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Front Pagearrow Passengers halve as population doubles
The number of railway passengers has halved in the 34 years since independence although the population has doubled.
 arrow 50 hurt as bigots attack Ahmadiyyas in Satkhira
Religious bigots led by the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB) yesterday attacked the Ahmadiyya community, injuring over 50 people including women and children, and looted at least
 arrow 100 missing, yet rescuers predict no more bodies
Rescuers sped up operations at the collapsed sweater factory in Savar yesterday, as they believe 'there may not be any more bodies' in the rubble, a week into the country's deadliest building collapse.
 arrow HC orders govt to explain legality
The High Court in a rule on the government yesterday ordered it to explain in the next eight weeks why the BTTB mobile phone licence and its subsequent transfer to Teletalk should not be declared illegal.
 arrow US army's Pacific chief fears int'l terrorist activities in Bangladesh
US Army Pacific Commander Admiral William J.
 arrow Greece-bound 90 rescued from Bay
Bangladesh Navy yesterday rescued 90 youths being smuggled to Greece via St Martin's Island in a motor boat from a canal flowing into the Bay of Bengal.
 arrow Dhaka, Delhi trade blames
Bangladesh and India yesterday blamed each other for opening fire and thus starting the border skirmishes at Akhaura on Saturday leaving a Bangladeshi minor and an Indian security personnel dead.
 arrow Ex-judge to go to president
The High Court yesterday summarily rejected a writ petition challenging the legality of Chief Justice Syed JR Mudassir Husain's holding his position, but noted that the petitioner may take the matterto
 arrow In agony ends Afsana's wait
Afsana's wait for her missing husband came to an end yesterday, but the sight was too pathetic for her to bear as rescuers put the coffin of Kamal's mutilated body beside the collapsed sweater factory.
 arrow Investigators fail to quiz any of factory owners
The Detective Branch of police, which is investigating the tragedy at Palashbari, has been unable to question a single person associated with Spectrum Sweaters Industries Ltd.
 arrow BNP, Jubo Dal men ransack office of Tongi chairman
Supporters of Nurul Islam Sarkar, the main convict given death sentence in the Awami League (AL) lawmaker Ahsanullah Master killing case, ransacked the Tongi Pourasabha chairman's office and damaged his
 arrow Maintain recent improvement in law, order
Business leaders yesterday urged the government to maintain the current trend of improving law and order situation to attract more foreign investment in the country and ensure a peaceful business environment.
 arrow 111 BNP MPs have criminal records
Leader of the Opposition and Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina yesterday alleged that at least 111 lawmakers of the ruling BNP have criminal records and these people have established a reign of terror
 arrow Four gunned down in city
Unidentified miscreants yesterday gunned down two gold traders inside their gold-store at Tantibazar area in Old Dhaka, a phone-shop owner at Madhubagh at Uttara and an unidentified youth at Malibagh.
 arrow Child 'MPs' for better edn, health systems
Children at a mock parliament session in the capital yesterday placed demands before the 'House' for greater facilities to the education and health care systems.
 arrow Indo-Pak talks thrive on trade
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed yesterday to boost road and rail links and revive a panel to promote trade during "very warm" talks after watchingcricket
 arrow Criminal dies after Rab arrest
A listed criminal, arrested by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), died in police custody Saturday night at the Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).
 arrow Pakistan crush India to clinch one-day series
A resurgent Pakistan crushed India by 159 runs in the sixth and final one-dayer on Sunday to clinch the series 4-2 in a match marred by crowd trouble.
 arrow Robbers knife school head to death in city
Robbers knifed a primary school headmistress to death and looted cash and gold said to be worth about Tk 5.17 lakh from her Harirampur house in Uttara in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Last day for nomination withdrawal today
Ruling BNP lawmakers entrusted with allocating alliance nominations in the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections are trying to heal the rift among coalition partners and rebel candidates, as today
 arrow Boycotting lawyers agitate outside Faizee's court
The lawyers, who have been boycotting the court of Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee to protest his joining the High Court bench, yesterday demonstrated outside the courtroom to avoid unpleasant situation.
 arrow Private deer raisers to pay fees
The Ministry of Environment and Forest yesterday decided to impose fees for licence as well as annual renewal fees for rearing deer at private level.
 arrow Why detention of prisoners after term not illegal
The High Court on Saturday issued a rule-nisi on the government asking it to reply within eight weeks why detention of prisoners who have served out their sentences would not be declared illegal.
Businessarrow Mushrooming malls see fall in sales
As shopping malls are sprouting in Dhaka city, shops inside those sparkling and highly-rented commercial complexes are noticing lean transactions with frustration running among the shopkeepers.
 arrow Commission to start Rupali Bank privatisation process soon
The Privatisation Commission will convene a special meeting within a month to start the privatisation process of the Rupali Bank.
 arrow 9-month revenue collection falls Tk 2,000cr short
The government's revenue collection in the last nine months has fallen about Tk 2,000 crore short of its target.
 arrow Ban on oil tanker may boost local ship breaking sector
A United Nations ban, with effect from April 5, on oil tankers that use a single layer of steel to separate their cargo from the sea is likely to hit the local ship breaking industry easing the priceof
 arrow Local co to export potato flakes
Patwary Potato Flakes Limited (PPFL), an export-oriented agro-processing enterprise, is set to export potato flakes after meeting the country's existing demand.
 arrow Protesters call for debt relief for developing countries
Bathed in bright sunshine, protests outside World Bank and IMF headquarters Saturday were colourful and at times noisy, but did little else to disrupt the institutions' spring meetings.
 arrow ICC-B for latest int'l trade tools in foreign transactions
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) -- Bangladesh yesterday urged the Bangladesh Bank to take necessary steps in introducing latest international trade tools in foreign trade transactions.
 arrow AKNET to launch Internet services soon
AKNET, a joint initiative between Ceylinco Internet Services Ltd (CISL) and AK Khan Group, is going to introduce Internet based application services soon for both individual customers and local corporates.
 arrow Pubali Bank declares 100pc bonus share
Pubali Bank Ltd has declared one bonus share against each ordinary share as dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Opec may delay further output hike
Opec is likely to postpone a further production increase for the time being if prices continue to retreat, a spokesman for the oil producers' cartel was quoted Saturday as saying.
 arrow Japan for bigger Asian role in IMF
Japan Saturday called for Asian countries to play a bigger role in running and financing the International Monetary Fund, saying the region was under represented relative to its economic clout.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Fightback Pakistan style
Pakistan capped a fairytale fight-back with a 159-run victory over India in the sixth and final one-dayer marred by crowd trouble here on Sunday to clinch the series 4-2.
 arrow Football: MSC, Abahani play on opening day
The Tibet 20th Federation Cup final rounds will begin on April 21 -- six weeks after the end of the qualifiers -- with traditional powerhouses Mohammedan and Abahani both playing on the opening day.
 arrow Cricket: He can hold his head high
When John Wright quits as India's first foreign coach after the current Pakistan tour on Sunday, he will leave with the satisfaction of having done the pressure job in a creditable manner.
 arrow Cricket: They outclassed us: Rahul
Stand-in India captain Rahul Dravid conceded Sunday his team had been outplayed by Pakistan in the sixth and final one-day international here to lose the series 4-2.
 arrow Cricket: Musharraf won't predict result
Cricket bug has bitten Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
 arrow Cricket: Crowd trouble in India again
The Indian and Pakistani teams walked off New Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla ground on Sunday following crowd trouble during the sixth and final one-day international.
 arrow Football: United set up dream final
Manchester United beat Newcastle 4-1 in the FA Cup semi-final at the Millennium Stadium here Sunday.
 arrow Football: Spurs deny Liverpool
Andy Johnson's controversially won penalty secured a 3-3 Premier League draw for Crystal Palace against bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: StanChart cricket
Saikat Hossain hit a sparkling century as Iqra Model handed a Titas Gas Adarsha High 39-run defeat in the Standard Chartered Under-15 Young Tigers School Championship at the Uttara Friends Club ground
 arrow Handball: Maple Leaf defend girl's h'ball title
Maple Leaf International School retained their title when they registered a 5-1 victory against Dhanmondi Qamrunnisa in the final of the mini handball girl's tournament at the Dhanmondi Women's Sports
 arrow Football: Mind your mouth!
Flamengo have fired their second coach this year, this time for talking too much.
 arrow Football: Maradona protests racism arrest
Diego Maradona has joined a chorus of protest after an Argentine soccer player was arrested by Brazilian police for allegedly racially abusing an opponent during a Libertadores Cup match.
 arrow Football: Australia released from Oceania
Australia Sunday took another step towards joining the Asian Football Confederation when it received an official release from the Oceania Football Confederation.
Metropolitanarrow 'Negligence led to tragedy'
The disaster at a Savar garments factory resulted from negligence, which left several hundred workers dead or injured, said human rights activists and women leaders at a press conference yesterday.
 arrow Self-sufficiency in medicine production soon: PM
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said lifesaving international standard drugs are now being produced in Bangladesh and the country is about to achieve self-sufficiency in production of medicines.
 arrow BDB against unity with other party for mere change of govt
The Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) believes in the empowerment of people, it does not believe in power politics.
 arrow ERC gets shape by May
The country's energy watchdog is likely to get a shape by next month following the formation of a selection committee seeking recommendations for the top posts of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission
 arrow 5 lawyers plan legal action against govt for violation of constitution
Five eminent lawyers will take legal action against the government for disregarding the formal declaration of independence, which took place on April 10, 1971, and violating the constitution.
 arrow US, UK express condolences
The United States and the United Kingdom have expressed condolences to the families of the garments workers who died in a nine-storey factory building collapse in Savar on April 11.
 arrow Sister cries for justice
A sister yesterday demanded immediate punishment to the culprits responsible for the killing of her brother who was killed at his Kafrul residence in the city on November 14, 2003.
 arrow Over 9 lakh new telephones soon
Over nine lakh telephone connections will be provided to subscribers in Dhaka as well as district and upazila headquarters soon with financial assistance from China.
 arrow Asian-African Summit begins in Jakarta Apr 22
The Asian-African Summit will be held in Jakarta on April 22-23.
Foreign Minister M Morshed Khan leaves Dhaka today to attend the summit.

 arrow Concern over jute seed crisis
The Private Sector Consultative Board (PSCB) of the International Jute Study Group (IJSG) yesterday urged the governments of jute producing countries to take necessary steps to make jute seeds available
 arrow Customs staff on remand
Police yesterday took a customs employee to one-day remand on suspicion of his alleged involvement in the death of Manindra Chandra Das whose body was recovered from the rooftop of the customs officeat
 arrow French Embassy "informed and following" arrest of journo
French Embassy here in Dhaka said it is "informed" of the arrest of French journalist Monda Jerome and that it is "following" the proceedings.
Nationalarrow Severe water crisis grips Rajshahi city
The city dwellers have been facing an acute crisis of water for the last three days.
 arrow Deadline to RU for report on April 10 violence
The Rajshahi University Teachers' Association (Ruta) brought out a silent procession and held a rally in front of the Senate building demanding punishment to the persons responsible for the April 10
 arrow Bright prospect of apiculture in Mymensingh region
There is a bright prospect of apiculture in Mymensingh region.
The region includes Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Sherpur Tangail and Netrakona districts.

 arrow Madrasa teacher killed in clash
A clash between madrasa teachers and students and the locals at a remote village in Beanibazar upazila on Saturday led to death of a madrasa teacher.
The victim is Munir Uddin, 45.

Point-Counterpointarrow Dreaming of a world class university
Many scholarly essays, books, and treatises have been written in the area of knowledge, education and learning within the context of a university.
 arrow Langalbandh: Pilgrimage for a holy dip
Every year, Hindu pilgrims from all over Bangladesh and adjacent West Bengal and other parts of India converge at Langalbandh for a dip in the holy waters of the Brahmaputra on a particular date -- the
Culturearrow Spectacular Chinese acrobats in town
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic relations between the People's Republic of China and Bangladesh, a two-day performance comprising 40 artistes from China presented
 arrow Paani: Bringing Hollywood and Bollywood together
When two greats of Hollywood and Bollywood come together, the final product is potentially astounding.
 arrow A Kaleidoscopic Journey
Bangladesh-born British artist Mohammed Fakruzzaman portrays civilisation from archaeologists' viewpoints.
 arrow Did You Know?
The very first Indian movie distributor in the subcontinent was Heeralal Sen, who was originally from Dhaka. He was also the first to make documentaries and ad films in India.
Internationalarrow India offers new talks to settle dam row
India said yesterday it was open to a new round of talks to try and resolve differences with Pakistan over the construction of a hydroelectric dam in the disputed state of Kashmir.
 arrow Iraqi troops force way into besieged town
Iraqi troops, backed by US soldiers, battled their way yesterday amid fierce resistance into a town where Sunni extremists abducted dozens of people and threatened to kill them unless all Shias left town.
 arrow FMs of China, Japan at loggerheads in talks
Japanese and Chinese foreign ministers were at loggerheads at the start of a crisis meeting yesterday, with Tokyo asking for an apology over anti-Japanese protests and Beijing saying the real issue was
 arrow Norway in new peace drive in Lanka
Norwegian special envoy Erik Solheim arrived here yesterday for a fresh attempt to revive Sri Lanka's deadlocked peace talks with Tamil Tiger rebels, an official said, as violence escalated in the island's
 arrow Nepali king, Maoists pledge to win support
Nepal's King Gyanendra and Maoist supremo Prachanda have both predicted they would win popular support and govern the Himalayan nation as they face off after almost a decade of war, according to interviews
 arrow Trip down memory lane!
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf brought in their personal touches in seeking to establish a chemistry between them and move forward the peace process between
 arrow Cardinals gather for Conclave to elect pope
Roman Catholic cardinals started to move into sequestered lodgings Sunday ahead of a momentous conclave to elect the successor to Pope John Paul II.
 arrow Indian cardinal in race for papacy
India's Cardinal Ivan Dias, known to toe the line of the late Pope John Paul II on homosexuality, birth control and the role of missionaries, is among the top contenders in the race to be the next pope.
 arrow 500,000 illegal immigrants in UK'
The government has secretly calculated that there are about 500,000 illegal immigrants in Britain even though ministers have said they are not aware of the scope of the problem, a newspaper reported yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: A landmark verdict
It is undoubtedly a momentous verdict that was pronounced in the Ahsanullah murder case on Saturday.
 arrow Editorial: Gunfight at the border
It is ironical that while the border talks at the director general level between BDR and BSF were into their final phase, there should have been the three-hour long exchange of fire at Akhaura frontier
 arrow US policy swing in South Asia
With the American decision on the sale of F-16 fighter aircraft to Pakistan obviously the mood is celebratory in Islamabad.
 arrow Only cornering police may not help
Police do not need to be friends of the people, they just should not be people's enemy" was the comment made by a former justice at a recent roundtable titled "Seeking effective remedies: Prevention of
 arrow Shall law and order remain a problem forever?
There is no alternative to organising people to protect the country from the clutches of evil. Violence and anarchy have now turned into an epidemic as killers could not be brought to book.
Letters to Editorarrow Lives lost at workplace
Lives of dozens of garment workers have been lost in the most tragic manner as a nine-storied factory building collapsed while the factory was in operation.
 arrow Pahela Baishakh
14 April brings a dramatic change in our life: yes, this is the day when the Bengali New year arrives and we call this day "Pahela Baishakh ".
 arrow About supporting Pakistani cricketers
On April 9, 2005 a letter was published in DS in which the writer (Hasnat Ahsan) implicitly opposed the support for Pakistan cricket team in our country on the basis of the fact that 'some Pakistanis'
 arrow A bizarre cultural adventure
Until recently, there was no penalty for showing smutty.
 arrow Mount Rushmore
Situated in South Dakota, United States, the epic sculpture features the faces of four exalted presidents -- George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
 arrow Private universities and better education
Our government has approved 52 universities to provide better education in the country. A few months ago, some of them were found having better structural educational facilities than others.
 arrow Cold war (!) and cricket
India and Pakistan are two rival countries in South Asia. Since 1947 high tension is prevailing between the two countries over Kashmir.
 arrow Holiday issue
This is in response to the letter of Mr. Azad Miah (DS, 8th April). I fully endorse the views expressed by him. There is a six - hour time difference between Dow Jones and London Stock Market - no complaints.
 arrow Arms race in the subcontinent
The IAF is the world's fourth largest airforce equipped with guided missiles and hundreds of modern aircraft.
 arrow Zimbabwe elections
I am shocked at the attitude shown by Dr. Richard J Murphy in his letter (Daily Star 10/04/05) while attacking my write up "Parliamentary election in Zimbabwe" (Daily Star, 05/04/05).
 arrow Mobile operators
We are the puppets in the hands of mobile phone operators.
Four major operators control the market by their own choices. The government had no control over the monopoly business of mobile operators.

 arrow Appeal from students of Open University
Recently we have passed our HSC examinations from Bangladesh Open University. But unfortunately all the public universities have completed the process of admission.
 arrow Help her get justice
One of our Bangladeshi family members moved to the US with hopes of having a better life and is now facing the wrath of the West's misperception of our holy religion.
 arrow Punish the killers of Kibria
We the people of Habiganj and greater Sylhet have been very much shocked at the sudden and unexpected demise of our beloved personality SAMS Kibria who was the pride of Habiganj.
 arrow Let's be smart
I completely agree with Ms. Wali who wrote about improving our English pronunciation. It's a big problem in our country nowadays.
 arrow Fruit punch
It is very heartening to see development in the field of aerated water in our country. Thanks to the era of globalisation and favorable regulation of World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Star Cityarrow BRTC city bus service for women flops
Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) has failed to provide quality service through its special bus services for working women on nine routes in the city.
 arrow No free rides for commuters on the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover
Dhaka City Corporation (DCC)'s plan to construct the Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover could become an unwanted burden for citizens as they will have pay to use it.
 arrow Unclean water, utensils give rise to water borne diseases
Sales of various types of unhygienic drinks along city footpaths are on the rise as summer sets in putting public health at risk.
 arrow DU Health Care Centre in need of care
Students and staff of Dhaka University (DU) are being deprived of proper treatment at the university's Health Care Centre because of alleged mismanagement, shortage of medicine, doctors and equipment.
 arrow Banani crossing still without foot over bridge
Thousands of commuters every day cross the Banani-Kakoli crossing on Airport Road in the city with great risk as the authorities have failed to install a foot over bridge at the busy intersection in the
 
   
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