asia investment to spur growth, help poor
Latin American states were at pains to talk up their economic progress on Sunday as they sought to tap Asia's huge savings for investment in their recovering but debt-laden economies.
 arrow Clarification
In a clarification of news item titled 'Summit Power to go public soon to raise Tk30 crore' printed on this page on Monday, Summit Power Limited said, "The company has prepared a draft prospectus forsubmission
 arrow EU ministers call for currency appreciation in Asia
EU finance ministers, eager to ease the pain of the euro's strength, stepped up pressure Tuesday on Asian countries to let their currencies appreciate ahead of an upcoming G7 meeting, Luxembourg Prime
Sportsarrow Cricket: Pakistan win last grasp thriller
Captain Inzamamul Haq smashed the final delivery of the match from Sachin Tendulkar for a boundary to lead Pakistan to a thrilling series-levelling win over India in the fourth one-day international here
 arrow Cricket: Rajshahi lift one-dayers
Rajshahi clinched the Ispahani Sixth National Cricket League one-day title yesterday when they inflicted a massive 140-run defeat on Barisal in a ninth round match at the Barisal Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: History revisited
Flashback 1998: A chilly afternoon on January 18 and all eyes fixed at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka where two great cricketing nations India and Pakistan were reaching the climax for theSilver
 arrow Cricket: 6-ODI ban on Ganguly
India captain Sourav Ganguly has been banned for six one-day internationals for his team's slow over-rate during the fourth match against Pakistan here on Tuesday, an official said.
 arrow Football: Groundbreaking trip
A 20-member Bangladesh women's football team leaves for South Korea today to take part in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-17 Championship in South Korea.
 arrow Cricket: Wright to get farewell gift from team
The Indian cricket team will gift a handcrafted crystal bar set to coach John Wright who bids farewell to his assignment after the final one-day international against Pakistan here on April 17.
 arrow Handball: Girls' handball from today
The Maple Leaf Second Mini girls' handball tournament will begin today at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex.
 arrow Cricket: U 19s beat Australia
The Bangladesh Under-19s got off to a good start in their tour of Australia when the visitors recorded a 13-run victory against Australia U-19 team in a rain-interrupted one-day match at the FehlbergPark
 arrow Cricket: Pakistan captain thanks top order
Captain Inzamamul Haq diverted all praise on his top order despite hitting a four off the last ball to help Pakistan clinch a dramatic thee-wicket win over India on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Kiwis run into the lead
Lou Vincent and Stephen Fleming defied a rampant Chaminda Vaas to carry New Zealand to 253 for four, a 42-run first innings lead over Sri Lanka when rain brought an early close to the second day of the
 arrow Cricket: Watertight security for Indo-Pak final ODI
India is mounting a three-layer security around Delhi's Ferozshah Kotla stadium which hosts the sixth and final Indo-Pak one-day international match on April 17.
 arrow Football: Will the Old Lady sing?
Czech striker Milan Baros believes his Liverpool side can cope with the loss of their talismanic captain Steven Gerrard and reach the last four of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Future wide open
Three-time French champions Lyon rate Wednesday's date away to PSV Eindhoven as one of the biggest games in the club's history with a first ever appearance in the Champions League semi-finals at stake.
 arrow Cricket: Happy time for Happy Times
Happy Times International School snatched an exciting one-run victory over Manarat Dhaka International School in the Standard Chartered Under-13 Young Tigers School Cricket Tournament at the Residential
 arrow Chess: Shekhar's lead trimmed
Despite being held by young Bangladeshi International Master Enamul Hossain Rajib, Indian Grand Master Surya Shekhar Ganguly stayed atop in the United Insurance and Leasing Grand Master's Chess Tournament
 arrow Swimming: Kushtia rule the roost
Kushtia as usual dominated the inter-district women's age-group swimming competition which concluded at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports Complex yesterday.
 arrow Football: DCC's U-14 football training programme
The Under-14 football training programme organised by Dhaka City Corporation begins today with a view to create footballers at the grassroots level.
 arrow Football: Frisk loving new life
Former top international referee Anders Frisk, who retired prematurely after he and his family received death threats from Chelsea fans, has ruled out any return to the game.
 arrow Cricket: S Africa set 144 to win
Makhaya Ntini took four more West Indies wickets on Tuesday to leave South Africa needing 144 to win the second Test.
 arrow Cricket: Gilchrist sets WC deadline?
Australia vice-captain Adam Gilchrist says he may retire from international cricket after the 2007 World Cup.
 arrow Football: Bayern struggling in rich world
Bayern Munich general manager Uli Hoeness claims the four-time European champions will be unable to compete for the big prizes for much longer if they cannot find a way of increasing revenue.
 arrow Cricket: Kallis cleared
South African batsman Jacques Kallis has been cleared of any wrongdoing following a misconduct hearing here with ICC Match Referee Jeff Crowe on Sunday.
Kallis had been charged of breaching 1.

 arrow Cricket: Star cast in Oval tsunami match
Several of the biggest names in world cricket were confirmed Tuesday to play in June's tsunami appeal fundraising match between Asia and an International XI at The Oval.
Metropolitanarrow Stay on Teletalk refused
The High Court (HC) yesterday refused a plea to stay the operation of Teletalk Bangladesh Limited, the first mobile phone service in the public sector.
 arrow Reform call came after AL's 'trump card' failed: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged people to take part in the next general elections in a big way and vote for the BNP-led alliance.
 arrow 20 illegal structures on Katasur canal demolished
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Dhaka Wasa) evicted about 20 illegal structures from the Katasur canal yesterday, in its ongoing drive to protect the capital from unusual waterlogging during the
 arrow India hopeful of Agartala-Akhaura rail link
India has expressed the hope that a direct bus service between Agartala and Kolkata via Bangladesh and a rail link between Agartala, the capital of Tripura, and Akhaura in Bangladesh would be put in place.
 arrow President asks rescue workers to complete operation
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday visited the building that collapsed on Monday and asked the rescue workers to complete their painstaking operation as soon as possible.
 arrow Court orders further investigation
The Speedy Trial Tribunal, Khulna, on Monday ordered further investigation into journalist Manik Saha murder case.
 arrow Gono Bahini cadre killed in 'crossfire'
A top cadre of outlawed Gono Bahini (GB) was killed in 'crossfire' at Salgharmadhua village in Kumarkhali upazila in the district in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Symbolic 1-hr strike tomorrow
Family members, relatives and friends of the slain former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria will hold a symbolic one-hour strike tomorrow in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh as part of their "Blue
 arrow Work on pre-paid gas meters for domestic users begins in June
The Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Limited will start work on setting up of pre-paid gas meters for domestic users in Banani from June next as part of its plan to introduce pre-paid billing
 arrow BSF kills one
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Bangladeshi youth at Beurjhari frontier in Baliadangi upazila of the district Monday night.
 arrow Art exhibition begins today
British Council will organise a 17-day outdoor art exhibition from today to welcome and celebrate the Bangla New Year 1412.
 arrow Justice Kamal for creation of BCS (legal) cadre
Law Commission Chairman Justice Mostafa Kamal yesterday suggested creating a BCS (legal) cadre, so that officers from the legal cadre can be employed in any other organisation as law officers in order
 arrow Increased fees for post-graduation courses withdrawn
The government has withdrawn the increased fees for post-graduation courses following the agitation by the Post-Graduation Doctors Association (PGDA).
 arrow Toll-taking cops sent to jail
A Dhaka court yesterday rejected the bail petition of three policemen arrested on Tuesday on charges of collecting tolls, ordering them to be sent to the Dhaka Central Jail.
 arrow JU Baishakhi programmes begin today
A six-day cultural programme and fair to celebrate Pahela Baishakh, the first day of the Benguli new year, organised by Jahangirnagar Shankskritik Jote (JSJ), begins at Jahangirnagar University (JU) today.
 arrow US assistant secy condoles deaths of garment workers
Christina Rocca, US assistant secretary of state for South Asia, yesterday expressed condolences over the deaths of garment workers in Monday's building collapse at Savar, says a release of the US Embassy.
 arrow ASK demands int'l help to rescue trapped workers
Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), a legal aid organisation, demanded that the government make every possible efforts to rescue the trapped workers under the debris of a nine-storied building of a sweater factory
 arrow 45 fined for marketing, using polybags
A taskforce yesterday realised Tk 28,500 in fine from 45 people for producing, marketing and using banned polybags.
 arrow Baishakhi Package
Elegance, a beauty parlour, offers a 'Baishakhi Package' to its customers to celebrate the Bangla New Year, says a press release.
 arrow Special bus service
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) will operate three-day "Langalbandh Snan Utsav Special Bus Service" from April 15 to facilitate Hindu devotees to join Langalbandh Maha Ashtomi Snan Utsav.
 arrow Federation of University Women executives
Munira Khan and Umme Habiba Sadeque were elected president and secretary general of Bangladesh Federation of University Women for 2005-2007 at its triennial general meeting on April 8, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Rescuing children from tornado trauma
While government steps to reconstruct and reopen schools damaged by the March 20 horrific tornado is still uncertain, an NGO has come forward to rescue the children, at least from the trauma.
 arrow RU tense as JCD factions stage showdown
Fresh tension mounted on Rajshahi University campus yesterday as both factions of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) staged separate showdown against Sunday's violence that took place to protest inclusion
 arrow Hundreds swindled on job promises
Two persons defrauded hundreds of youths in the name of an insurance company in Kolaroa and decamped with several lakh taka collected from them.
 arrow ‘Akhaura most suitable land port for trade with India’s 7 states’
Indian High Commissioner in Bangladesh Veena Sikri has said Akhaura land port is the most suitable point for export-import between Bangladesh and the seven north-eastern states of India.
 arrow None of 6 accused arrested yet
Depositors continued to crowd postal savings banks in Gaibandha yesterday either to withdraw money or check their accounts.
 arrow Khulna BNP leader joins JP
A senior BNP leader of Khulna city has joined Ershad's Jatiya Party (JP) on Sunday.
 arrow Lightning kills 5 in Patuakhali
Lighting killed five persons including two women in different places of the district on Monday. Twenty-five others were injured.
Point-Counterpointarrow Our education system
I have returned back to the country of my origin a few months ago, putting an end to a rather long expatriate life in the Americas.
Culturearrow Coming out of the shadows
Character artistes are often left in the shadows of the mainstream lead actors.
 arrow Traditional Chaitra Shangkranti to be observed in the city
Today, Chaitra Shangkranti, is the last day of the Bangla year.
 arrow Bangladeshi cuisine in Kolkata
What better way to observe Pahela Baisakh than a treat for the taste buds? Yes, the husband-wife duo of Nahid and Shawkat Osman have brought a touch of Bangladeshi food to Kolkata.
Internationalarrow Chinese PM terms India trip historic & successful
Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao yesterday described his four-day India visit as "historic" and as having produced "rich results", while hailing a key agreement with India to resolve a decades-old border
 arrow Bush pushes Israel to stop settlement expansion
US President George W.
 arrow Rumsfeld warns Iraqis against corruption
Defence Secretary Donald Rums-feld, on a surprise visit to Iraq, warned the country's leaders yesterday against political purges and cronyism that could spark "lack of confidence or corruption in government.
 arrow Maoists end road blockade
An 11-day road blockade called by Nepal's Maoist rebels to protest against King Gyanendra's power grab ended yesterday but the army said it would keep escorting vehicles to prevent guerrilla attacks.
 arrow China-Japan row escalates as both sides demand protection of nationals
A row between Japan and China intensified yesterday as the Asian powers each demanded protection for their nationals and Beijing insisted Tokyo did not deserve a cherished permanent seat on the UN Security
 arrow Taliban vow new attack after 12 militants killed
The Taliban vowed yesterday to assassinate a former Afghan commander after a failed bid to kill him sparked a US air strike which officials said killed up to 12 militants.
 arrow Prakash Karat replaces Surjeet as CPI(M) general secretary
In a generational change of guard in the 41-year-old Communist Party of India (Marxist), British-educated Prakash Karat has taken over as its general secretary replacing 89-year-old Harkishan Singh Surjeet.
 arrow 'China-Pakistan nuke cooperation in line with NPT'
China asserted yesterday that its nuclear cooperation with Pakistan is entirely for peaceful purposes and under the safeguard of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Editorialarrow Editorial: Massive building collapse
This was something that was waiting to happen.
 arrow Editorial: Still a non-starter
Sign-board organisations we have heard of, so have we been familiar with non-functioning, dysfunctional bodies of assorted origins and variegated types; but this is in a different category.
 arrow New direction for the Catholic Church
His Holiness Pope John Paul II has been buried with proper ceremony and due ritual within a marble crypt into St. Peter's Basilica, reportedly near the remains of St. Peter, the first Pope.
 arrow Bus service across LoC
A new kind of relationship has emerged between two arch south Asian rivals with the introduction of the bus service between Indian controlled Kashmir's capital Srinagar and Pakistan administered AzadKashmir
 arrow Foreign investment at what cost?
ON 15th March The Daily Star reported ("Govt offers 3 gas price rate options for Tata") that the Government has offered Tata the same deal for subsidised gas as was offered to KAFCO.
Letters to Editorarrow Don’t neglect them
"Disabled" means unable to use one's body properly because of disease, injury, impaired hearing, speech, walking etc. Disable people are part of our society.
 arrow Indigenous people
Most of the people in our country are not familiar with indigenous people. Their ideas about them are not positive. They think that they are an under-developed, uncultured and illiterate lot.
 arrow Politics-free educational arena
It is not difficult to establish a link between good governance and a solid distortion free education system in a country.
Good governance leads itself to many forms but one interpretation.

 arrow World Health Day 2005
Wordsworth said " Child is the father of the nation". The slogan for World Health Day 2005 is " Make every mother and child count".
 arrow Pahela Baishakh
We love our culture and tradition. One of our traditions is to celebrate "Pahela Baishakh". It is really nice to welcome the New Year in a colourful way.
 arrow Islamic extremism and Bangladesh
Mrs. Nazli Kibria, the daughter of the late SAMS Kibria , wrote an article in the Los Angeles Times on April 5, 2005.
 arrow Bring them to book
Good to see three great lawmakers from Massachusetts getting involved with investigation and legal proceedings in the Kibria killing.
 arrow Is our patriotism event based?
We got our independence through a bloody war in 1971 with supreme sacrifice.
 arrow Pope's death
When the world is passing through a complex time with the beginning of a new century and under the threat of third world war, as the lone superpower is showing an intolerant attitude towards some countries
 arrow Political education
Political parties in democratic countries play a vital role with respect to imparting political education to people by presenting their viewpoints through which people get to know about the qualitiesand
 arrow Why should we shed blood?
In a seminar on Indian Inter River linking project arranged by Nadi Bachao Andolon, the Pro-VC of CU said, "We gave blood for language. We gave blood for our independence. We will give blood for water.
 arrow WASA and water loss
Your city correspondent's write up (DS: 6 April) that WASA plans to reduce the systems loss by 30 percent is good news indeed.
 arrow Making election free and fair
Recently the prime minister told in a public meeting that the next election would be in accordance with the constitution. I think this is a good announcement.
 arrow Popular daily
Weekly Bangla magazine Jai Jai Din and the English daily The Daily Star are very popular among the Bangladeshis in Denmark.
 arrow Caretaker govt chief
I can understand why opposition will not accept the past Chief Justice. The ruling party will not accept the opposition's choice to lead the caretaker government.
 arrow Cantonment in metro Dhaka
Public feedback is appearing in the local press for reviewing the possibility of partial shifting of Dhaka and Peelkhana Cantts outside the DCC limits, to the nearby greater Dhaka perimeter zone, and/or
Star Chittagongarrow Foreign pirates reign over Bay of Bengal
The pirates mostly from Myanmar and Thailand have long been engaged in looting the marine fisheries of the Bay of Bengal, as the authorities concerned are indifferent to the problem.
 arrow Repair work of Shah Amanat Bridge to begin soon
The repair work to replace the worn-out and risky decks of Shah Amanat Bridge on the river Karnaphuli will begin soon.
Star Cityarrow Plan to hand over Osmani Udyan to private management
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) is planning to hand over Osmani Udyan to a private company which will build a commercial complex inside the park, sources said.
 arrow Baishakh Mela already buzzing
Baishakh, the first month of the Bengali year does not only announce summer, it also ushers in an air of festivity at the forefront of which is the BaishakhiMela (fair).
 arrow Python, doel to add to this year’s carnival colour
The city is once again preparing to be adorned in vivid colours of decorations and crafts as the students of the Fine Arts Institute of Dhaka University started their tasks with a bang awaiting the dawn
 arrow All set for new year celebrations
Dhaka is all set to welcome April 14, the Bengali New Year 1412 in all it splendour.
 arrow Prodeep, Ranger Unit brings hope for change
Ten-year old Saddam is a canteen boy at Fazilatunnessa Mujib Hall of Dhaka University (DU).
 
   
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